Project Title

Workshop on Experiences and Plans to Double Renewable Energy Utilisation by 2030 in the APEC Region 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

EWG 05 2015A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EWG 05 2015A 

Project Title

Workshop on Experiences and Plans to Double Renewable Energy Utilisation by 2030 in the APEC Region 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

80,000 

Co-funding Amount

40,000 

Total Project Value

120,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Anil Pahwa 

Job Title 1

Senior Science Advisor  

Organization 1

US Department of State 

Postal Address 1

2201 C Street, NW, Suite 5217, Washington, DC 20520, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 6471937 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

PahwaA@state.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Anil Pahwa 

Project Summary

At the 2014 APEC Summit in China, APEC Leaders endorsed a new aspirational goal to double the share of renewable energy in APEC’s overall energy mix by 2030 (over 2010 levels).  This workshop, held on the margins of an EWG meeting or possibly an international clean energy event, will bring together leading researchers and government representatives from APEC economies to share experiences on renewable energy sources and technologies.  The workshop will target best practices and next steps to help APEC economies develop roadmaps for increasing the share of renewable energy in power generation and end-use technologies.  Since replacement of inefficient traditional technologies with high efficiency technologies in the end-use contributes to higher share of renewable energy, this project is closely tied to the Leaders’ goal of reducing aggregate energy intensity by 45% by 2035 (from 2005 baseline).  Information sharing facilitated by the project will boost capacity building, and trade and investment of renewables in the region.

Relevance

There is worldwide interest in increasing the share of renewal energy in energy consumption for enhancing sustainability, as evidenced both by the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and the APEC Leaders’ 2014 commitment to double renewable energy in APEC’s energy mix by 2030 (over 2010 levels). With over 40% of the world population and more than 60% of global energy consumption, it is especially important for the APEC economies to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. The Energy Working Group (EWG) is developing projects and activities to promote innovation, reduce costs, improve sustainability of renewable energy, and share lessons learned to support this goal for the APEC region as a whole. By promoting the exchange of experience gained and best practices in implementing policies and plans focused on renewable energy, the project has the potential to significantly increase the rate at which renewable energy is adopted across the member economies and thus increase the overall share of renewable energy in energy consumption. Through this project, APEC will set an example for international cooperation on renewable energy development, and will seek increased collaboration with other international organizations to advance these efforts.

This project falls under Rank 2 and directly supports the APEC Leader’s Growth Strategy.  Specifically, it supports energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low carbon technology and alternative energy sources, and capacity building across the APEC region. The project also has strong links to Rank 1, as the development of renewable energy supports building sustainable and resilient communities.

Objectives

The project will support a workshop to be held along-side an EWG meeting or possibly the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) World Congress in Daegu, Korea in November 2015 that would bring together leading researchers and government representatives from APEC member economies to analyze the barriers, determine opportunities, and identify gaps in advancing renewable energy.  The workshop will 1) foster cooperation and build a network of leading researchers and government officials on renewable energy development, 2) help build capacity in renewable energy development by sharing best practices and lessons learned, and 3) specify gaps in growth of renewable energy and help workshop participants define next steps for developing a roadmap for individual economies to contribute to the shared goal of doubling the share of renewable energy in energy consumption.  While no data collection is planned for the project, the workshop will identify and document best practices and recommended approaches to support a roadmap in individual economies.  The workshop will have a brainstorming session on the second day to identify specific issues relevant to building the roadmaps.  A summary of the brainstorming session will be included in the final report of the project. The effort to double the share of renewables across the APEC region by 2030 is a long-term activity, and this workshop is the first step toward reaching that goal.

Alignment

At the APEC Summit in China in November 2014, APEC Leaders committed to an aspirational goal of doubling the share on renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030.  This proposed workshop will be a forum for APEC economies to share their experiences and best practices and help build the capacity needed to further progress towards fulfilling this goal.

This project also directly supports two of the key objectives of the Energy Working Group’s strategic plan to “Develop Cleaner Energy Sources” by “facilitating an increase in the use of new and renewable energy technologies in the APEC region through the fostering of a common understanding of regional renewable energy technology issues,” as well as increasing EWG projects to support the APEC Leaders’ renewable energy goals.

TILF/ASF Justification

Growth of renewable energy deployment will require a well-educated and trained workforce to facilitate the growth.  The project will disseminate experiences and best practices and help develop the human resources base to build capacity in renewable energy development in APEC economies.  Specifically, this project will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences of developed economies with developing economies to support this goal.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project will include a workshop that will produce a compilation of barriers, opportunities, best practices, and gaps for increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix.  The best practices will include experiences of experts in the field of renewable energy as well as the participants from the APEC economies.  Specific best practices for renewable energy will include design strategies, supporting technologies and policy recommendations for deployment of renewable energy that can lead to increased share of renewable energy in the energy mix.  All the presentations from the workshop and a summary of discussions will be compiled into a report by the PO with help from the contractor. We will broadly share the collection on best practices on policies and technical solutions on an ongoing basis, such as through EWG and expert group meetings and their respective websites.  Broad dissemination will help economies make decisions they can implement domestically.

Outcomes: There are significant knowledge and practice/experience barriers that exist within the engineering community and policy makers related to the best practices for implementing renewable energy technologies.  Renewable energy is a fast growing area with new technologies entering the marketplace, which provide new opportunities for the future.

While many of the renewable energy technologies are widely used, some of the new technologies have been implemented on a limited basis.  Further, the level of implementation varies across the economies in the APEC region.  A lack of full understanding of technology, resources, and policies are some of the barriers to further progress in renewable energy.  It is therefore critical to identify the best strategies to remove these barriers by educating the engineering and the policy making community to address these barriers.

The evolution of mutually acceptable best practices will promote changes in policy at a regulatory and industry standards level. Best practices that emerge from a collective understanding will be very effective at defining ongoing and future policies and standards, and regulation.   The workshop will affect renewable energy development especially in policy and planning, deployment concept, and barrier management for each participant’s economy.

After gaining a good understanding of the various issues associated with growth of renewable energy, the workshop participants will be able to influence changes within their own economies.  These changes could be in the form of new policies and regulation, new project deployment, or capacity building activities. Some example of expected changes include setting higher renewable energy targets or new feed-in tariff to make electricity generation using renewable resources more attractive.  Other possible changes include financial incentives to commercial and residential consumers for implementing renewable energy projects, such as rooftop solar PV.  Subsidies or tax credits could also be given for purchase of electric vehicles. Facilitating financing for renewable energy projects is another example of possible action.  For capacity building, different economies can conduct workshops or promote programs within universities to train the young generation of both genders.  Any such actions following the workshop reported to EWG or EGNRET by representatives of various economies will be considered as direct indicators of successful implementation of the project.

Beneficiaries: Participants will include Energy Working Group (EWG) representatives and experts from all APEC economies engaged in developing renewable energy.  Beneficiaries will include senior government officials, policymakers, the private sector, and other stakeholders across APEC economies who are involved in policy and technical aspects of renewable energy development. All elements of civil society from policymakers to the public will benefit from increased utilization of renewable energy.

Invited participants from both the public and private sectors will include representatives from APEC economies who have experience in renewable energy in their economies. Senior government officials including energy ministries, utility engineers, private industry, and university professors engaged in renewable energy activities at various levels will be targeted for participation in the workshop.  We will primarily depend on members of EWG, EGNRET, and EGEEC to identify participants from respective economies.   If needed, we will seek help from the U. S. embassies in the respective economies to identify appropriate participants.

Dissemination

Copies of presentations and a summary of workshop outcomes will be compiled in proceedings, which will be published and disseminated through the APEC, EWG and relevant Expert Group  web sites.  The report will be a useful resource for the engineers and policy makers in the APEC economies in particular, and worldwide in general.  There is no intention to sell any product developed from the project.

We will also post this information on the EWG’s Energy Smart Communities Initiative’s Knowledge Sharing Platform (ESCI-KSP).  This website has an extensive knowledge base related to many relevant projects and it will be the ideal location to promote the outcomes of this workshop to reach a broad audience.  The results will also be presented at the EWG and EGNRET meetings.

Gender

Women participate in the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Working Group, the two groups that that will guide in implementing the project.   While selecting speakers and funded participants for the workshop, we will pay special attention to maintaining gender equality to have a diverse participation.

Several women are in leadership roles in The EWG and Expert Groups representing their economies.  Their input will be sought in the planning and implementation of the project.  Since both EWG and EGNRET reach out to diverse groups of people, we will seek their assistance in ensuring that we have gender equality at the workshop.

We expect about 40 to 50 participants to attend the workshop.  Twenty-two (22) of them will be from travel eligible  APEC economies.  Of the remaining economies, we expect at least half of them to send a representative.  Additionally, there will be six invited speakers and about five attendees from the local economy.  Also, some guest participants attending the Solar World Congress are expected to attend the workshop.  We expect about 20% of the participants to be women.  The EWG 49 held in Gyeongju, Korea on June 24 and 25, 2015 had approximately 55 participants with about 20 women. Seven of the 13 economies present at the meeting had women delegates.  Looking at this trend, we can certainly meet or exceed the target of 20% women representation.

Work Plan

The project will be carried out in the following four steps:

1) (Two months after project approval) Develop a list of organizations and personnel associated with renewable energy technologies in APEC economies.

2) (Four months after project approval).  Plan and organize the workshop.

The U.S. in collaboration with the cosponsors will make arrangements for the workshop that will include the following activities:

a)  Venue identification. Identify the venue to correspond with a planned EWG or related meeting.

b) Develop Workshop Agenda.  The U.S. will develop an initial agenda and submit it for review by representatives from other APEC economies.

c) Identify Appropriate Speakers.  Chairs and expert speakers on renewable energy will be chosen from both the public and private sector.

3) (Six months after project approval) Conduct the Workshop.  The workshop will be conducted over a 2 day period with sessions addressing the following aspects:

a) Session 1:  Currents trends and barriers including policy, technical, and social to advancing    renewable energy

b) Session 2:  Opportunities and strategies for strengthening renewable energy implementation

c) Session 3:  Best practices for advancing renewable energy: training for capacity building, reducing soft costs, resources for information sharing, stakeholder engagement

d) Session 4:  Exemplary projects with success stories

e) Session 5:  Interactive panel session to develop a summary of best practices and recommendations to accelerate growth of renewable energy in the APEC region.

International experts and participants from APEC economies engaged in promoting renewable energy will be invited to give presentations at the workshop.

4) (Twelve months after project approval) Workshop follow up.  Relevant papers and overheads will be compiled and published as Workshop Proceedings, which in addition to summary recommendations will provide a framework on the way forward for the future.

Risks

A relatively low level of risk is associated with this project implementation. Both EGNRET and EWG have shown significant interest in promoting renewable energy and this project builds upon their enthusiasm and collegiality.  It is our objective to capitalize on this high level of collegiality and agreement and move forward rapidly on the evolution of best practices for the professional and regulatory community to accelerate deployment of renewable energy.

This is first of a series of anticipated projects and workshops that would focus on Leader’s goal of doubling renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030.  Since this is a long-term aspirational goal, additional efforts to continue to engage major stakeholders will be needed to make further progress.  Since members of EWG and EGNRET from the APEC economies have continued stake in issues central to the proposed project, It is expected that they will support future efforts to sustain the momentum built by this workshop.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The attendees at the workshop will be asked to fill-in a survey to get a feedback about their satisfaction with the workshop.  The attendees will also be asked to identify gaps in implementation and future needs to reach the renewable energy goals.  Analysis of these results would be used to design follow-on workshops to address these needs. The list of attendees including the gender information will provide data on gender equality.  Information on number of participants and number the participating economies will give a measure of success of the project.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) tracks growth of renewable energy worldwide.  APERC tracks energy statistics in the APEC region and reports to EWG at its meetings. Yearly progress in growth of renewable energy implementation as tracked by APERC and related discussions at the EGNRET and EWG meeting will keep track of the success of the project. While this project does not envision collecting data on the implementation of renewable energy projects to track progress toward the milestone, we expect APERC to continue to support the EWG to track such progress.  The main goal of this project is to serve as a catalyst towards sharing best practices to promote the growth of renewable energy to meet the aspirational goal of doubling the renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030.

Linkages

As this project is comprehensive in nature, it will build upon recent projects on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable communities undertaken by the EWG, particularly the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies.  The project will also be coordinated with the APEC Transportation Working Group as reducing overall transportation energy use is critical to achieving the overall project goals.

We will also seek to engage with and build upon work of international organizations that promote renewable energy development such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other relevant organizations to share best practices and lessons learned.

Sustainability

The project contributes to meeting the Leader’s goal of doubling renewable energy in APEC by 2030.  To support this goal, the EWG is working to expand activities among APEC economies for sharing experiences and best practices to accelerate the development and implementation of renewable energy. Renewable energy is routinely an agenda item for EGNRET and EWG meetings. The materials from this workshop will be disseminated to all EWG representatives to encourage an ongoing discussion among APEC economies and will serve as a framework for developing future renewable energy projects.  Conclusions from the workshop on actions for doubling renewable energy will be reported to EWG and EMM for support and publicity.  Annual APERC data will be used to monitor progress of growth of renewable energy in the APEC region.  These data as well as feedback from workshop participants and EWG members will be used for additional workshops to address gaps and specific needs to sustain the efforts of this project. This project could also lead to further collaboration between APEC and IRENA and other international organizations to continue efforts to promote and monitor progress on renewable energy in the APEC region.

Since workshop is directly aligned with the strategic plan of EWG, we expect EWG to follow on with continued discussions and additional workshop to build upon the success of this workshops leading to meeting the goals of doubling renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030.  Members of EWG and EGNRET or specific individuals or organizations identified by them will continue the work towards meeting these goals. Repeat workshop can be conducted once every two or three years.  While EWG and EGNRET will monitor the implementation of recommendations from the workshop in participating economies, APERC will continue to collect data to keep track of the progress towards the milestones.

Project Overseers

Dr. Anil Pahwa, Senior Science Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, is the overseer of the project.  While he is on a one-year Jefferson Science Fellowship appointment at the State Department, he is a professor of electrical and Computer engineering at Kansas State University, where he has been a faculty member for the past 32 years.  He is known worldwide for his expertise in the field of electrical energy systems, renewable energy, and smart grid. He has won numerous awards for his contributions from the IEEE Power and Energy Society and Kansas State University.  He is a Fellow of IEEE.  He has organized and hosted two international conferences and a workshop for university students and professors.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. 

The overseer will be assisted by Dr. Cary Bloyd, a Senior Staff Scientist with Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  For the past sixteen years he has been supporting the U.S. Department of Energy in implementing its Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) program in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  He is the past Chair of the APEC Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies and is currently serving as the U.S. delegate to both the APEC Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies and the APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation and is on the Executive Committee of the APEC Biofuels Task Force.  Dr. Bloyd received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy and has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

A consultant will be engaged to help organize and identify speakers for the workshops, help run the workshops, lead the development and completion of the project case studies, and develop content for dissemination through websites. .  APEC funding for this task is estimated at $ 17,000. The contractor will not the responsible for creating a separate webpage for the project. The content will be sent to the EWG and EGNRET for placing of their websites.  Also, the ESCI-KHP will be asked to link to the project information.  Individuals responsible for the future workshops, EWG, EGNRET, and the respective web masters of these groups will be responsible for managing and updating the content with new developments.

Waivers

A waiver from APEC project funding arrangements is requested, which allows renewable energy expert speakers who are government employees to receive airfare/accommodation/per diem expenses for their participation in the workshops.

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Total Project Value

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Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

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Project Proponent Name 1

Job Title 1

Organization 1

Postal Address 1

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