Fostering Supportive Policy Frameworks

Updates from August 2020

For development of technical standards for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Thailand, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff conducted interviews with key stakeholder agencies including the Office of Energy Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Energy’s Energy Policy and Planning Office, the Federation of Thai Industries, the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, and the Provincial Electricity Authority, to compile data on the status of rules and regulations pertaining to BESS applications in Thailand. On August 14, USAID Clean Power Asia held the First Focus Group on Development of Thailand’s BESS Technical Standards at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel in Bangkok. USAID Clean Power Asia presented the technical report on BESS standards developed by NREL, who joined the focus group via video conference, and summarized the findings from interviews with BESS stakeholders.

Also this month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff prepared for the second webinar on distributed photovoltaics under the Asia EDGE Power Sector Learning Series to be held on September 1. Targeted towards policymakers and regulators, the objective of this webinar, Exploring Emerging Trends and Technologies in Distributed Energy Resources, is to explore applications of new technologies such as electric vehicles, battery storage systems, and peer-to-peer platforms, including case studies of their deployment.

Following the successful launch of the first of six virtual capacity building sessions for distribution utilities in the Philippines on conducting distribution impact studies and hosting capacity analysis for the net-metering program, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff coordinated and finalized arrangements for the second webinar in the virtual training series for distribution utilities in the Philippines. Scheduled for September 2, this session will cover technical screening criteria for evaluating net-metering applications.

 

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.