Client: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Dates: 1999 - 2000

Country of assignment: Romania

Description of actual services provided:

Encon staff developed the Energy Efficiency Investment Program for rehabilitation of the municipal district heating system in the city of Constanta under the auspices of the Southeastern European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) program, with funding from USAID. Encon staff examined energy savings opportunities at the district heating network with a 240-kilometer long primary distribution system and 134 substations and schools controlled by the Constanta municipal government. By examining both demand-side and supply-side (distribution) efficiency simultaneously, the project was designed to be a more comprehensive solution to the municipality’s overall heating requirements through commercial financing. Assessment included three alternatives of a central system upgrade that included a multifuel base, small substation level and building level gas fired boilers, replacement of primary and secondary piping network, upgrade of substations and installation of a modern control system and metering. The study supported a $20 million investment project by the EBRD