On 16 and 17 November 2015, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA), and the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) jointly organised a technical-stakeholder workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, back to back with HAPUA Working Group 1 (WG1) Annual Meeting. This meeting was the first technical consultation workshop involving HAPUA and ACE. It was a follow-up to an earlier discussion with policy makers and other regional partners and stakeholders in August 2015. Participants consisted primarily of technical experts from the national power utilities in ASEAN, with additional representations from Asian Development Bank, as well as Ministries of Energy in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director of ACE, delivered a presentation on renewable energy (RE) development in the context of the ASEAN Energy Outlook. The workshop also included presentations and discussions on (i) the concept of the IRENA Clean Energy Corridor and its five pillars; (ii) the role of RE in HAPUA power systems; and (iii) the challenges from the optimization of energy resources in the context of expanding the ASEAN Power Grid.
The main objective of the technical workshop was to introduce IRENA’s Clean Energy Corridor concept and seek input on the possible focus areas and activities, from the technical experts of ASEAN utilities. The discussions were expected to bring about a customized clean energy corridor approach for Southeast Asia.
One of the key recommendations coming out of this technical workshop was for the governmental stakeholders and political bodies in ASEAN to be IRENA’s main counterparts to define the scope of work of any initiative in the region. Such consultations at the political level will help ensure the engagement of all the relevant stakeholders, to support a common goal.
The next workshop is planned to further identify gaps and prioritize the needs in the region. It will be held in early next year, and is expected to formulate a strategic approach for future cooperation Southeast Asia. All of the documents from the Workshop can be accessed here.