ACEF 2015: Day 2 Daily Digest
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Dear Clean Energy Colleagues,

The ACEF 2015 Opening Plenary starts tomorrow at 8:30 am with a special performance from El Gamma Penumbra, winners of Asia’s Got Talent 2015. We have a not-to-be-missed opening address by ADB VP Bindu Lohani followed by introductory remarks from the three co-organizers: Robin Dunnigan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, US Department of State; David Kim, Co-Chair, World Energy Council and Byung Choon Park, Director General, Global Strategy Division, Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO).

Following the welcome remarks, we will have a slate of great keynote speakers moderated by Yongping Zhai, Technical Advisor (Energy) ADB. Keynotes will include  a special address from Radha Kumari GyawaliMinister for Energy, Government of Nepal, followed by speeches by Yvo de Boer of the Global Green Growth Institute and Ja-Kyun Koo of LSIS and the Korea Smart Grid Association.

Please read below for highlights and quotes from Day 2 of ACEF, which featured 5 Deep Dive Workshops and the Energy for All Investor Forum
Opening remarks at the Deep Dive Workshop on
Renewable Energy Grid Integration, co-organized by
GIZ and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Prof. Christoph Menke at the GIZ/NREL Deep Dive Workshop
Prof. Dr.-Ing Christoph Menke, Trier University Sciences, Germany and The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), Bangkok, Thailand
We need to adopt a new vision for energy planning. Smart grids need to be tested and trialled. We need to get better at forecasting wind and solar outputs. When we get more variable renewable energy (vRE) in the power system, we have to discuss what the market will look like in this new future scenario. Today, 25-30% of energy can come from vRE if the grid is managed right. So the overall policy objective for renewable energy should be to de-risk RE investment. We need to demonstrate that investing in RE can be done at the lowest cost premium
Dan Millison on a low-cost solution for
improving transmission system efficiency
Dan Millison, Manager, Transcendergy, LLC: Improving Grid Efficiency with High-Temperature Low-Sag (HTLS) Conductors
If Alexander Bell, were alive today, he would not recognize the telephone. But if Thomas Edison were alive today, he would recognize the electricity grid. We can apply 21st century technology and business solutions models for ADB’s member countries, its Governments and Energy Management Planning, and Electrical Power Authorities. We need more capacity but without necessarily building new power lines, and we can do this by “reconductoring” transmission lines with high-temperature, low sag (HTLS) conductors. We need to better optimize capacity and to minimize the use of right-of-way power lines, particularly in vulnerable eco-systems.

ADB is in a good position to provide loans for transmission efficiency that include HTLS lines. We already see great potential in Vietnam, Indonesia and India to upgrade transmission lines where there is a chronic problem of right of way. HTLS may not have been seen a lot in South or SE Asia, but the technology has been available since 1971.
Robin Dunnigan provides opening remarks at the LMI Clean Energy Business Dialogue
Robin Dunnigan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, US Department of State: Lower Mekong Initiative Clean Energy Business Dialogue 2015
Now is the right time for action.  Later this year, countries will come together to agree on post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the COP21 meeting in Paris will provide an opportunity for nations to making commitments to really ambitious climate goals. This larger global framework provides a background against which we can see great opportunities to scale up clean energy in the Mekong region. By capitalizing on the lower costs of renewable energy and supporting effective business models, the US government and its Mekong partners can work together to increase access to affordable energy at a scale not seen before.

We need to address the trilemma of Energy Security. All nations need affordable access to energy, energy at an affordable rate that allows countries to remain very competitive, and helps them to meet their climate goals. We are embarking on a pathway to renewable energy to advance global energy security. But no government can do this alone. We need to engage the private sector, and the private sector will be more willing to come into markets and invest where there are transparent rules and regulations.
Paul Giotto, Energy Officer, US State Department: Lower Mekong Initiative Clean Energy Business Dialogue 2015
ACEF is an extremely valuable venue, as it has provided us with an opportunity to to bring together decision-makers from the region, along with US government agencies that provide technical and financial assistance. There is great demand for more information on how to deploy renewable energy and clean energy in the Mekong. ADB provides a variety of financing mechanisms and resources to support the scale-up of renewable energy. ADB shares the same goals as the US export credit and financing agencies (OPIC, Export-Import Bank, and USTDA). The collaboration between the US Government, the private sector is critical and unique
Young Seop Lee and Dr. Byung Choon Park of KEMCO
Young Seop Lee, Manager, Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO)
Since KEMCO signed an MOU with ADB in 2012, we have continuously worked on many joint projects and knowledge-sharing activities. Through these experiences, we were able to design and co-host the Energy Efficiency Deep Dive Workshop at ACEF. KEMCO’s objective was to create an opportunity to share Korea’s experiences in EE policies, energy storage and management systems, and EE Finance with developing countries. At the DDW today, we had successful sharing of experience and case studies, covering ICT-based energy storage and management technologies throughout the Asia.
Gil-Hong Kim stresses the importance of testing and developing effective business models to scale up energy access
Gil-Hong Kim, Senior Director, Sector Advisory Service Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank: Energy for All Investor Forum
Now we enjoy electricity as a given, but when I was growing up in Korea, I had to read by candlelight. There were frequent blackouts and brownouts.  In the morning, my eyebrows were burnt. Candles are expensive for rural villagers, and they do not have options, which is why we are keen to provide affordable, clean energy. That’s why we are developing project development initiatives to address this gap. We will focus on ADB’s strengths, which are to build facilitate project development and to provide funding or co-financing of energy access projects. To make sustainable energy access a reality, we need to experiment and develop business models that effectively support the scale-up of energy access for all, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.
ADB consultant Coy Navarro helped organize the Sustainable Energy for All Investor Forum
Charles Navarro, Moderator, Sustainable Energy for All Investor Forum
Over the past few years, ADB has been expanding its energy access program to incorporate and mainstream energy efficiency and renewable energy. The challenge is to connect pioneer entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs and investors. Take for example the case study presented by Kiva, which provides finance at 0% interest for start-ups. And another company, Ghampower, is building a platform to aggregate projects to hit the minimum ticket size for regional investors. One of the sayings of Ghampower is “do investors have a soul? Are they prepared to support small to medium enterprises as they grow?” One of the innovations Ghampower has made is that it can enforce standards and quality control to appease investor nervousnesss in investing in project development in the energy access market. Ghampower is a project developer and not just a financing institution. They have the technical capacity to verify that standards in the field are compliant with standards set in the business plan.

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We recommend that you download the smart phone app for ACEF to help plan and stay connected through your mobile device. More than 200 ACEF participants have already downloaded it! You can review and set your schedule, stay updated throughout the week, and connect with others in the ACEF community right from your mobile device. It is the quickest way to check on what’s happening in the schedule!

All ACEF participants can download this Smart phone/tablet App for free. Please follow the instructions below to download the App:
  1. Download the Guidebook App on your smart phone or tablet through the App store.
  2. In the search box, type in “Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015.”
  3. Tap “Get this Guide” to download the guide.
For more support, please check out this tutorial. With this Smart phone/tablet App Participants will be able to peruse the entire ACEF schedule, check out the different Deep Dive Workshops, learn about the Keynote Speakers and Thought Leaders attending ACEF, and develop a personalized schedule for the week, all from a mobile device.

Download ACEF Presentations
If you are at ACEF 2015, and missed a session, there is a touch screen outside the auditorium with all of todays’ presentations ready to download. All the presentations will also be made available on the website, after ACEF.
Aiming Zhou, ADB                                    Peter du Pont, Nexant
Chair                                                         Co-Chair
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