European bank seeks renewables plan for Bulgaria

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a renewable energy action plan for Bulgaria including small hydropower. Responses are due January 13, 2009.

EBRD said in May it plans to leverage investments up to 15 billion euros (US$20.8 billion) in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects over the next three years in several countries. (HydroWorld 5/29/09)

Funding for the current solicitation is expected to be provided by Portugal as part of the EBRD’s donor-funded Technical Cooperation Funds Program. As a result, EBRD seeks expressions of interest from Portuguese firms to perform the work. Up to 30 percent of the 200,000 euro (US$287,000) budget may be used for Bulgarian consultants.

The work includes development of a Renewable Energy Action Plan to be submitted for adoption by the European Commission. The plan must outline a path to final mandatory renewable energy targets for Bulgaria, including likely costs, support schemes, and reinforcement of the grid infrastructure to handle renewables.

The five-month assignment is expected to begin in January 2010.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the EBRD Internet site,

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English and not exceeding 30 pages, are due by January 13, submitted electronically via the EBRD eSelection Internet site, For information, contact Cyril Korsak, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, (44) 20-73386467; Fax: (44) 20-73387451; E-mail:; Internet:

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