Energy Connect

Energy Connect helps ASEAN develop power sectors using sustainable, efficient, and innovative technologies.

The new USAID Clean Power Asia program will support Energy Connect by helping ASEAN member states to strengthen their power sector planning, improve policy and regulatory frameworks and facilitate mobilization of investment in grid-connected renewable energy. (PDF)

Under U.S.-ASEAN Connect, the U.S. Department of Energy continues to fulfill the U.S-ASEAN Energy Cooperation Workplan, and has also recently co-organized workshops with Brunei at ASEAN Renewable Energy Week 2016.  Highlights include:

  • Leading a two-day Solar Photovoltaic Grid Integration Roundtable, to disseminate to regional policymakers and local lending institutions the most current industry information, help build the requisite capacity, and promote the appropriate plans and policies to increase regional utility-scale solar deployment.
  • Leading a full-day workshop on Climate Change Risk Management in Hydropower Planning, to aid regional policymakers in preparing a more resilient, “least-regrets” energy infrastructure that could endure severe and long-term changes in climate, resource availability, energy demand and distribution patterns.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) links U.S. businesses to priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA has funded a number of activities aimed at connecting decision-makers from ASEAN Member States with U.S. companies providing advanced infrastructure solutions.  Highlights include:

  • In collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, hosting a workshop in Manila in March 2016 to facilitate the exchange of best practices for reducing aviation emissions and fuel consumption, as well as for improving the efficiency of airline operations. The workshop connected U.S. companies to key decision-makers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam to discuss how advanced air traffic management and air traffic control solutions could support their efforts.
  • The Asia-Pacific Flight Standards Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) provided an opportunity for delegates from across the region to learn about regulatory best practices to improve civil aviation safety and security oversight in their countries. The RTM, which was held in July 2016, supported the civil aviation authorities’ goals of bringing flight standards into conformance with international guidelines and of achieving the highest-level aviation safety rating.
  • In an effort to expand its clean energy portfolio in the ASEAN region, the Agency will bring on an advisor to help identify and evaluate specific clean energy, electricity transmission and distribution, and energy efficiency projects developed by public and private sector entities in Southeast Asia to determine if such projects are ready for funding.
  • Committing to assess the feasibility of a 20 MW solar project in Laos being developed by a private sector firm. If implemented, the project would be the first large-scale, non-hydro renewable energy project in Laos and would help meet the country’s goals of integrating diverse renewable energy sources into its energy mix.