Track 2: Renewable Energy

Track Chairs:

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Cindy Tiangco

Senior Energy Specialist,
Asian Development Bank

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Yong Chen

Regional Program Officer (Asia and the Pacific),
International Renewable Energy Association Agency (IRENA)

The Renewable Energy track in ACEF 2017 will cover a range of topics including energy access, market development and policy regimes. It will also cover renewables for the power sector and for end-uses and applications. The Renewable Energy Track aims to inspire a generation of new thinking around persistent problems by introducing and debating innovative yet practical solutions to address climate and energy challenges.

Session 2: Renewable Energy in Power System Planning: Meeting Climate and Access Objectives

Energy access remains a priority for Asia and the Pacific, given that more than 600 million people in the region are still without access to modern forms of energy services. With the Paris Agreement in force, the dynamics of lifting the region out of energy poverty must change in order to achieve climate targets. The intertwined challenge has pushed island countries and those countries with many islands to the front line, seeking long-term sustainable solutions. This session will focus on system planning for both grid-connected and off-grid power. Speakers will share innovative practices and technologies in renewable energy systems and applications.

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Session 6: Business Models and Job Creation from Renewable Power Deployment

Benefitting from rapidly improved cost-competitiveness, many renewable energy technologies for electrification--most notably solar photovoltaic (PV)--present not only compelling cost-effective energy options but also provide development opportunities through the the deployment of innovative business models in various market segments, and resulting job creation and employment benefits. This session will provide insight into the role of the private sector and opportunities for job creation as part of renewable deployment plans in developing member countries (DMCs). It is hoped that this session will promote linkages with other sectors, and a broader discussion on green skills for renewable energy.

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Session 10: The Emergence of Solar Rooftop PV in Developing Asia

This session will build on recent dramatic developments in the deployment and financing of solar rooftop PV in Developing Asia. While the policy and regulatory frameworks for solar rooftop PV are well established elsewhere, there are significant technical and regulatory barriers that are blocking major potential investments in solar rooftop PV in countries across Developing Asia. This session will highlight examples of experience with different approaches to scaling up solar rooftop PV being planned and implemented in the Asia region. (See the related presentation in the Knowledge Networking session on Wednesday afternoon.)

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Session 14: Innovations for End-use Sectors: Cooking, Hot Water and Heating, and Industry

Renewable energy applications for end-use sectors are generally less developed than those for the power sector. This session will highlight experience from three continents on the use of renewable energy technologies in specific end-use applications, spanning from small-scale residential uses to commercial and industrial settings, for cooking, heating, cooling and transport.

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Session 18: New Generation of Renewable Energy Policies

The new era of renewable energy development, in which the cost of renewables is reaching “grid parity”, calls for a rethink of renewable energy policies and regulatory frameworks. Countries are rapidly moving away from feed-in-tariffs and testing other approaches such as tenders, auctions, and simple net-metering policies. Innovative frameworks and relevant schemes need to not only reflect the paradigm change in RE, but more importantly guide the further development and cost-effective deployment of renewable energy applications. This session will showcase experience and knowledge arising from the changing policy regimes and market conditions across the globe.

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