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The Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP) in Malawi exceeded the initial project objectives in terms of peak demand savings. Direct feeder measurements in the three regions recorded savings of 65 MW (representing 20% of the current demand) during the morning peak period and 51 MW during the evening peak as shown in the figure below.

  Pre and Post Installation monitoring of the EELP in Malawi highlighting savings achieved

The figures are based on the impact of around 940,000 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (out of a 2 million program) that were directly installed in households replacing existing incandescent bulbs. The estimated energy savings of 62 GWh/year is sufficient for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) to connect an additional 18,850 new customers to the grid based on a weighted average of low, medium and high consumption customer categories. A survey of participating customers showed electricity savings of 30% resulting from the program that covered all residential and small enterprises nationwide.

The program is ongoing with retailers selling Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) procured under the project to the private sector at discounted prices with the aim of transforming the market from low quality to high quality CFLs with warranties. To ensure sustainability a policy was developed for the phase-out of Incandescent Bulbs and introduction of minimum energy performance standards (MEPs) for CFLs.The Energy Efficient Lighting Program was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and designed and implemented by IIEC.
  IIEC undertaking the Energy Efficient Lighting Program in Malawi

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In September 2013, the IIEC was awarded the Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency Phase 2 (DSM/EE II) Project by the Electricite Du Laos (EDL). This project is part of a grant from the World Bank to the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

Based on the successful design and implementation of pilot DSM activities and projects as well as the action plan developed in Phase 1 by IIEC, EDL requested support from World Bank for Phase 2 in order to scale up the DSM activities and projects at a country level.

Therefore, under DSM/EE II, IIEC will be tasked with:

  • Implementation of a comprehensive Public Sector EE Program,
  • Implementation of Large Scale EE Lighting Program for Residential and Small Commercial Sector
  • Capacity Building of New DSM Cell Staff and Energy Coordinators
  • Design and Implementation of Consumer Awareness and Behavioral Program
  • Design and Implementation of EE Appliance Standards and Labeling Program
  • Assessment and Implementation of Pilot DSM Program Options for Agriculture, Commercial and Industrial Sector
  • Upgrading of the Energy Use Database

The large scale distribution of CFLs nationwide is due to commence in October 2013 in the Southern provinces and in November 2013 in the Northern part of Lao PDR.

  Advertising campaign on the distribution of 200,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to households nationwide,
issued on September 26, 2013

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The IIEC has extensive experience in the implementation of large scale energy efficient lighting programs in developing countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific region.

In India, IIEC was contracted by the USAID to support the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) in designing and implementing the BESCOM Efficient Lighting Program (BELP). The objective was to target 1.8 million consumers with the message of “Lighting up your life ….. Efficiently”. As part of the project, approximately 475,000 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) were distributed together with awareness materials. The program resulted in savings of 17 MW of peak demand over a period of 9 months in the city of Bangalore, and the program design is now being used as a model by other utilities in India.

In Viet Nam, IIEC conducted the evaluation of the Viet Nam energy efficient lighting program for the World Bank and the Electricity of Viet Nam. IIEC was tasked with program monitoring and developing a tracking system for the CFL program, including appropriate performance indicators as well as conduct of detailed evaluations of CFL program and recommend refinements to program design.

In Lao People's Democratic Republic, IIEC was the technical consultant for a World Bank funded project on demand-side management (DSM). The IIEC project team prepared a Compact Fluorescent Lighting program design and provided support to the Electricite du Laos (EDL) in the procurement of 400,000 CFLs. The distribution and installation of CFL will commence under Phase 2 of the DSM project which was awarded to IIEC in August 2013 (see news item above).

In the Philippines, IIEC is currently providing technical assistance to the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) in the procurement and distribution of more than 8.6 million CFLs nationwide, under a loan from the Asian Development Bank.The estimated energy savings are of 290 million kWh/year equivalent to almost 3 billion pesos.

In Malawi, IIEC recently designed and implemented a 2.0 million CFL program and developed the guidelines for lamp waste management in a project funded by the Department of International Development in the UK (see news article on Malawi in this E-Notes).

IIEC’s vast knowledge and wealth of experience was recently referenced in the World Bank Institute’s new CFL experience toolkit. The toolkit provides a guide on how to create a CFL program and references a number of projects and documents prepared by IIEC. The toolkit is available on

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The International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) is the Technical Assistance Consultant for the Promoting Energy Efficiency in The Pacific: Phase 2 (PEEP2) funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).