Accelerating Power Grid Interconnectivity in Southeast Asia: Enhancing Cooperation with Partners in ASEAN

Date : 25 August 2023

Location : Kintamani 3
Accelerating Power Grid Interconnectivity in Southeast Asia: Enhancing Cooperation with Partners in ASEAN

An integrated ASEAN power system can facilitate economic growth while enabling businesses to cost-effectively procure reliable, clean electricity. Many of the benefits of an enhanced ASEAN Power Grid (APG) have been widely recognized by ASEAN and other multilateral institutions. These include energy security, efficient power procurement, renewable energy (RE) integration, and cost-effective emissions reductions.

  • Economic growth. A regional grid that enables large-scale clean energy development creates infrastructure investment opportunities and lays groundwork for cross-border electricity exchange. The resulting enhancements to power system efficiency and integration can attract businesses that require cost-effective and reliable clean energy.
  • Energy security. Regionally integrated networks connect diversified supply and demand profiles, improve resource sharing and access, reduce dependency on imported fuels, and diversify connections between different trading partners.
  • Efficient power procurement. The costs of building longer-term generation capacity are reduced, since total reserves needed for reliability are lower when resources are shared compared to when each sub-region maintains its own reserves. Additionally, weather patterns underlying RE variability evens out over broader regions, which reduces the need for ramping resources.
  • Cost-effective emissions reductions. A broader pool of shared resources means buyers have greater ability to select fuel-free and low-emitting resources with lower production costs, as well as resources that help balance variable renewable generation.ASEAN Member States have long recognized the benefits of regional cooperation and have an opportunity to strengthen the Memorandum of Understanding on the ASEAN Power Grid as it is renewed. To this end, the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) and the Asia Clean Energy Coalition (ACEC) are co-organizing a half-day parallel session at the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) 2023 that will comprise two panel sessions and a workshop.
  • Time


    08:00 - 08:10

    Opening Remarks from Organizers Speakers:
    John Cotton (ETP) and ACEC Program Director

    08:10 - 08:20

    Speech Keynote Speech on ASEAN Power Grid Speaker: Dr Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director, ASEAN Center for Energy (TBC)

    08:20 - 08:30

    Presentation Presentation on ACEC Paper - Accelerating Power Grid Interconnectivity in Southeast Asia: A Private Sector Perspective Speaker: Dr Jennifer Chen (WRI)

    08:30 - 09:30

    Panel Discussion 1: Achieving the ASEAN Power Grid

    • Benefits of the APG and plans for having a coordinated regional process
    • Importance of establishing a regional electricity data platform for a more efficient and transparent APG
    • Current barriers to APG implementation and need for harmonised regulatory and technical frameworks Speaker: ESCAP, IEA or IRENA OR Alternative: I-REC on EAC tracking
    • Role that corporates can play in strengthening the APG

    09:30 - 09:45

    Coffee break

    09:45 - 10:45

    Panel Discussion 2:
    Sub-Regional Interconnection Initiatives and their Contribution to the ASEAN Power Grid

    • Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines Power Interconnection Program (BIMP-PIP)
    • Greater Mekong Subregion Power Trade and Interconnection
    • Laos-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP)
    • Trans Borneo Power Grid
    • Moderated Q&A (15 mins)

    10:45 - 11:45

    Panel Discussion 2:

    • Workshop on Establishing Multilateral Power Grids Group 1: Minimum Requirements and Stepwise Pathways for Establishing Multilateral Power Grids Facilitator: ETP
    • Group 2: Establishing the Regulatory Framework and the Role of Regulatory Authorities to Harmonize the Grid Code and Technical Standards Facilitator: ACEC
    • Group 3: Renewable Energy Certificate in the Multilateral Power Systems and the Role of Utilities Facilitator: I-REC
    • Facilitators to report back (15 mins)

    11:45 - 12:00

    Closing and Summary of Next Steps
    Speaker: ETP, ACEC and/or ACE