Updates from August 2020
In collaboration with subcontractor the ASEAN Centre for Energy, USAID Clean Power Asia convened the first Preliminary Results of the ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III meeting from August 18-20. This virtual event focused on discussing and reviewing the preliminary results of capacity expansion planning, production cost simulation, socio-economic-environment analysis, and the final approach for grid analysis with each ASEAN member state before presenting the results of the study at the 38th Senior Officials Meeting on Energy. Meeting participants included the ASEAN Energy Regulatory Network; Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) Secretariat; HAPUA working groups; utility experts from 10 ASEAN countries; GE Energy Consulting, as well as international energy experts from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
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.