VOL. 3 | AUGUST 2021 | MONTHLY

ETP NEWSLETTER

Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (SEA ETP)

The ETP is a five-year, multi-donor partnership formed of governmental and philanthropic donor partners to support sustainable energy transition in Southeast Asia in line with the Paris Agreement, with an initial focus on Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, to help the region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

ETP Highlights

Vietnam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIET) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) are implementing a Review of the Existing Abatement Scenarios for Vietnam

VIET/RMI is working in partnership with the ETP Secretariat to respond to the Government’s request for the Rapid Response Facility to identify shared assumptions and technically and financially viable options to additional coal-fired energy generation to meet the rapidly growing energy demand in Vietnam. Several inception meetings with the Government and developing partners, including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the French Development Agency, UNDP, UNIDO, USAID and others are being conducted at the moment as part of the development of the work plan and result framework.

The Philippines: Regional Energy Transition Roadmaps and Perspectives Meeting, organized by the Energy the Sustainable and Clean Energy Research Network (SCERN) focuses on collaboration between the central and local level governments in enabling energy transition

On September 3, ETP discussed Energy Transition in the Philippines: Regional Perspectives in the Philippines with provincial grid operator representatives. The Philippines Department of Energy (Visayas Field Office) and a number of Regional/Local Government Units shared their respective perspectives of the energy transition, which would be followed by a roundtable discussion of the participants. ETP presented its views on the options for clean energy access and support to grid modernization country-wide.

The Philippines: FIRESIDE Chat with Energy Transition Agencies - August 31, 2021

The Fireside Chat is a series of discussions to provide an open space for a genuine conversation on Energy Transition strategies and programs between Philippine government agencies, civil society groups, private sector partners, and international multilateral agencies. These events serve as a continuing vehicle to harmonize efforts, streamline processes, generate innovative ideas, and break down structural barriers hindering the country’s NDC commitments. The first session was opened by Under-Secretary William Fuentebella, ETP, AFD and ADB to discuss opportunities to move toward greater consensus on energy transition and low carbon energy systems with stakeholders including the Department of Energy and the Philippine Climate Change Commission and Department Local Governments.

ETP Highlights Opportunities for Collaboration at the Asian Development Bank’s 28th Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC) of the Greater Mekong Region on August 27, 2021

The Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC) manages regional power trade in the Greater Mekong Subregion and provides recommendations on overall policy in this area. It also facilitates an exchange of information on energy sector plans and projects. The 28th RPTCC was attended by participants from departments of energy development, renewable energy, investment, planning, foreign affairs, and regulatory commission of Greater Mekong Subregion countries - Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. ETP Director, Ms. Sirpa Jarvenpaa highlighted ETP’s energy transition mandate and initiatives to foster collaboration among the key stakeholders in Southeast Asia.

ETP Upcoming Projects

Coming Soon

Just Transition

ETP together with the World Bank and other partners is working towards setting up a Just Transition Global Stakeholder Platform. The Global Platform will facilitate learning to strengthen understandings on core transition issues among all the stakeholders standing to be affected by energy transition, disseminate analytical information to underpin transition strategies and transition projects, build institutional governance and implementation capacities for strategies and projects, and create a line-of-sight connectivity between development agencies, financiers and regional partnerships – and the stakeholder communities, thus facilitating the flow of information, investments and financial solutions. The Global Platform will foster collaboration benefits and enable all stakeholders to have a voice in the transition processes.

The Australian National University (ANU) implements an Energy Transition Round Table in September 2021

ANU will commence the Project in the fourth quarter of 2021 by providing a high caliber professional training and a practitioners’ forum in energy transition topics. The range of learning topics will cover decarbonization roadmaps, lessons learned by countries, along with broad topics about renewable energy investment, energy efficiency solutions, carbon pricing and economic incentives for renewable energy development, providing pragmatic tools and concepts for advancing energy transition. The first sessions will commence in November 2021.

Indonesia Energy Transition Dialogue (IETD) 2021 20-24 September

ETP will join the Indonesia Energy Transition Dialogue (IETD) 2021 to discuss the financial aspect of the decarbonization of the energy system. The session focuses on a strategy to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement targets. In general, IETD 2021 will open up a discussion on how Indonesian energy transition can be

strengthened to support Indonesia climate mitigation action through setting up the regulatory framework, technologies, and investments in the attempt to achieve the transition to a zero-emission energy system by 2050.

Happening Now

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A tender for the Philippines Energy Regulatory Improvement and Battery Energy Market Mechanism Support Program is open for expressions of interest! (Express your Interest Here)

The Project will provide technical assistance for ERC and PEMC in the strategic context of the evolving role of power sector regulation and enabling conducive competitive market mechanisms to foster greater renewable energy in the energy mix to enable and accelerate development of low-carbon electricity and energy systems.

The overall goal of the Project is to ensure that ERC and PEMC are able to facilitate energy transition and transition to low carbon economic development and the Government’s greenhouse gas reduction target. The tender has been extended and closes on 13 September.

Grant Call for Proposals: Energy Efficiency Innovation Window-First Quarterly Call is Open! (Submit your Proposal Here)

The ETP Energy Efficiency Innovation Window is now open to accept proposals for early-stage grant financing of innovative approaches to address the systemic problem of under-investment in energy efficiency in Southeast Asia.

ETP will select projects for grant funding and guide their implementation to create improved market conditions and bankability of energy efficiency projects that catalyze increased public and private investment in energy efficiency in Southeast Asian countries.

ETP’s on-going projects

Energy Transition Round Table Status: In implementation (Learn More)

This project provides for a tailored professional forum for high caliber exchange of information to develop leadership among the region’s energy transition stakeholders, endowing these with the latest context and tools to address the issues they are challenged in their daily energy transition activities. It also aims to develop champions, enhance their capacity to lead and focus on the target objective through results-generating measures, in the context of the complex and politically charged environment, in which energy transition occurs. It provides the participating leaders with tools and concepts and knowledge with which they can take action and be successful in their efforts to communicate and navigate the energy transition processes, concretely address the impediments and provide solutions to the most pressing energy transition issue.

Detailed Design for Upgrading the Java-Bali Control Center Status: Tender underway (Learn More)

This project provides a detailed design for upgrading the PLN Main Java-Bali Electricity and Disaster Recovery Control Centers in Indonesia, which serves nearly 100 million people. This project will contribute to the objectives of energy transition by enabling the development and extension of smart grids through modernization of the control centers’ technology and housing infrastructure, reducing curtailment of variable renewable energy and thus de-risking renewable investments and investments in the grids, providing the basis for decarbonization of the energy system, increase in renewable energy in the energy mix, and subsequently providing for the reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

ETP and PLN, Indonesia Electricity Utility, aim to mobilize the consultancy in October 2021 and will finalize the detailed design by mid-2022 for a tender of the assets required for the upgrade. Furthermore, ETP is organizing a workshop among the stakeholders on grid modernization to further boost renewable energy development in Indonesia.

Review and Gap Analysis of Existing Coal Abatement Scenarios in Vietnam Status: In implementation (Learn More)

This Project is part of ETP’s support to the work of the UK COP26 Energy Transition Council as a Partner in the Rapid Response Facility. The Project will identify shared assumptions and technically and financially viable alternatives to additional coal-fired energy generation to meet the rapidly growing energy demand in the country.

In the Region

ETP Country Advisory Panelists’ Orientation

On August 27, the ETP convened its Country Advisory Panel’s Orientation from the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. The advisory Panels form a key mechanism, through which the Southeast Asian country stakeholders participate in the direction setting of the ETP. The committee involves advisors across governments, the private sector and experts. ETP’s advisors provide ETP with local insights and guidance and strategy advice on ETP’s programs and lessons learned across the region.

Philippines

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Programme Management Senior Officer - ETP (Philippines)

ETP is growing and seeks a talented individual to join its small and dynamic international Secretariat team to pursue energy transition in the Philippines and engage in innovative solutions to breakthrough barriers to a low carbon economy as a “Programme Management Senior Officer - ETP”, based in Manila, the Philippines.

The Philippines Distributed Renewable Energy Dialogue by the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation hosted the virtual Distributed Renewable Energy Consultation to cross-pollinate ideas and insights on the role of distributed renewable energy in transforming the Philippines’ energy sector and powering rural livelihoods and other basic infrastructures in the country. ETP director, Ms. Sirpa Jarvenpaa spoke on the opportunities for scaling the DRE solution to provide clean, reliable electricity that improves the lives and livelihoods of people in the Philippines.

Indonesia

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bappenas

Bappenas and ETP are finalizing the MoU for signing in September 2021. The MoU provides an umbrella agreement for ETP’s activities in Indonesia and enables consultation and coordination among the Government agencies on the program. It will facilitate official dialogue on ETP’s work and uptake of ETP’s recommendations.

Workshop On Wind Power Development, September 2021

Wind potential is one of the main renewable energy sources available in Indonesia. However, its utilization is under-developed, currently at 154MW despite the National Energy General Plan to build 1,800MW by 2025. ETP foresees a role in supporting the wind power potential and will gather the stakeholders in a coordination workshop in September 2021, to chart efforts underway, enabling identification of opportunities to develop pathways for expanding this renewable energy source in the country. The workshop will discuss information needs, data, and progress to date as well as challenges and impediments to accelerating wind energy, and best practices for attracting finance for de-risking wind development.