The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending US$ 30 million to ICS Premier Energy Distribution S.A., Moldova’s largest private electricity distribution system operator, to finance its investment programme to 2025 while it modernises, digitalises and upgrades the distribution grid in the central and southern parts of the country, including the capital Chisinau.
Fostering energy resilience is a key element in the EBRD’s 2023-2028 investment strategy for Moldova.
This loan follows on from Chisinau’s becoming the first Moldovan city to join the Bank’s flagship €5 billion urban sustainability programme, EBRD Green Cities, to plan to improve its sustainability. In its Green City Action Plan, drawn up in 2020, Chisinau identified air pollution and climate mitigation as priority environmental challenges.
Modernising the regional grid – through the EBRD’s third Green Cities project in energy and the second in Europe – will help address both, saving more than 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year and contributing to the reduction of losses by 21 per cent, through replacing older assets with more energy efficient ones. Over half the investment programme will focus on Chisinau and its surrounding area.
The loan to help Premier Energy Distribution transform a conventional distribution grid into a digital smart grid, ensuring security of supply and improving services to end users, is in two tranches. US$ 22 million will cover Premier Energy Distribution’s investment programme through 2024. A further US$ 8 million will cover its 2025 programme.