Improving Power Sector Planning

Updates from September 2019

This month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE planning staff participated in a meeting with the new Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) Secretariat, and ACE’s energy modeling team, on how to determine energy scenarios to promote higher variable renewable energy (VRE) sources like solar and wind to achieve more than the 23% ASEAN-wide RE target, and to harmonize with the 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO6). From the meeting, the conclusion was that the high RE scenario will include a share of VRE in the generation mix up to 25-30% by 2040 as compared to an 8% share of VRE today.

 

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.