Updates from January 2020
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) hosted a joint workshop, Learning and Sharing on Improving Power Sector Generation and Transmission Planning, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. USAID Clean Power Asia provided an overview and presented results of the Integrated Resource and Resilience Plan and renewable energy zones work, while JICA shared progress on the Power System Master Plan focused on transmission planning. The World Bank and the New Zealand-Laos Renewable Energy Facility also shared the latest on their power sector planning work focused on transmission and generation planning improvement and RE target setting. The objective of the workshop was to improve the understanding of energy planners of the purpose of the studies being conducted with the support of USAID and JICA, and how the findings support Lao PDR’s power sector planning.
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.