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The World Bank, in association with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is planning to undertake the Southern Provincial Rural Electrification II Project (SPRE II) in Lao PDR to expand rural electricity service in the central and southern provinces by extending the grid to some 50,000-75,000 households and providing electricity via off-grid technologies (including solar, village hydro, and distributed engine-generator sets) to another 18,000 households. SPRE II will also advance the power sector reform agenda in critical areas such as completing the commercialization of Electricity du Laos (EdL), continuing the process of tariff policy reform for the EdL grids, and creating a Demand-Side Management /Energy Efficiency (DSM/EE) program within EdL.


IIEC has been contracted to conduct a preliminary assessment of the DSM/EE potential in Lao PDR and to develop a strategy, program plan and institutional arrangements for DSM implemented through a DSM Cell to be established within EdL. The assignment, which will be completed during October 2004, is to conduct the background study, organizational planning and program development necessary to prepare EdL to undertake the DSM activities to be funded under SPRE II. In a parallel capacity-building project, a delegation of Lao officials will undertake a DSM study tour to assess and learn from DSM programs in Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. The study tour is being coordinated by Danish Energy Management A/S. For more information, contact Felix Goonerate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .