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COVID-19 vs ASEAN Energy Sector: Electricity

Nadhilah Shani and Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan

Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Key Points

    “Falling electricity demand is a dire impact of COVID-19 as the quarantine practice, which urges power utilities to cope. Left hanging between temporary technical adjustment and necessity to revise the power development plan once things are back to normal, the pandemic ripples uncertainty to the whole power system. Further down the line on the government side, emergency policies are needed to balance these two: keep the impacted citizens to afford electricity and supporting power utilities to survive the declining revenue.”

This energy insight is supported by the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT), funded by the Norwegian Government under the Norwegian-ASEAN Regional Integration Programme (NARIP) and is jointly implemented by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). The project includes the active involvement of key ASEAN stakeholders, and helps enhance modelling, analytical and regional policy planning capacities within ASEAN.

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