Uganda GET FiT: Modelling of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy projects
To enhance financing and development of small-scale (<20MW) renewable generation projects Uganda has introduced a renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFiT). The REFiT levels are calculated pursuant to a cost-reflective, technology-specific methodology, and have been reviewed and adjusted in 2009 and 2012. Under the current REFiT scheme, the following RE generation types are supported: small hydro, biomass, bagasse, waste-to-energy, biogas, landfill gas, geothermal and wind.
Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is tasked with continually reviewing and adjusting these tariffs. The GET FiT Technical Assistance facility intends support ERA by establishing best class procedures and protocols to maintain, adjust and monitor cost-reflective, sustainable and investment-incentivizing REFiT levels.
In this context, Frankfurt School supported the development and implementation of a technology-specific benchmarking database, financial models and related manuals for the periodic review of the REFiTs. As a separate but related project, ERA required support in the review of tariffs for large-scale hydro plants. The TA facility supported ERA to improve in-house competence to assess proposed financial models, to assess inputs and cost drivers, and to develop and articulate negotiation positions.