Updates from July 2019
This month, in close collaboration with our subcontractor the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), we helped organize the ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III Inception Meeting from July 24-25 in Bogor, Indonesia. The Inception Meeting focused on the detailed methodology and required data for developing an ASEAN-wide capacity-expansion model, and participants included the technical advisory group (representatives from all Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) working groups), utility experts, energy policy experts, and regulators from ASEAN member states. Attendees discussed the key gaps in, and approaches for, data collection and representatives from each country shared their main concerns, confidentiality of the data, the scenarios to be evaluated, including a high variable renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind) scenario for Southeast Asia as one of the scenarios.
Also this month, USAID Clean Power Asia vulnerability assessment experts and technical staff worked closely with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on finalizing the Power Sector Resilience Action Plan for Lao PDR. The resilience action plan can be downloaded from our website here. A final report that combines the VA and resilience action plan is still in process. In addition to combining these two plans, it documents critical climate change issues in the region and includes a description of the stakeholder engagement process for preparing the VA and resilience plan.
USAID Clean Power Asia and subcontractor Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) continue to support Lao PDR in conducting their Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) capacity building program. Building on the last study tour in September 2018, SEI and program staff are arranging another week-long study tour to the SEI-US headquarters in Boston in October for members of the IRRP Demand Working Group to study demand modeling and build a demand model for Lao PDR using the LEAP system.
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.