Updates from November 2019
In partnership with USAID Washington, USAID Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE), and the ASEAN Centre for Energy, USAID Clean Power Asia organized the Asia EDGE Regional Competitive Procurement Dialogue in Bangkok from November 18-20. The three-day dialogue provided a comprehensive overview of renewable energy competitive procurements through interactive activities with real-world experiences presented and facilitated by experts from Navigant, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, and the International Renewable Energy Agency. The workshop covered an introduction to key design elements; creating competitive procurement packages and bankable contracts; and advanced auction elements.
This month, USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, USAID Clean Power Asia program staff, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) met with the Office of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand to discuss potential technical assistance in the area of battery energy storage standards, grid codes, and how best to leverage NREL’s tools to support the energy transition.
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.