Updates from September 2019
USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff are collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the ASEAN Centre for Energy to organize a Regional Energy Storage Workshop tentatively scheduled for October 28-30 in Bangkok. The workshop will provide participants a comprehensive overview of energy storage technologies and the understanding to effectively evaluate pathways for incorporating energy storage in the power system.
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff submitted the first draft of the auction announcement package to the Working Committee (WC) for the Lao PDR solar pilot auction. An upcoming WC meeting planned for the end of September will focus on reviewing the related documents from the auction announcement package as well as to update on the progress of site selection and identification with the provincial government.
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.