Updates from May 2019
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia continued its close cooperation with the Lao PDR Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP) and technical members of the solar pilot auction working committee on remaining action items in meetings with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Électricité du Laos (EDL), Ministry of Natural Resources (MONRE), and other departments within MEM. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) conducted field visits to several potential auction sites earlier this month and the site selection assessment report is being finalized. In parallel, several auction documents are being drafted, including terms of reference for a feasibility study for solar projects with experts from our subcontractor Chulalongkorn University. The next set of meetings to push the solar pilot auction further to conclusion will be held during the first week of June in Vientiane.
USAID Clean Power Asia is supporting the Philippines Department of Energy (PDOE) on a department circular for the net metering program, and this month, RE policy staff and NREL discussed with PDOE the terms of reference for the scope and timeline. The scope details are currently being defined by USAID Clean Power Asia and NREL, and program staff have confirmed support from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) on the technical impact analysis.
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.