March 30, 2022, Aktau, Kazakhstan – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Central Asia business signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mangistau Regional Electricity Network Company (MRENC), JSC to develop a study on renewable energy (RE) grid integration. MRENC is one of the largest distribution companies in Kazakhstan, supplying 90% of the electricity consumed by the country’s largest oil companies.
As part of the MoU, USAID’s Power Central Asia activity will help the MRENC assess and develop a plan to facilitate greater penetration of renewable energy into the Mangistau power system, in accordance with the Kazakhstan’s overall goal to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Technical assistance includes the development of a regional energy balance forecast for Mangistau to 2035, an assessment of the penetration of technically and economically viable renewable energy in the region, recommended grid upgrades needed to integrate renewable energy, as well as capacity building and stakeholder engagement.
Mr. Aydar Makhambet, Chairman of the MRENC Board of Directors, and Dr. Patrick Meyer, Energy Advisor, USAID/Central Asia, opened the MOU signing ceremony. During the event, Dr. Meyer said, “Through cooperation like this, the USAID Power Central Asia business provides technical services to the region’s national governments, utilities, power system operators , energy companies, distribution companies and other stakeholders to support energy. the transition and decarbonization of Central Asia’s power industry – essential steps to mitigate the impact of climate change in the region.
USAID’s Power Central Asia activity is a five-year, $39 million regional power program that assists the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to meet their economic priorities through the energy sector. USAID’s Power Central Asia activity aims to support improved power sector performance, introduce clean energy competitively, and improve energy security and resilience through greater regional connectivity and the expansion of cross-border electricity trade.
Globally, the electricity sector accounts for just over 40% of energy sector CO2 emissions, representing a critical frontier of climate change mitigation efforts. Through its clean energy work, USAID is partnering with the Government of Kazakhstan and other countries in the region to expand the use of modern energy technologies in ways that increase access to energy for all communities and leverage private sector investment and expertise in renewable energy deployment.
Over the past decade, USAID has played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for an economically viable market-based regional power system in Central Asian countries. USAID has also strengthened regulatory frameworks to enable the development of renewable energy, improvements in energy efficiency, digitalization of the electricity sector, and improvements in cybersecurity. USAID works with a range of local and regional partners to build local capacity, facilitate cooperation, and support private sector market-based solutions.
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalyst for development results. For more information, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional and USAID’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAIDCentralAsia.