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The new IEA Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2019 (SEAO) provides a comprehensive overview of energy prospects in an increasingly influential region for global energy trends. Alongside the scenario projections and analysis, the report contains three “deep dives” – on the future of cooling, on regional electricity trade and renewables integration, and on investment – that reflect priorities for cooperation agreed between Southeast Asia energy ministers and the IEA.
With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expecting Vietnam’s economy to grow by 6.5 percent in 2019 and 2020, it is only natural that one of the region’s fastest growing countries is turning towards renewable energy to secure its energy needs…Vietnam added 4.45 GW of new solar PV capacity from June 2018 to June 2019, and Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy calculated that the average time for construction and commissioning a solar PV project in Vietnam was “an astonishing 275 days.”
Asia Pacific’s decarbonisation bill could reach $3.5tn (€3.2tn) by 2040, according to new research by Wood Mackenzie, which totals investments in solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power, as well as green hydrogen production. Under Wood Mackenzie’s accelerated transition scenario, most of the region’s zero carbon expenditure will be in the power and transport sectors, as both accounted for over 50% of the region’s carbon emissions in 2018. This significant shift requires investment and support from all stakeholders especially China and India, stated the analyst outfit.
On 31 October 2019, energy industry leaders gathered in Singapore for the Wind Energy Conference at the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES). The conference, co-organised by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), featured dialogues on regulatory challenges, project financing and the latest technological advancements in the wind sector.