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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has set an ambitious target of securing 23 percent of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025 as energy demand in the region is expected to grow by 50 percent. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this objective entails a “two-and-a-half-fold increase in the modern renewable energy share compared to 2014.” With the rapidly declining cost of renewable energy generation via such methods as wind and solar photovoltaic (PV), the Southeast Asian region has been presented with a golden opportunity to meet its immense electricity demand in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
The government of Denmark has established a cooperation with Indonesian’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in developing renewable energy resources in the provinces of South Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo and Riau. The collaboration was marked by the provision of Danish recommendations to Indonesia through the Regional Energy Outlook. On 5th December 2019, the partnership was welcomed by Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Mr. Rasmus Prehn. The recommendations given by Denmark are expected to create a cheaper and more efficient EBT industrial climate.
A new era dawns for solar power in Vietnam. Last month, the Vietnamese government announced it would shift to an auction system for future ground-mounted solar projects, overruling a previous proposal of a second round of its immensely successful feed-in-tariff scheme. The move, which would cut the tariff scheme that was to expire in 2021 short by one year, sparked dismay among domestic developers whose projects will be affected.
The energy market in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly. Overall demand has increased by 80% since 2000, with millions of new customers gaining access to electricity. That is putting pressure on energy systems, and with much of the demand met by a doubling of fossil fuel use, CO2 emissions have also risen...Three new charts from the IEA show not just the challenges that Southeast Asia is facing, but the opportunities for its energy future: 1. Balancing demand and impact 2. A cooling trend 3. The scope for going green.