Improving Power Sector Planning

Updates from July 2020

This month, in collaboration with subcontractor the ASEAN Centre for Energy, USAID Clean Power Asia held a virtual third Technical Review Group meeting from July 28-30. This meeting focused on reviewing the results of capacity expansion planning, production cost simulation, socio-economic-environment analysis, and methodologies and assumptions for conducting grid analysis by international energy experts from the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Meeting participants included the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) Secretariat, HAPUA working groups, and GE Energy Consulting.

 

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.