Updates from May 2019
USAID Clean Power Asia and vulnerability experts from Abt Associates and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) convened a large multi-stakeholder forum in Lao PDR this month to present the final vulnerability assessment (VA) and resilience action plan. A draft final report, describing both the process and outcome of the VA and resilience action plan, is being reviewed by USAID and the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and will be published in the coming months.
USAID Clean Power Asia’s subcontractor, the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), convened a series of meetings in Da Nang, Vietnam, this month to promote the new Southeast RE Data Explorer platform and its new Cost of Energy Mapping tool, including exploring opportunities to apply this tool in the regional context for RE analysis and planning. ACE held a second meeting to launch the third update of the ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III, focusing on preparing a regional transmission network plan that links power systems in ASEAN member states to enable increased bilateral and multilateral trade.
How we improve power sector planning
USAID Clean Power Asia supports integrating climate targets into energy planning to help ensure that both policy and the regulatory environment support low emission growth. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deferring or even eliminating the need to build new conventional capacity for energy, scaling up renewable energy (such as solar, wind, small hydro and biomass residues) can deliver significant development benefits. These include providing reliable energy access, improving air quality, reducing health costs, boosting economic growth, mitigating transnational conflict, promoting food security and biodiversity, as well as reducing direct energy costs.
The program supports the establishment and updating of national renewable energy targets and the integration of these targets into power development plans and integrated resource plans for the power sector. USAID Clean Power Asia works to rationalize the planning and development of renewable energy by linking it to the transmission planning process and the program is helping to establish a collaborative stakeholder process for renewable energy zone development in the region.