Project Title

Lessons Learned from Promotion Mechanisms Focused on Boosting Energy Solutions in Remote Areas 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

EWG 17 2018A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 17 2018A 

Project Title

Lessons Learned from Promotion Mechanisms Focused on Boosting Energy Solutions in Remote Areas 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

99,000 

Co-funding Amount

33,000 

Total Project Value

132,000 

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)

Chile 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Japan; Mexico; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

07/01/2019 

Expected Completion Date

31/09/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Corissa Petro 

Job Title 1

International Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Energy 

Postal Address 1

Alameda 1449, Santiago Downtown II, Piso 14, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 1

(56-2) 23656800 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

cpetro@minenergia.cl 

Project Proponent Name 2

Pablo Tello G 

Job Title 2

Access and Social Development 

Organization 2

Ministry of Energy 

Postal Address 2

Alameda 1449, Santiago Downtown II, Piso 14, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 2

(56-2) 23656800 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

ptello@minenergia.cl 

Declaration

Corissa Petro and P Tello G. 

Project Summary

The main objective of this project is to identify and learn from international experience on promotion mechanisms that have allowed economies to increase the penetration of energy solutions in isolated or rural locations. 

The project will focus on implementing an APEC workshop, which will include discussions on how to identify possible beneficiaries considering their condition of isolation situation, criteria for selecting those beneficiaries and efficient ways for tracking results of project implementation. 

The workshop will be held in Chile, in the capital city of Santiago, Punta Arenas (southern Chile) or Arica (northern Chile).

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The APEC Energy Ministers in the Cebu Declaration (2015) recognized that providing energy access is a priority goal in developing a resilient APEC community. This is also reflected in the activities of the Energy Working Group, including the 2018 Work Plan as well as recent energy policy dialogues.

In the energy sector there are several approaches on how to increase the access to energy in remote areas. Chile has been working on this issue and although currently approximately 98% of the domestic population has access to energy, 2% of people still do not have energy access at home (neither electricity nor thermal energy).

Different public policies have been developed in order to enhance the energy access penetration among the population in remote areas, and this project seeks to identify and share best practices from those experiences in order to apply that knowledge to local realities. Many APEC economies can be involved in addressing this issue, including Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Peru, United States, Viet Nam, The Republic of the Philippines, Malaysia, México, among others. Therefore this is a timely, interesting and beneficial topic of discussion for the APEC community and the project builds upon current work. 

Relevance – Eligibility: Renewable energy solutions have been successfully used to provide energy access in remote locations, and with this workshop we aim to identify how to promote them efficiently. This will contribute to sustainable, low-carbon development, as well as the achievement of the APEC regional aspirational renewable energy goal of doubling the share of renewables by 2030. Furthermore, the project also hopes to identify some public interventions that can show measures on how to reduce the energy intensity of the new energy projects created in those areas that do not have energy access today.

Additionally, with regards to the eligibility criteria, the concept note has the support of six economies as co –sponsors and is requesting less than $100,000 USD. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project seeks to be consistent with APEC capacity building goals, objectives and principles. It will build the capacity of APEC members through knowledge transfer from experts that have designed or implemented promotion mechanisms for increasing rural or remote-area electrification to policy makers and other representatives of economies that are looking for new ways and abilities to increase the energy access for the population. 

Moreover, through this activity that includes the discussion and proactive participation of the invited economies, we are also seeking to promote the equitable development and green growth in the APEC region, reducing the disparities between APEC members and improving the social well-being of people in the long term. 

In addition, and looking forward to spread the knowledge among other economies, videos with an extract of the presentations are considered as a tool and part of the methodology for the knowledge transfer.

Objectives

Through this workshop and summary document, the project will seek: 

1) To develop recommendations based on international experience and best practices that support the improvement of promotion mechanisms for increasing rural energy access. 

2) To increase knowledge in international experience on how to increase the energy access in the population.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The APEC Energy Ministers’ Cebu Declaration (2015) recognised that providing energy access is a priority goal in developing a resilient APEC community. Furthermore, the APEC Leaders’ Da Nang Declaration (2017) encouraged the enhancement of access to affordable and reliable energy. The current project seeks to identify the lessons learned from the experience of more developed public policies that have already reduced the gap in energy access, so that this information can be used and support the creation of new programs that contribute to the achievement of this extremely important and relevant goal in interested economies. 

Alignment – Forum: The current Energy Working Group’s Work Plan responds to specific priorities from Leaders and Ministers, which include strengthening energy security, improving energy access, as well as advancing clean and renewable energy, among other issues. Within the prominent themes to be incorporated in the EWG’s activities, the Work Plan affirms that energy access will be a priority area to be further explored. The Plan also recognizes that clean energy technologies will be important in addressing energy access challenges, in addition to traditional energy sources. Therefore, this project’s focus on energy access, including the use of clean energy solutions, is closely aligned with the EWG Work Plan. 

Furthermore, as indicated in the Work Plan, the Policy Dialogues carried out within the Energy Working Group’s EWG 54 (2017) and 55 (2018) meetings were focused on the topic of enhancing energy access in APEC. Therefore, the issue has occupied a relevant space within the EWG agenda and discussions amongst economy delegates. 

The relevance of continued capacity building activities is also highlighted in the Work Plan, in order to improve the analytical, technical, operational and policy capacity of APEC economies. In this sense, this project will contribute to the EWG’s efforts in this regard by identifying best practices on energy access, carrying out capacity-building and summarizing the recommendations highlighted in the framework of the workshop. 

Considering the importance of providing energy access to populations, the relevance of this issue within the EWG’s current Work Plan and the fact that challenges still remain within the region, it is clear that this is a relevant issue for APEC economies to continue addressing.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: With this project, the following outputs are expected:

1) Workshop on lessons learned from promotion mechanisms focused on boosting energy solutions in remote areas. The event will take place on 20 and 21 of June 2019, in Santiago or a remote area and it is expected to have an audience of at least 15 people. Additionally, 5 persons will be international speakers and 2 Chilean speakers. 

2) Related to the preliminary agenda, on the 20 of June, the topics “Reaching and identifying possible beneficiaries considering isolated conditions”, “Criteria for selecting beneficiaries” and “Possible methods for tracking results and project operation” will be discussed. The next day, the invited economies will present their experience and finally, during the pm session, speakers with economies representatives will have an in – depth discussion about experiences and ways to improve mechanisms of promotion energy solutions in remote areas. By the end of the workshop it is expected to have more clear visions on how different economies have achieved the promotion of energy solutions in remote areas with detail and deep understanding of the context of each intervention. 

3) Summary report of the workshop with best practices and related recommendations on promotion mechanisms for increasing energy access. It is expected to have a Summary Report of the workshop as an APEC Publication on about 15 pages for those policy makers that have attended or could not assist to the event. The idea is to summarize key information and best practices from those economies that have experience in promoting and implementing projects in remote areas in order to transfer that know-how to economies that seek to create or improve mechanisms for increasing energy access in remote areas. The Ministry of Energy will be responsible for preparing the Summary Report. 

4)  Summary videos of the workshop will be filmed “live” during the workshop based on TEDtalk format Moreover; it will be design as an interactive event seeking to be like a conversation between participants and speakers. 

Outcomes: 

1)  The main outcome expected with this project is to provide participants with knowledge that can support the adjustment or even creation of new promotion mechanisms in interested economies. Therefore, in coming years some new projects would be implementing based on this information.. It is also desirable that participants can play an active role in each economy and have already worked with promotion instruments. 

2)  Another expected outcome is that any economies that may not currently have promotion mechanisms can learn from those that have already carried out some actions and contribute to the creation or improvement of mechanisms, using information that they learned during the workshop. 

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of this project will be international and domestic policy makers, such as, representatives of energy ministries, focused on renewable energies and energy access. Some international agencies such as IDB, PRODECO or any other, that support the development of public policies could also be involved.

Within this group, it will be also desirable for participants to have a high level of expertise, influence and responsibility in the determination of new promotion programs. Furthermore, gender will be also considered. 

The participants will benefit through the presentations and the summary report that will include highlights and recommendations of the experts. The summary report will also allow other interested policy makers and experts to access the knowledge-shared and conclusions of the workshop. Afterwards, it is expected that this information will support the decisions that each of the persons invited may take in the future. 

Given that decisions related to energy access can have widespread effects; indirectly the project could have an overall impact on the population of the APEC developing economies. For instance, local communities that require energy access will benefit from this knowledge-sharing activity, and special attention will be given to gender-related issues.

Dissemination

A free of cost summary report (electronic publication) will be delivered under EWG standards and also disseminated through APEC members and webpage.  The summary report will be an APEC publication and will follow the corresponding guidelines. It will include a summary of the workshop presentations and discussions (as well as a link to the original material presented). The target audience of this product will be the invited persons, EWG audience and also international networks related to energy access.

Gender

In order to engage the participants, the organizers will develop a contact list and a stakeholders map. Also feedback about particular interest will be collected and transferred to the speakers in order to have a more customized activity. 

Women will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of this project. Women are involved in the design of this project and we will continue to seek the involvement of women in the planning and implementation of the project. We will make all efforts to promote the participation of women during the event, including through our network of contacts who have worked with our Ministry to organize recent activities focused on women in clean energy. 

In terms of the project objective’s benefit to women, international research has shown that lack of access to electricity disproportionately affects the lives of women related to the home activity, child-care and also informal economic activities. Therefore, women will especially benefit from the policies to improve energy access that this workshop intends to support through capacity-building. PO is committed to collect sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only the APEC funded) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat at the completion of the project about what was achieved as well as giving future POs guidance on their own gender parity targets. 

Furthermore the PO is committed to have ideally an equal gender representation for both speakers and participants, although we have established a minimum goal of 30% female participation.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks/Outputs

Deliverables

January - February 2019

Elaboration of preliminary agenda

Selection of Chilean and  international speakers 

APEC procurement for videos

Preliminary agenda elaborated

Speakers selection and invitations sent. 

Initiation of APEC procurement exercise for videos

February - May 2019

Selection of Location

Tickets Arrangements

Dissemination of the workshop

Online registration

Ex - ante Evaluation sent to participants

Workshop organization: hotel, travel arrangement, registration process

June 2019

Workshop

July - August 2019

Ex-post Survey sent to participants 

First draft of report prepared, circulated for comments, finalized and submitted.

Videos (if possible)

Ex-post survey

Summary report and, if possible, edited videos

September 2019

Summary report and dissemination

Final version of summary report and dissemination

October - November 2019

Preparation of APEC Completion Report documentation and presentation.

APEC Completion Report Submitted

Presentation of main results during EWG58 in Chile

First Semester 2020

Respond to requests from APEC Secretariat

Risks

Risk

Mitigation

Experts availability

Extended list of potential experts. In this case, we expect to have 10 persons listed and we will check interest of participation previously.

Participation of APEC economies

In addition to the regular nomination procedure, the Project Overseers will promote this workshop during EWG meetings and through direct contact with the economies that are actively working on energy access issues within the EWG.

Workshop attendance

We will make a list of economies and the respective potential people that could be interested in participating, in addition to promoting the workshop among local Chilean participants. We will check also availability.

Venue availability

We will book the venue with more than one date.

Economies not applying knowledge learned or adopting recommendations from the project

The information will be presented to the Energy Working Group as a whole, and therefore it is expected that this will support interested economies in internally following-up on the workshop discussions and possible implementation.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The indicator for monitoring the project will be percentage of completion of each milestone in the work plan. This includes the planning of the workshop, as well as the preparation of the summary report and, if possible, videos.

·  Number of participating economies (speakers and participants): 10

·  Total number of participants in the activities: 20 participants in the workshop (including APEC participants and local Chileans).

·  Percentage of female speakers and participants minimum 30%

·  40% Participants’ evaluations indicate and increase in knowledge after participating in the activity. 

As per the evaluation of the objectives we will collect the stakeholder feedback and gender impacts, among other topics through a brief online survey as well as the standard APEC survey for project participants.

Linkages

Even though in Chile several actions to promote the use of renewable energy have been implemented, such as the “Public roofs program” or the Renewable energy for self-consumption NAMA, this kind of promotion mechanisms are focused mainly on on-grid projects and the complexity of remote areas have not been fully explored. Therefore, this initiative aims to complement the know - how on this topic taking advantage from what is already implemented not only in Chile but also in economies, for example perhaps Perú and Indonesia, among others. Furthermore, the project will seek to build on previous APEC work on energy access, including the project “Off Grid Electrification Option for Remote Regions in APEC Economics”. In this regard, the project seeks to take the experiences from economies that have already implemented promotion mechanisms.

Sustainability

Given that that Chile will be the host of the second semester EWG meetings in 2019, we will explore opportunities for including a presentation of the project results and engaging in discussions regarding possible outcomes and impacts in different economies. 

Considering that energy access is currently an area in which the EWG is active; the project’s summary report will contribute to the tracking of the lessons learned status of promotion mechanisms that facilitate the energy access to people in APEC Economies to date. 

The proposed videos are also intended to contribute to ensuring that the presentations remain available and can reach an audience that was not able to attend the activity.

Project Overseers

Pablo Tello is the Energization Unit Coordinator of the Social Development and Energy Access Division. Whether, at international level, his portfolio includes FOMIN, NAMA and CTF projects; at domestic level he has been involved in the design and implementation of a Solar Energy Program and roadmap (35 MM USD) and also some local renewable energy promotion mechanisms. 

Corissa Petro is the Deputy Head of International Affairs at the Chilean Ministry of Energy.  Her portfolio includes APEC and other multilateral international energy entities, as well as bilateral relations with Asia-Pacific economies.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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