Tetra Tech promotes the planning and deployment of large-scale, grid-connected renewable energy through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) project.

Falling prices and quick construction times attract many developing countries to seek renewable energy solutions. However, government energy ministries in these countries may lack the tools to conduct sophisticated strategic energy planning, or the expertise necessary to navigate competitive procurement processes. Through USAID’s SURE project, Tetra Tech provides best practices and technical assistance through energy sector capacity building to scale up renewable energy utilization around the globe.

Tetra Tech’s technical assistance and best practices empower USAID’s partner countries to improve and expand their strategic energy planning in grid-integrated variable renewable energy (VRE). SURE also strengthens local institutions and advances economic growth and energy security to improve power sector performance, which contributes to partner countries self-reliance.

In 2019, Tetra Tech supported the Government of Colombia (GOC) with the design and implementation of energy auctions, and provided technical support to the GOC in their efforts to quickly and effectively integrate VRE into Colombia’s electricity market. Colombia’s first successful renewable energy auction awarded contracts that will boost energy generation capacity by nearly 1,400 megawatts (MW).

Previously, Tetra Tech supported Mexico’s energy ministry (SENER), regulator (CRE), market and system operator (CENACE), and major utility (CFE) with preparations for its third and fourth clean energy auctions, as well as its first transmission auction. Through SURE, Tetra Tech also provided Kazakhstan with clean energy auction support through workshops to the government on the future of the country’s power sector, auctions, best practice power purchase agreements, transmission, and storage.

Tetra Tech now works with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India to implement the second phase of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D). PACE-D is building national and state level capacity to improve resource planning and competitive procurement, leading to better quality service at lower costs to consumers, and accelerating the deployment of distributed renewable energy technologies to improve affordable access.

Additionally, Tetra Tech is developing guides for energy auction planners and policymakers to help USAID partner countries make evidence-based investment and planning decisions.

Since 2018, Tetra Tech has:

  • Conducted training and capacity-building programs in 20 countries
  • Initiated a VRE forecasting pilot program in Indonesia
  • Created design and planning tools to conduct renewable energy auctions

Tetra Tech also produced two white papers that examine barriers to grid integration and strategies for the operation of power systems with higher shares of VRE in Colombia, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The papers assessed VRE forecasting in these five countries and identified specific areas where technical assistance pilots could be deployed.

In Indonesia, Tetra Tech is helping the state-owned utility (PLN) design a process to incorporate renewable energy forecasts into dispatch decisions, supplemented by an evaluation of PLN’s system readiness to automate VRE generation forecasting as part of its regular operations.

In multiple countries, Tetra Tech provided governments with information on the latest trends in renewable energy auctions and development. For example, our team used the legal and financial prequalification requirements developed for the Mexican transmission bid process as a basis for developing Kazakhstan’s renewable energy bidding process. In Senegal and Tanzania, Tetra Tech delivered tailored workshops on global trends, auction design, and related opportunities. Most recently, Tetra Tech delivered a regional workshop to discuss global best practices in competitive procurement, including key design elements and innovations applicable to South and Southeast Asia. The event convened more than 60 participants representing key sector institutions from 11 countries.