Terminal evaluation - Biomass Energy for Rural India

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2014
Completion Date:
03/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Terminal evaluation - Biomass Energy for Rural India
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, India
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2013
Planned End Date: 01/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.5. Inclusive and sustainable solutions adopted to achieve increased energy efficiency and universal modern energy access (especially off-grid sources of renewable energy)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Roland Wong International Consultant
Sanjay Mande National Consultant INDIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 598
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: INDIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 The recommendations and the report were shared with Implementing Partner, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj (RDPR) dept., Government of Karnataka (GoK). The subject of balance fund release by GoK and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy [MNRE] was presented by UNDP in the final Project Steering Committee [PSC] meeting. In addition, all the recommendations were presented at the PSC.
2 With GEF funds, preparatory activities and planning was to set up load shifting mechanism was completed. Bangalore Electricity Supply Company [BESCOM], local electricity distribution company was assigned the task by PSC to execute the assignment. Now the project is closed from UNDP side, assets transferred, GOK has been informed on the importance of this task.
3 Outsourcing the operations were attempted when the project was active. There were no credible proposals against the tender. At the end of project duration, M/s Pointec came up with their proposal, however, it exceeded the revenue that could be generated from the plant operations. This viability gap needs to be either filled by revising the tariff or by allocating additional funds. The Terminal Evaluation report has been shared with the IP, with the proposed recommendation for consideration.
4 The Terminal Evaluation report has been shared with the IP, i.e. Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj [Government of Karnataka]. BERI Society was created to manage the project since year 2005 itself, handhold it post closure from UNDP and to promote biopower in the state of Karnataka. However, IP has identified Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board (KSBDB) set up under RDPR itself which also has similar objectives. BERI Society is merged into KSBDB subsequent to closure by UNDP. UNDP has transferred the assets to IP who in turn have transferred it to KSBDB. KSBDB is preparing a plan to revive and continue the project to meet its overall goal of training, nurturing entrepreneurship. KSBDB to take further action.
1. Recommendation: The recommendations and the report were shared with Implementing Partner, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj (RDPR) dept., Government of Karnataka (GoK). The subject of balance fund release by GoK and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy [MNRE] was presented by UNDP in the final Project Steering Committee [PSC] meeting. In addition, all the recommendations were presented at the PSC.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/06/03]

No further action is required by UNDP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2014/06/03]
GoK; MNRE, GoI 2013/03 Completed
2. Recommendation: With GEF funds, preparatory activities and planning was to set up load shifting mechanism was completed. Bangalore Electricity Supply Company [BESCOM], local electricity distribution company was assigned the task by PSC to execute the assignment. Now the project is closed from UNDP side, assets transferred, GOK has been informed on the importance of this task.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/06/03] [Last Updated: 2014/06/03]

No further action is required by UNDP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2014/06/03]
Government of Karnataka 2013/03 Completed
3. Recommendation: Outsourcing the operations were attempted when the project was active. There were no credible proposals against the tender. At the end of project duration, M/s Pointec came up with their proposal, however, it exceeded the revenue that could be generated from the plant operations. This viability gap needs to be either filled by revising the tariff or by allocating additional funds. The Terminal Evaluation report has been shared with the IP, with the proposed recommendation for consideration.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/06/03]

No further action is required by UNDP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2014/06/03]
Government of Karnataka 2013/03 Completed
4. Recommendation: The Terminal Evaluation report has been shared with the IP, i.e. Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj [Government of Karnataka]. BERI Society was created to manage the project since year 2005 itself, handhold it post closure from UNDP and to promote biopower in the state of Karnataka. However, IP has identified Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board (KSBDB) set up under RDPR itself which also has similar objectives. BERI Society is merged into KSBDB subsequent to closure by UNDP. UNDP has transferred the assets to IP who in turn have transferred it to KSBDB. KSBDB is preparing a plan to revive and continue the project to meet its overall goal of training, nurturing entrepreneurship. KSBDB to take further action.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/06/03]

No further action is required from UNDP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2014/06/03]
KSBDB 2013/03 Completed

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