To satisfy the rapid power demand growth in the GMS the Master Plan is expected to include a number of power generation and transmission projects which become operational between 2010 and 2025. Even if the GMS has a history of a decade long energy cooperation the SEA of energy developments is a relatively new concept and SEA is particularly addressed in the ongoing planning process. To fill this gap additional work on SEA of the GMS Master Plan is needed in order to make it complete and to impact on its implementation. The new RETA will integrate in the process of the GMS Power Master Plan i) a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to address environmental, climate change, and social externalities; ii) energy security and energy efficiency measures to deal with supply diversification (fuel type and origin of supply) as well as to factor in risks associated with price volatility of fossil fuels; iii) economic pricing of indigenous fossil fuels to address market pricing distortions.
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