Updates from February 2020
In collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), USAID Clean Power Asia held a joint workshop entitled Learning and Sharing on Improving Power Sector Generation and Transmission Planning in Vientiane. The workshop provided updates on study projects on power generation and transmission planning, with presentations on USAID’s Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning supply model results and JICA’s draft Power System Master Plan. Participants included energy planners from the Lao Ministry of Energy, led by Vice Minister Dr. Daovong Phonekeo and the working team from the Department of Energy Policy and Planning and Électricité du Laos. Key discussion topics included how USAID and JICA could strengthen power generation and interconnection planning in Lao PDR and facilitate electricity cross-border trade in the region.
Looking forward, USAID Clean Power Asia and partner the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) are preparing for the second Technical Review Group (TRG) meeting from March 9-10 in Jakarta for the ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III. This second TRG meeting will focus on reviewing examples and preliminary results of capacity expansion models for a few countries, and simulating them as a regional model in order to understand the impact on cross-border power 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.