Updates from May 2020
Despite challenges presented by COVID-19, USAID Clean Power Asia held the Interim Meeting of the ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III, occurring via a series of virtual meetings held from May 5-19. The purpose of AIMS III is to identify opportunities for increased power trade among 10 Southeast Asian countries and the potential to meet or exceed the ASEAN-adopted goal of at least 23% in the regional energy mix in 2025. The virtual meeting, including three plenary sessions, focused on discussing data requirements and reviewing the preliminary results of capacity expansion modeling and methodology of production cost simulation of 10 individual countries, three sub-regions, and the Southeast Asian region. Several countries will provide updated information on power development plans, interconnection transmission lines, and estimated electricity cross-border trade, resulting in improving the analyses and enabling an accurate assessment of how much renewable energy can be added to the ASEAN power grid and how much electricity can be traded among Southeast Asian countries.
In May, USAID Clean Power Asia continued the Lao PDR Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) capacity building program by holding a webinar with the IRRP Core Team. Program staff and subcontractor Stockholm Environment Institute presented the updated supply model that includes updated information on existing and planned transmission lines and impacts of extreme weather (extreme precipitation, flooding, and landslides), and also reviewed three additional candidate RE zones and transmission options. This webinar is the first in a monthly series planned through September 2020, designed to complete the last two steps of the IRRP, the supply model and integrated scenarios that combine demand, supply and power sector risks.
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.