Improving Power Sector Planning

Updates from November 2020

In early November, USAID Clean Power Asia held the Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) Pathways Workshop, the final capacity building event for energy planners in Laos. Thirteen participants from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Électricité du Laos, and EDL-Generation Public Company attended the event at Vang Vieng, while program staff and an energy modeling expert from the Stockholm Environment Institute participated virtually. The workshop aimed to select and analyze a set of long-term, low-regrets power development pathways for Laos by using outputs from the IRRP model, and also prepared a presentation for senior Lao decision-makers to use the results to inform and improve the country’s power development plan.

Mid-month, in collaboration with subcontractor the ASEAN Centre for Energy, USAID Clean Power Asia held the second Preliminary Results Virtual Meeting. This virtual meeting presented an overview of Phase 1 final results on capacity-expansion planning and the Phase 2 preliminary results on grid analysis for all study scenarios up to 2030, including reviewing the draft presentation to present at the 38th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting. Participants at the virtual meeting included Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) Secretariat, HAPUA working groups, utility and energy experts from 10 ASEAN countries, GE Energy Consulting, as well as international energy experts from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Key outcomes from the meeting were that it is technically and economically feasible to achieve the 23% ASEAN Renewable Energy Map (REmap) with a share of wind and solar accounting for 8-9% in the generation mix by 2025, and determine higher wind and solar targets of 25% at the ASEAN level by 2040, without creating any significant impacts on power system reliability and stability.

 

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.