We structured a public-private partnership to finance and install solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency retrofits in schools in Jamaica. The Government of Jamaica knew that rooftop solar photo-voltaic systems and energy efficiency retrofits could cut electricity costs at public schools, but lacked the finance and expertise needed to implement its ideas.
Castalia carried out a feasibility study for a US$4.1 billion expressway to reduce congestion and promote trade between the two largest cities in Bangladesh.Congestion on the highway between Dhaka and Chittagong is so severe that it significantly affects Bangladesh’s internal trade. Approximately 90 percent of the country’s goods are transported through this corridor.
Castalia provided expert evidence that an increase in port charges by the Port of Newcastle was reasonable given historic under-charging. The Port of Newcastle was declared under Part IIIA of the Consumer Competition Act, making its prices subject to regulatory determination. Glencore, one of the world’s largest miners and a port user, called for the Port of Newcastle to roll-back price increases the port had introduced
Castalia helped the Mineral Council of Australia present a case against the proposed privatization of national rail system operator, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). ARTC was potentially going to be privatized and if the new owners focused on their own commercial interests, there was a risk that it could compromise the voluntary coordination arrangements that ensured the efficiency of the supply chain.
Castalia developed new business models that increase the efficient use of water in the agriculture sector while maximizing farmer income. 2030 Water Resource Group wanted to know how financing programs can incentivize smallholder farmers to adopt efficient irrigation technologies. Many smallholder farmers do not use water efficiently while others are unable to irrigate at all because of water scarcity.
Castalia evaluated the value of lower level courses at Open Polytechnic, New Zealand, and showed that they had a benefit-cost ratio of 3.5 to 4. Government funding for Open Polytechnic’s lower level courses was under threat because of low student retention rates.
Castalia developed a Master Plan for the Federated States of Micronesia to increase electricity access to 100 percent and to decrease reliance on imported fuel. The Federal Government, State Governments, and utilities in FSM needed to coordinate activities to achieve universal electrification and reach their renewable energy targets.
Castalia assessed Jordan’s electricity generation capacity and storage needs between 2020 and 2030, the optimal technology mix for this additional capacity, and where our client could be competitive. An international infrastructure fund manager was looking for investment opportunities in Jordan’s electricity generation sector.
Castalia identified four transmission investment opportunities in the US that aligned with our client’s investment profile and criteria, and advised on market dynamics and the different types of privately financed transmission projects. Our client was diversifying its investment portfolio into the contracted energy sector and needed to understand the market for privately-financed transmission in the US.