Updates from July 2020
On July 9, USAID Clean Power Asia successfully launched the first webinar in the Asia EDGE Power Sector Learning Series, A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing Solar Rooftop Programs and Navigating Net-Metering Policies. Featuring experts from HNEI and NREL, the purpose of this webinar was to provide utilities and regulators practical guidance for implementing distributed photovoltaics (DPV) policy. The webinar highlighted the importance of not only adopting up-to-date distribution grid codes, but also putting in place a streamlined process for evaluating net-metering applications to prepare for rapid increases in the uptake of DPV.
On July 28, USAID Clean Power Asia, in collaboration with partners and the Philippines Department of Energy, organized the first online capacity building session for distribution utilities (DU). This session covered introduction of the training sessions and criteria for conducting distribution impact studies so that DUs can reduce and minimize the number of necessary studies to be conducted and thus reduce costs and processing time for net-metering applications.
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff conducted interviews with three key stakeholder agencies for the development of technical standards for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Thailand, including the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, the Energy for Industry Institute, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. The purpose of these interviews is to compile data on the existing and planned BESS-related projects and the status of rules and regulations pertaining to BESS applications in Thailand.
How we foster supportive policy frameworks
USAID Clean Power supports Lower Mekong countries to improve the enabling environment for grid-connected renewable energy development by analyzing barriers and policy impacts; facilitating the exchange of lessons learned and best practices among Lower Mekong countries and the wider ASEAN community; conducting stakeholder consultations; and developing pilot programs. Activities under three focused themes (Distributed Photovoltaics, Solar Farms, and Resource Complementarity) include technical support for the development or improvement of both policy and incentives and regulations and standards.