The United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative aims  to bring together top-level leadership from all sectors of society to provide universal access to modern energy services and thereby create a more prosperous, healthy, and clean world. Tetra Tech supported the U.S. government’s participation in the SE4ALL initiative.

The United States pledged $2 billion toward SE4ALL, with the U.S. Department of State designated as the agency responsible for coordinating the government’s efforts. Former Secretary of State Clinton tasked the Bureau of Energy Resources with responsibility for U.S. participation in the SE4ALL initiative.

Tetra Tech provided the Department of State with the outside help needed to accomplish four primary objectives:

  1. Developing the new SE4ALL Secretariat
  2. Analyzing current and potential future U.S. government programs to advance the goals of the SE4ALL Global Action Plan
  3. Carrying out field assessments and planning activities with select members of the 55 countries that committed to participate in the SE4ALL initiative
  4. Preparing a “Doing Business in Sustainable Energy” methodology for use in comparative country analysis of the enabling environment in cooperating countries

In 2012 Tetra Tech put together a team of experts to carry out advisory functions in the United States, at the SE4ALL Secretariat in Vienna, and in select developing countries. Our team—with expertise in power economics, decentralized energy, natural gas, electricity system planning, and private-sector investment financing in renewable energy sectors—worked to accomplish the four objectives by:

  1. Helping establish the Secretariat and its key functions
  2. Providing analysis and reporting, including exploring financing and business models for increasing energy efficiency investment and private-sector capital flow; power sector reform and regional electricity market development  and strategies for integrating renewable energy and natural gas; and the economics of decentralized, renewable energy systems
  3. Conducting in-country field assessments and helping to draft action/implementation plans for the first countries SE4ALL considered for action—India, Bangladesh, and Ghana
  4. Developing sustainable energy plans that include lessons learned from existing programs and from new programs that are especially important in terms of the SE4ALL Global Action Plan