Renewable energy in South East Asia: Updates from IRENA

ASEAN declared last year an inspirational target of 23% by 2025. The announcement spurred interest from renewable energy industry and produced wave of analytical work and projections for future developments. The following are insights presented at IRENA's session on renewable energy in South-East Asia at the ADB ACEF forum in Manila on 6 June 2017.

IRENA is already actively involved in South-East Asia. The Agency offers rapid renewable energy assessment which allow to identify the current situation of country market, policies and regulations. Philippines RRA is available here. REmap approach allows to identify, which technologies are needed in order to meet 30% target by 2030 (country reports: Indonesia available here and Thailand under preparation). Regional REmap for the whole South-East Asia region is already available. The latest result of IRENA's work in the region is the report "Biofuel Potential for South-East Asia: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues" (online soon).

IRENA is also exploring a new initiative Greening Asian Power Grid to identify how renewable energy can be integrated more comprehensively in Asian power system. The future initiative could mirror IRENA's work in Africa on Clean Energy Corridors

ASEAN Center for Energy is working actively with IRENA and co-authored a regional renewable energy analysis. Its regional energy outlook will be released later this year. 

Indonesian representative explained its decision to reduce RE feed-in tariffs by progressive elimination of energy subsidy in the government budget. There are still 210 GW of renewable power in 13 priority areas in the country's RE action plan which require investors. The government is working on simplifying RE licencing structures but the process still looks complex, involving approval from the local governor.

Katarina Hasbani