Updates from June 2020
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia RE planning staff collaborated with USAID India on a virtual side event, Cross-Border Power Trade and Future Energy Markets, at the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF). Program staff secured a case study presenter from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and two panelists, one from IEA and one from the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific energy team’s connectivity division, with USAID India moderating the 90-minute event.
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.