United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Sustainable Connectivity in Asia-Pacific: Cross-border Integration to Support Increased Power System Sustainability and Resilience

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ORGANISER
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
DATE 30 October 2020
TIME 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
VENUE
Virtual Event Platform
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Cross-border power system integration has long been used as a strategy to lower costs and to increase security. It is also recognized as a key strategy for supporting increased power system sustainability, in particular by helping countries meet Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7). Cross-border power system integration can enable access to low-carbon resources, support the integration of larger shares of variable renewable generation, and also help provide access to electricity to underserved areas.

UN ESCAP has published a draft roadmap for electricity integration in Asia and the Pacific that details nine strategies which, if implemented, can support sustainable power system integration in the region.1 Now it seeks to turn these strategies into actions. Two questions are at the heart of this effort. First, how can connectivity be linked more explicitly to meeting SDG7 in Asia and the Pacific? Second, how can we ensure that increased connectivity results in increased power system resilience? This is in particular a critical question given the rapid changes in the power system on both the supply and demand side, including in the context of COVID-19.

The goal of this roundtable is to identify opportunities to increase power system integration in such a way as to support increased power system resilience and meeting SDG7. It will do so by focusing on three critical aspects of connectivity: collaboration and planning; financing and development of cross-border infrastructure; and, power trading and system operations. Particular emphasis will be placed on learning from ongoing integration efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, most notably the ongoing effort to integrate power systems in the ASEAN region, the ASEAN Power Grid.

Programme Details

Time Programme
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Remarks

Matthew Wittenstein
Chief of Section for Energy Connectivity
UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP)

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09:10 - 09:20 Keynote Address

Lee Seng Wai
Director (Policy and Planning Department)
Energy Market Authority
09:20 - 10:20 Industry Presentation

Speakers
Audrey Zibelman
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Dr Jing Tao
Principal Metrologist
Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR)

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Dr Tharinya Supasa
Senior Analyst
ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Peerapat Vithayasrichareon
Lead Analyst, System Integration of Renewables
International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Jiwan Sharma Achary
Senior Energy Specialist
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

David Morgado
Senior Energy Specialist
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

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10:20 - 10:50 Moderated Panel Discussion

Moderator
Matthew Wittenstein
Chief of Section for Energy Connectivity
UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP)
10:50 - 11:00 Closing Remarks



Speakers

lee-seng-wai

Lee Seng Wai

Director (Policy and Planning Department)

Energy Market Authority

Tharinya-Supasa

Dr Tharinya Supasa

Senior Analyst

ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Jing

Dr Jing Tao

Principal Metrologist

Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR)

Audrey-Zibelman

Audrey Zibelman

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Energy Market Operator

Jiwan-Acharya

Jiwan Sharma Acharya

Senior Energy Specialist, South Asia Department

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

David-Morgado

David Morgado

Senior Energy Specialist

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Peerapat

Peerapat Vithayasrichareon

Lead Analyst, System Integration of Renewables

International Energy Agency (IEA)

Moderator

Matthew-Wittenstein

Matthew Wittenstein

Chief of Section for Energy Connectivity

UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP)

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