Latest News & Publications

Assisting Turkey new electricity & gas markets

Mar 2019

MRC Group, together with our partners ECCON Intl and EXERGIA, has been appointed by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) of Turkey to assist them in the development of the power and gas markets in the country. The consortium, led by MRC, will assist MENR in a series of studies on the harmonisation of electricity and natural gas laws following the adoption of the EU Third Energy Package. For more information contact Jorge Colomer

Barriers to Entry in all EU Retail Energy Markets

Mar 2019

MRC, VaasaETT, REKK, and The Advisory House are delighted to announce the commencement of a Europe-wide research project to analyse barriers to entry in retail energy markets in the EU. The ground-breaking project, the most extensive of its kind to-date, will research the challenges facing suppliers and other retail market competitors such as aggregators and ESCOs in 30 European electricity and gas markets. All 28 member states plus Switzerland and Norway, will be researched. For more information contact José María López

EMRC attends the Benin EDC 2019 Retreat Programme

Mar 2019

EMRC attended the Benin Electricity Distribution Company 2019 Retreat Programme. During the retreat we facilitated a session on Global Industry Review and the Outlook for 2019. Participants at the retreat interacted to develop relevant plans for effective business operations in the future.

PPAs for Renewable Energy Generation in Spain

Mar 2019

Development of renewable energy projects beyond traditional regulatory scheme and periodic auctions organized by the Spanish authorities is boosting. Apart from conventional alternatives to develop renewable energy, available options for commercializing this energy in the market mostly focused on power self-generation and possible bilateral contracting (PPAs’) with end consumers. Click on the link to read the full paper.

KETRACO Investment & Financing Strategy

Mar 2019

MRC assisted KETRACO in developing an investment and financing strategy that will allow the company to implement its corporate strategy without compromising its financial sustainability. MRC developed a forward-looking model aimed at evaluating different scenarios of KETRACO’s financial performance varying the main drivers which affect the company. For more information contact José María López

Brazil: Privatisation in an Uncertain Market

Mar 2019

The current Government in Brazil has been making its way through privatization plans in the energy and other infrastructure sectors (water & sanitation, roads, ports, airports, oil and gas) since launching its investment partnership program (PPI) in September 2016. Read our full report here.

Special Report on Capped Estimated Billing

Nov 2018

NERC shared the Draft Consultation Paper on the Capping of Estimated Billing with distribution companies on 2 November 2018. The paper raises some issues of significant concern to distribution companies. For more information on this report please contact

Under the Grid Report

Nov 2018

EMRC were co-authors on a report 'Under the Grid' which was led by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The report looks at ways to improve the economics and reliability of rural electricity service with undergrid minigrids. Download a copy of the report via the following link

Special Report - Draft Meter Services Agreement

Aug 2018

By the end of the year all meter installation will need to be passed across to MAPs. Therefore getting a robust and workable contract in place with each MAP is critical for future performance. Follow the link to read more about MAP. For more information on this report contact

Power Rationing in a Long-Term Power Shortage

Jul 2018

EMRC co-authors a journal paper with the University of Edinburgh on power rationing in a long-term power shortage (Energy Policy). We develop methods to quantify the trade-off between maximising the total amount of power delivered and distributing the available power in a fairer way. We apply our methods to a case study of the Nigerian Power system and analyse the Pareto frontiers between efficiency and fairness. We show that current Nigerian policies reduce the total amount of power delivered by up to 5%. Please contact for more details.


COSST Model Training for LEWA

Jul 2018

MRC Group were engaged by the Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA) to deliver Cost of Service Study Tariff (COSST) model training for LEWA, Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Department of Energy (DoE). The aim of the training was the building of an understanding in users of the COSST model and how to apply it and ensure users learn to operate the model effectively. Our training experts assisted appointed LEWA, LEC and DoE trainees to become COSST model experts that will be available as trainers to pass on their knowledge in years to come. Such training is intended to form the foundation for LEWA to undertake the determination of LEC’s tariffs for 2018/19 and beyond.

Off-Grid Energy Tariffs in Tanzania

Mar 2018

MRC has recently been appointed to develop a conceptual framework and decision-making tool for designing user charges for off-grid energy solutions and determining appropriate subsidization/incentive in Tanzania. It is designed to support policy makers and regulators in creating a level playing field for services supplied by off-grid solutions vs. the central grid, thereby supporting the broader objective of scaling up energy access in Tanzania.

Special Review on MAP Regulations

Mar 2018

The main change from the draft regulation is the introduction of a Metering Service Charge, which is a payment made by a customer provided with a MAP meter to cover the cost of metering services. This charge is separate from the MYTO retail tariff. This way of ring-fencing the charges associated with the MAP scheme may be beneficial but for Discos to take advantage of this there are several actions that must be undertaken. For a copy of the report contact us.