Updates from July 2019
Our RE policy staff continue to develop auction documents to be used as part of the auction announcement package for the Lao PDR solar pilot auction. RE policy staff also coordinated with the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) on additional information and obtained a demand forecast in the potential auction areas for site selection consideration, projected purchasing RE tariffs from 2020 to 2044, and sample project development agreements and concession agreements. We are planning to engage a law firm for the purpose of reviewing the Lao regulatory framework, and expect the draft auction announcement package to be available for Working Committee review in August 2019.
On July 22, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency in the Ministry of Energy of Thailand invited our RE Policy Expert/Task 2 Lead as a featured speaker at the International Forum on Unlocking Investment Opportunities in Renewable Energy for the ASEAN Region held in Nakorn Ratchasima province. Mr. Thanawat Keereepart presented on RE policy incentives in Southeast Asia in Session 2: Regulatory Incentives to Promote Investment in Renewable Energy in ASEAN Toward 21st Century. Participants at the event included policymakers, project developers, and financiers in the region.
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.