Terminal Evaluation PIMS 4462: Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Belarus
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2021
Completion Date:
06/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation PIMS 4462: Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus
Atlas Project Number: 00075891
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Belarus
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.5.1 Solutions adopted to achieve universal access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy
SDG Goal
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • 7.b By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Manfred Stockmayer International consultant
Viktoryia Kalosha National consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4374
PIMS Number: 4462
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: BELARUS, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

1. Promotion of de-risking approach applied and replication in other countries.

2

2. Support Ministry of Energy in implementation of auctioning.

3

3. Further development of methodology for the daily projection of wind energy generation.

4

4. Further support of work of WPFI.

5

5. Improve work on environmental impacts of wind power.

6

6. Finalize guidelines and publish them on project website. 

7

7. Investigate procurement support by UNDP in NIM implemented projects. 

8

Agree on future of project website. 

1. Recommendation:

1. Promotion of de-risking approach applied and replication in other countries.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.2. Explore opportunities to distribute information on the de-risking work by UNDP Belarus to other countries in the region.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
UNDP, IRH 2022/12 Initiated South - South bilateral cooperation and assistance of the UNDP IRH will be sought to share the de-risking related experience. The de-risking approach can also be applied to other types of investments not only RE related ones. History
1.1. Inform other UNDP Belarus portfolios of the de-risking approach used by the Wind project.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
UNDP 2021/08 Completed Other two portfolios were informed on the de-risking approach used by the Wind project during one of the CO management meetings.
2. Recommendation:

2. Support Ministry of Energy in implementation of auctioning.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Partially accepted. Being a UN agency, UNDP can not support the Government in auctioning. What can be done is assisting the country in further developing its legal and regulatory framework pertinent to RE projects preparation and auctioning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Explore options to assist the country in further development the country’s legal and regulatory framework related to preparation and auctioning renewable energy pre-investment assets.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
UNDP, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy 2022/12 Initiated UNDP will assist the country in further developing a national legal and regulatory framework for RE projects preparation and auctioning to find reliable investors based on the international best practice.
3. Recommendation:

3. Further development of methodology for the daily projection of wind energy generation.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. To explore options of including the development of methodology for the daily projection of wind energy generation into one of the future renewable energy projects.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
UNDP, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Energy, Belhydromet 2022/12 Initiated UNDP provided support to the country in developing its capacity in development of a methodology for daily projection of wind energy generation in the country. UNDP will explore options of including such an activity into future renewable energy projects following consultations with the key national partners and potential donors.
4. Recommendation:

4. Further support of work of WPFI.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Partially accepted. WPFI is a commercial entity created with the Wind project support to promote market related mechanisms for wind energy development in the country. The WPFI is expected to function independently of the project after its creation developing and selling RE pre-investment assets and providing expert advice/support to RE related projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. To indirectly support the work of Wind Private Finance Initiative (WPFI) through relevant capacity building activities as well as supporting the country in creating favorable environment for renewable energy in Belarus.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
UNDP, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Energy, other governmental interested institutions 2022/12 Initiated WPFI is a commercial entity established with project support. UNDP will further support commercial entities indirectly through relevant capacity building activities along with actions aiming to create a favorable environment for renewable energy, including wind energy, development in Belarus.
5. Recommendation:

5. Improve work on environmental impacts of wind power.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. To support the MoEnv in further national capacity with respect to identifying adverse impact of wind energy installations on the environment.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, UNDP 2022/12 Initiated UNDP will further build national capacity to conduct environmental impact assessment (including assessment at the strategic level) of wind energy developments. Such support can be included as a component into future wind energy related projects or into broader environment related projects, as well. Respective discussion should be held with national counterparts and potential donors at the earliest project development stage.
6. Recommendation:

6. Finalize guidelines and publish them on project website. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. To finalize all the guidelines and standards on topics related to wind power the project is working on.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, PIU 2021/07 Completed All project’s work on guidelines and standards was finalized. The respective documents were handed over to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection for approval/further processing.
7. Recommendation:

7. Investigate procurement support by UNDP in NIM implemented projects. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. To explore options available to UNDP to provide procurement support to full-NIM projects.
[Added: 2021/10/05]
UNDP, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Economy 2022/12 Initiated Taking into account that UNDP involvement in implementing NIM projects will be very limited, options available to UNDP to provide procurement support to NIM projects funded by the GEF will be closely and carefully explored and discussed with national partners and UNDP IRH and HQ.
8. Recommendation:

Agree on future of project website. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/05]

Accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. Transfer of selected information to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Belhydromet and the Wind Private Finance Initiative (created with project support).
[Added: 2021/10/05]
PIU, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belhydromet, WPFI 2021/09 Completed Project Website is owned by the MNREP. The agreed information from the project web-site was transferred to key stakeholders, namely the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belhydromet and WPFI.

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