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The ANDENERGY project purpose is to develop a energy plan for communities of the Andean zones: urban, peri-urban and rural. The energy plan will be a decisive tool for local and international actors to know the current situation of target countries from energy point of view. After that, the energy plan will identify and propose the strategies in order to increase the access to energy services and consequently contributes with the poverty eradication of the Andean communities. The project consortium include European and Andean universities expert in energy planning that works from several years with government, administrations, agencies, NGO’S in the energy field and specifically for Andean communities. The development of this project concerns four principal tasks organized in 10 Work Packages. These specific tasks are: Identification and characterisation of the Policies, Regulations and Trend of the Andean target countries; Energy chain identification; Energy chain assessment; Energy chain perspectives.


  • The main results of the Project are the comprehensive studies made and the involvement of heterogeneous stakeholders and communities. More than 500 pages of reports have been written and more than 100 important documents and 200 important contacts have been collected, thanks to more than 90 visits, 7 field trips, 6 meetings-workshops and 2 final conferences. All the aspects of the whole energy chain were analyzed.
  • Indeed many ANDENERGY indications were acknowledged by Ecuador and Peru Governments. The 2007 Peruvian and Ecuadorian Rural Electrification Plans include RETs (Renewable Energy Technologies) systems and off grid projects. The 2007 Ecuadorian Electrification Master Plan indicated RETs as the best alternative and an analysis of the hydro theoretical, technical and economic potential is made, together with an analysis of current and future RETs installations.
  • Pre-feasibility studies to install other technologies for domestic application (biomass from agricultural residues, micro wind, solar collectors, picoHydro uses)
  • Increased knowledge and coordination between key actors of the Andean energy region, notably local energy sector professionals
  • More private participation sector to carry out the energy strategies developed

Lessons learned

  • ANDENERGY highlighted the following necessary actions to improve the provision of energy services for poverty alleviation: Decentralized financing mechanism; Establishment of a guarantee fund to dedicated credit lines for proven RETs with proven potential and applications; Promoting a basic loan program for small enterprises with longer terms and tax-deductible and lower interest rates.
  • Enforce the laws (and the relative regulations, codes and standards) for liberalization, decentralization, private investment promotion, creative concessions, rural electrification, energy efficiency, and renewable energy promotion by source (hydro, geothermal, photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, and biomass) and by application (cooking, heating, water supply, lighting, communication, refrigeration). For example: Extending tax exemption of hydrocarbons to RETs;Developing effective communication
  • Detailed assessment of all renewable energy sources’ potential; develop commercial enterprises, like local RETs retailers and equipment dealers, which understand and are willing to serve “poor” markets providing technical assistance (including basic care of the equipment), monitoring and evaluation components; Develop minimum service packages to provide power to schools, hospitals and other public facilities. Last updated: 28.06.2010

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Interuniversity Research Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Rome La Sapienza
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Fabio Orecchini
0039 06


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01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007
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