Mid-Term Project Evaluation "Wind Power Development in Belarus"

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Belarus
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
07/2018
Completion Date:
07/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
28,000

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Title Mid-Term Project Evaluation "Wind Power Development in Belarus"
Atlas Project Number: 00087557
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Belarus
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2018
Planned End Date: 07/2018
Management Response: Yes
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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 28,000
Source of Funding: GEF, UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 27,883
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title:
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
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

Strengthening the capacity of WESU through nominating of additional WESU members and regular meetings and follow-up

2

To shift the focus for the improvement of the legal & Regulatory framework from the Feed-in-Tariff scheme to the Auction mechanism

3

Provide TA for development of future electricity demand-supply patterns

4

Support Project Developers with establishing closer cooperation with IFIs, local Banks involved in financing of wind energy projects.

5

Add an Output under the Outcome 4 on daily projection of the windfarm generation

6

Extend the Project duration until December 31, 2020 as a no cost extension 

7

Revision of the Project Results Framework by the international CTA and the Project Manager

8

Hire and engage the international consultant for investment component on Wind Energy Financing

1. Recommendation:

Strengthening the capacity of WESU through nominating of additional WESU members and regular meetings and follow-up

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

the issue of WESU effective operation was discussed with all the key project stakeholders at the last meeting of the Project Board. Taking into account that many national stakeholders are involved in wind energy development in the country it was proposed to consider a possibility to reform WESU to create an inter-agency institution being able to influence the development of wind energy in the country.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct consultations with the key stakeholders to agree WESU as an inter-agency institution and identify its structure and modus operandi.
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2019/01/29]
MoEnv PIU 2019/01 Completed The consultations have started involving among other Belarusian agencies Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Economy History
Create a ToR for WESU as inter-agency facility and approve by the key stakeholders
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/12/21]
MoEnv PIU 2018/12 Completed The consultations have started involving among other Belarusian agencies Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Economy History
Have regular meetings of the new updated WESU
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2020/03/20]
MoEnv PIU 2019/12 Completed The WESU was updated and are having regular meetings, the representatives of other Ministries were not included in the WESU as it was not supported by the Project Board members. History
2. Recommendation:

To shift the focus for the improvement of the legal & Regulatory framework from the Feed-in-Tariff scheme to the Auction mechanism

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

Agree. The focus has already shifted from FiT to AM upon request of the Belarusian government. AM is considered better suiting for belarus

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Actions related to project support to improvement of the RE related legal and regulatory basis to be devised and implemented based on AM.
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2020/03/20]
MoEnv PIU UNDP 2019/12 Completed The Auction mechanism (AM) was included in the Strategy of development of renewable energy in Belarus. Adoption of the Strategy will be included in the National Action plan on green economy as one of the activities. History
3. Recommendation:

Provide TA for development of future electricity demand-supply patterns

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

Agree. The project has been working on  analysis/forecasting  the future electricity demand-supply patterns taking into account the Belarusian NPP since April 2018

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare ToR for the analysis/forecast in close consultations and under the leadership of the key national stakeholders and agree the ToR with them formally.
[Added: 2018/12/20]
MoEnv PIU 2018/04 Completed ToR developed and agreed by the IP. Tender for the work completed and company selected. The work is underway. Final report is expected in June 2019.
Hire a consultant (individuals or company) to do the work
[Added: 2018/12/20]
MoEnv PIU 2018/09 Completed ToR developed and agreed by the IP. Tender for the work completed and company selected. The work is underway. Final report is expected in June 2019.
Conduct the analysis/forecast, discuss with the key stakeholders forward to the key stakeholders
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2019/09/03]
MoEnv PIU 2019/07 Completed ToR developed and agreed by the IP. Tender for the work completed and company selected. The work is underway. History
4. Recommendation:

Support Project Developers with establishing closer cooperation with IFIs, local Banks involved in financing of wind energy projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

the project team has been intensively working international and local FIs to identify and secure to the extent possible availability of affordable loans for wind energy related project. These efforts should continue until the project end

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue working with international and national FIs to secure affordable funding for wind energy investments
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2020/03/20]
MoEnv PIU 2019/12 Completed Recommendation was fulfilled as during the first investors tender national banks and international financial institutions such as Belinvestbank, Bank of Development of Belarus and EBRD confirmed their readiness to cooperate with the selected investor. At present, the selected investor for the construction of the 25 MW wind farm in Veleshkovichi is working on a loan agreement with Belinvestbank and EBRD. History
5. Recommendation:

Add an Output under the Outcome 4 on daily projection of the windfarm generation

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

Agree. The project team should formulate such a new output in consultations with MoEnv, UNDP and other key Belarusian stakeholders and introduce this new output through a project board decision and allocate required resources 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Formulate a new output on daily projection of wind energy generation
[Added: 2018/12/20]
MoEnv. PIU 2018/11 Completed The project board has already preliminary agreed with this recommendation. The new output will be formulated and agreed in 2018 and activities to achieve this output will be planned and implemented starting from 2019.
Discuss and agree the new output by the project board; identify and allocate required resources; and introduce it into the project RF
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/12/21]
MoEnv. PIU UNDP 2018/12 Completed The project board has already preliminary agreed with this recommendation. The new output will be formulated and agreed in 2018 and activities to achieve this output will be planned and implemented starting from 2019. History
6. Recommendation:

Extend the Project duration until December 31, 2020 as a no cost extension 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

Agree. To achieve the project intended results in full the project implementation period should be extended by 18 months (no-cost extension).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Obtain clearance for extension from the UNDP-GEF team and finally agree it with the project board
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2019/01/29]
PIU, UNDP, MoEnv 2019/01 Completed The project board has preliminary agreed 18-month no-cost extension. Request for the no-cost extension drafted and forwarded to UNDP IRH for comments / clearance. History
7. Recommendation:

Revision of the Project Results Framework by the international CTA and the Project Manager

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

Agree. The project RF should be revised taking into account the results of actions taken to address the MTR recommendations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Draft a new version of the project RF and get it approved by the project board and UNDP-GEF team
[Added: 2018/12/20] [Last Updated: 2019/06/26]
PIU MoEnv UNDP 2019/11 Completed A decision on the project extension was made only on 10 June 2019, hence the key action should be also extended. History
8. Recommendation:

Hire and engage the international consultant for investment component on Wind Energy Financing

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/20]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop ToR and hire international consultant
[Added: 2018/12/20]
MoEnv 2018/09 Completed The consultant was hired in August 2018 and is working now with the project team and national stakeholders

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