Updates from December 2020
This month, USAID/RDMA and the USAID Clean Power Asia RE policy staff held a meeting with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s (EGAT) Fuel Team at EGAT headquarters on potential technical assistance from the Asia Gas Partnership, discussing proposed assistance and encouraging further collaboration with EGAT as a major natural gas stakeholder used for electricity generation. Potential support for EGAT includes providing liquified natural gas technical assistance, capacity building, and regulatory review and analyses. USAID/RDMA and USAID Clean Power Asia program staff also held another in-person meeting with Dr. Kulyos Audomvongseree, Director of the Energy Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, to introduce USAID/RDMA current activities and discuss potential future collaborations between USAID and Chulalongkorn University.
In addition, USAID Clean Power Asia staff had significant online meetings this month with the Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion to discuss further support on the Laos solar pilot auction. USAID Clean Power Asia will support the Government of Laos to develop bid evaluation criteria and organize the final stakeholder workshop anticipated in March 2021 to present the auction announcement package and bid evaluation criteria for auction implementation. Program staff also held a virtual meeting with the Office of Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand with participation from USAID/RDMA and Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), where HNEI presented a working draft of the BESS Technical Standards Guidelines, comprehensively covering industry best practices for BESS technical standards and relevant grid codes. The goal of this meeting was to obtain initial feedback to complete the guidelines prior to the second focus group meeting to be held in January 2021.
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.