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ASEAN Races to 15/2015 with SMEs

http://theenergycollective.com/ July 25, 2012

So, I have to make some revision here, as finally, I am back on board. My latest article is up now in the http://theenergycollective.com/ “The world’s best thinkers on energy & climate”. I wrote about the goal of ASEAN to reach 15% energy mix from renewable energy by 2015 and how the Small and Medium Enterprises could be the key for the successful of this goal.

Now, renewable energy is the priority for development for ASEAN member states. With abundant renewable energy resources as one region, they are currently implementing a vision of renewable energy into progressive actions by engaging more renewable activities and enhancing greater regional collaboration. They are also working to identify areas where clean and renewable energy can emerge and deploy to mitigate the adverse impact of the climate change as well. At the national level, each country has tried to come up with its own renewable energy policy. Expecting by 2015, 15% target is achieved.

But to what partners should the countries look for here?

For the region where Small and Medium Enterprises or SMEs account for over 90% of all enterprises in every Member State and employ more than half the workforce in most Member States (APEC Policy Support Unit in June 2010 published a report entitled SME Market Access and Internationalization: Medium-term KPIs for the SMEWG Strategic Plan), SMEs is the answer. (Although there’s a never ending debate about the definition of SMEs in various countries).

Read it full here: Will ASEAN realise its 2015 renewable energy goals?

Concept Note: The Need of Energy Indicators for ASEAN

Next week, 2-6 July 2012, I will fly to Cambodia for the 30th Senior Officials Meetings on Energy (SOME) and its associated meetings.  Responsible for ASEAN Energy Database System, I prepared a Concept Note regarding the development of ASEAN Energy Indicators. Here I share with you the draft note.

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Background

Like many other countries around the world, ASEAN Member Countries are also facing the complex and interlinked challenges of reducing energy consumption and associated GHG emissions while also meeting in harmony with the economic growth and the environmental sustainability of the region. Particularly for ASEAN, as described in the 3rd ASEAN Energy Outlook (ACE, IEEJ and National ESSPA Teams, February 2011), under Business-as Usual Scenario, the region’s primary energy consumption will have a faster annual growth rate 4.5% per annum to reach almost three times higher from 511 MTOE in 2007 to 1,414 MTOE in 2030. This is higher than global energy demand increases by 40% between 2009 and 2035 (New Policies Scenario, IEA World Energy Outlook, 2011). Read more

In ASEAN, Hydro is not Renewable Energy?

If you are familiar with ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation 2010-2015 (pdf), you will notice that one of ASEAN’s Strategic Goals for Program Area No. 5. Renewable Energy is to achieve a collective target of 15% for regional renewable energy in the total power installed capacity by 2015.

Where are we now? It’s a simple but difficult to answer. Why, because among ten (10) ASEAN Member States, we have ten (10) definitions of RE and classification of hydro as renewable energy or not. Most of discussion is related to the environmental issue. Read more

Information: ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM)

Back again in Monday morning. I hope you all had a great weekend. :-)

Just received the information this morning and I believe, for you who work or interested with renewable energy esp. hydropower, this is a very valuable information for you.

A Regional Hydropower Competence Centre Bandung, Indonesia

The information is about HYCOM or ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM), an international training facility promoting mini hydro-power development (<1MW) and dissemination of know-how in the sector. Read more

Hormuz and ASEAN: Are we ready?

 

My newest article in http://theenergycollective.com/. This time I wrote about effect of Hormuz for countries in Southeast Asia. It’s a top post is Oil topic today.

Nowadays, it seems like everyone stares at the board of oil prices. The rising oil price due to the growing Iran-related tensions on oil, LNG and oil products markets has resulted in strong reasons for every government, especially in a net importing country, to adjust the price in every gas station.

For example in Indonesia, all of the seven refineries owned by Pertamina, National Oil Company, blend their mix of crude from domestic production with imported oil from Persian Gulf states. About 45% of Indonesia’s national fuel demand, or about 75% of fuel demand in Java, is imported from Iran. It’s not difficult to imagine what would happen if the crisis there escalates.

You may read the full article here.

The Energy Collective, April 11, 2012.

 

Ministerial Meeting: Golden Opportunity for ASEAN Energy Connectivity

Energy plays a crucial role in economic development and will remain critical to the continued economic growth of the ASEAN region. Recognised this issue and the greater volatility in global energy markets due to economic uncertainty in several developed countries, political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, and renewed concerns over the use of nuclear power following the March 2011 earthquake and nuclear accidents in Japan, ten Ministers on energy from ten ASEAN Member Countries were met in Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam, on 20 September 2011, on the occasion of the 29th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM). This meeting was very crucial as this was the first ministerial meeting since the adoption of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity by the ASEAN Leaders at the 17th ASEAN Summit on 28 October 2010. As ASEAN steps up efforts on regional integration and connectivity activities, the Ministers re-affirmed the ASEAN Leaders’ statement to collaborate on more concrete and action oriented programs to boost energy efficiency and conservation, and find viable renewable energy sources, so as to reduce the region’s dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.

ASEAN was located at the crossroads of an economically vibrant and growing region bounded by India in the west; China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea in the Northeast; and Australia and New Zealand in the South. ASEAN thus has the potential to physically anchor itself as the hub of this region. ASEAN recognized by enhancing intra-regional connectivity within ASEAN and its subregional grouping would benefit all ASEAN Member States and would significantly narrow the development gap within ASEAN. Hence it is important for AMEM to discuss directions and targets of key energy matters crucial to the realisation of both the ASEAN Connectivity and eventually the aspiration of an ASEAN Community by 2015. Read more

ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Integration of Energy Infrastructure

ASEAN is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world and has a fast rising energy demand driven by economic and demographic growth. ASEAN has been demonstrating a sharp rebound from the global crisis. In 2010 the region’s real GDP grew above the world average with some countries even recording two-digit economic growth. Total GDP of the region in 2010 was US$1,850 (at current prices) having grown by 7.4 percent from the previous year. The population of ASEAN reached 598.5 million in 2010, 1.3 percent more than the previous year.

The region’s economic and population growth had resulted in a consequential increase in final energy consumption. With the assumed GDP growth rate of 5.2 percent per annum from 2007 to 2030, it was estimated the final energy consumption increase to 427 MTOE (million tons of oil equivalent) in 2010 and will grow at an average annual rate of 4.4 percent to 1,018 MTOE in 2030 (ACE and IEEJ; the 3rd ASEAN Energy Outlook: BAU Scenario). This growth is very much higher than the world’s average growth rate of 1.4 percent per year in primary energy demand over 2008-2035 (IEA World Energy Outlook 2010).

In view of the high economic growth and need of energy supply, the challenge to ensure a secure supply of energy is an overriding concern for ASEAN. Energy is crucial to the transformation of ASEAN into a stable, secure, prosperous, rules-based, competitive, resilient and integrated economic community by 2015, named ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015, that was formulated as AEC Blueprint, declared by ASEAN Senior Officer on Energy (SOE) Leaders on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore in 2007. Read more

Sunday Watching – Energy in 2035

Referred to its World Energy Outlook, IEA presented the video that will give us an answer, where does the energy comes to meet the world need in 2035. Watch it!

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