Updates from May 2020
USAID Clean Power Asia received USAID approval to support the Thai government in developing technical standards for Battery Energy Storage Systems, and concurrently received approval from the Secretary General for this important collaboration with the Office of the Energy Regulatory Commission (OERC). Program staff conducted a call with the Director of the Engineering and Competition Enhancement Department about establishing an advisory group comprised of representatives from several agencies. The Director relayed that OERC does not have any preference for advisory group membership and affirmed that USAID Clean Power Asia can proceed as appropriate.
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff and partners held discussions with the Philippines Department of Energy (PDOE) to move forward with assisting PDOE in implementing the new net metering policy adopted in October 2019. By the end of May, the team will propose a design for online capacity building for distribution utilities in the Philippines on conducting distribution impact studies and technical screening criteria, key steps in implementing the new policy.
Also this month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff and partners Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory held a call to discuss the structure and content for the distributed photovoltaic webinar, A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing Solar Rooftop Programs and Navigating Net-Metering Policies. To be held on July 9, this will be the inaugural webinar in the Asia EDGE Power Sector Learning Series and the first in a three-part series focused on DPV policy.
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.