BNEF’s Climatescope report to include Africa and Asia for 2013

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Climatescope, a report, index and web tool focussed on the clean energy market, will this year include markets in Africa and Asia, after last year’s inaugural edition centred on Latin America and the Caribbean. The report will be prepared by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and was conceived by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), which is part of the Inter-American Development Bank.

This year’s Climatescope index will cover clean energy policy and investment in 55 countries, including ranking countries for private investment potential. According to BNEF, the project was funded to counter the problem of insufficiently “clear, reliable information on risks and regulatory issues”. The report aims to help governments to update and modernise regulatory policies as well as encouraging private investment.

In addition to providing information on investment opportunities, the report’s coverage will also “investigate local climate finance, low carbon value chains and greenhouse gas management activities”. Climatescope will be updated throughout the year after publication.

Climatescope 2013 has been funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and its Trans-Atlantic counterpart, US Agency for International Development (USAID), in addition to MIF. The expanded index also marks the beginning of a joint effort between the UK and US through the initiative Power Africa US president Barack Obama announced the inception of Power Africa in June 2013, aimed at increasing electricity coverage in the continent through measures including private-public partnerships.

The news follows shortly after an announcement by the UK energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, speaking at the UN's COP19 climate change conference in Warsaw that the British government will not be investing taxpayers’ money in coal-fired power stations in developing nations in future. The government has done so in the past through development banks to the tune of around US$500 million (US$300 million).

Development banks and other development finance institutions have been strongly linked with various large PV and CPV projects recently. In the past two months, German state development bank KfW agreed to loan US$900 million to a CPV project in Morocco, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation put in US$100.4 million in project financing to a 50.7 MWp PV project SunEdison will build in Chile, the Asian Development Bank lent US$500 million for PV projects in Rajasthan, India, and in China developer Focusic New Energy received a CNY200 million (US$32.8 million) loan from the China Development Bank for construction of a 20MW CPV plant. In the US, the North American Development Bank agreed in mid-October to lend US$50.8 million for four PV plants in San Diego, California.

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