This report evaluated the Thailand Promotion of Electricity Energy Efficiency (TPEEE) Project, which was co-financed by the GEF (US$9 million). The project was national in scope and consisted of a five-year demand-side management (DSM) plan. It was implemented by the Demand-Side Management Office (DSMO) of the state-owned public electricity utility, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).
Lessons learned include:
- Consumer awareness, consumer and investor knowledge and confidence in energy efficiency products is a key objective for an effective DSM program;
- Capacity building it is helpful to begin with programs that do not require extensive cooperation with other agencies;
- Program design, a program should be designed in a way that allows "early wins" that then lead to expanded programs.
- Commercial markets, ESCO (Energy Services Company) models must be developed to suit the local or national business culture
- Sustainability, voluntary programs are useful as a necessary step toward the development of minimum standards. This is relevant to both low and high incremental cost products. To sustain energy efficiency achievements, however, mandatory standards may be required.
- Also, with internal planning, it is important to have an external, third-party monitor and an evaluation process/ agency involved on a regular basis. This leads to credible data and confidence in the reported results of the programs.