Updates from January 2021
This month, in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), USAID Clean Power Asia RE planning staff held a virtual meeting for a Discussion on Mini-Conference Post-Actions. Meeting participants included the Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) core team from the Department of Energy Policy and Planning of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), Électricité du Laos (EDL), and EDL-Generation Public Company (EDL-Gen). Program staff and SEI discussed with the IRRP core team on how to use the modeling results to inform and improve the national power development plan (PDP) and RE target setting. During the virtual meeting, program staff and SEI provided a recap of key results from the IRRP analysis presented at the mini-conference in December 2020 regarding policy and planning recommendations, and the low-regrets decision of PDP Option 6, which contains various technologies on generation supply including solar, hydro, and a small portion of coal. Next step includes holding a virtual dissemination meeting, planned for the first week of March tentatively, to share IRRP modeling results with the Government of Laos, the new USAID Laos program USAID Laos Energy Security, and other donors.
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.