USAID/Colombia's Clean Energy Program Faced Delays in Achieving Intended Results

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As part of USAID’s commitment to work with the Colombian Government to strengthen environmental resilience, USAID/Colombia signed an $18.7 million, 5-year, cost-plus-fixed- fee, completion-type contract with Tetra Tech ES Inc. to implement the Colombia Clean Energy Program in January 2012. The contract was intended to increase access to renewable energy sources and increase energy-efficient practices.

OIG found the program had achievements— for example, it supported the Colombian Government in developing regulations and decrees to facilitate tax incentives for renewables and energy-efficient practices— but did not increase access as expected. The program was also behind on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing employment as a result of clean-energy program interventions.

Although the subject contract was nearly complete, OIG found USAID must do more to identify obstacles to achieving program goals, promptly make any needed course corrections, and monitor implementers’ adherence to program objectives and applicable requirements, while complying with contracting practices and internal control standards. To that end, OIG made 15 recommendations.