Updates from November 2019
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE planning staff presented preliminary results of gauging commercial interest in selected renewable energy zone (REZ) candidate areas to the Lao PDR Ministry of Energy and Mines, which is an important step in promoting REZ implementation in the country. Program staff plan to incorporate the results into the Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning supply model and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) plans to incorporate REZs into the medium-term plan. RE planning staff also arranged a meeting with the demand and supply working groups in Vientiane and met with representatives from JICA to discuss preparation for a joint workshop on Incorporating RE Zones into Medium and Long-term Power Plans in Lao PDR, to be held in January 2020, targeting energy planners, international organizations, and donors.
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.