Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Integration of Renewable Energy in Energy Systems: Perspectives on Investment, Technology, and Policy


Integration of Renewable Energy in Energy Systems: Perspectives on Investment, Technology, and Policy
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), UNiLAB on Integrated System Analysis Tools (ISAT), and the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
Tokyo, Japan

Pressing environmental, social, and political challenges are accelerating Asian economies’ transition towards a resilient energy system. While the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy continues to improve, renewable energy consumption remains constrained by the lack of necessary policies, technologies, and infrastructure to manage intermittent generation from renewable energy sources.

The intermittency caused by renewable energy sources makes balancing the energy system problematic and could impose a significant burden on power systems or even lead to more serious problems. Germany and the United Kingdom notably paid millions to energy producers to switch off disruptive wind turbines.

Energy infrastructure such as energy storage technologies and energy transmission lines could support stable, reliable, and sustainable renewable energy. However, investments in energy infrastructure require policies that address technological, financial, policy, and market barriers. Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, for example, have promoted energy storage by investing in research and development of energy storage technologies and providing subsidies and other incentives to facilitate energy storage deployment. Construction of new transmission lines in Texas and the United Kingdom meanwhile helped to reduce loss of renewable energy from curtailing generation by solar and wind farms.

ADBI, UNiLAB on Integrated System Analysis Tools, and the Energy Studies Institute at National University of Singapore are seeking paper submissions that examine evidence-based policy recommendations for boosting renewable energy in Asia.

Both fundamental and applied research in integrated assessment methodologies are welcome.

Renewable energy topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Economics
    • Investment and financing
    • Business models and market designs
    • Infrastructure development and related macroeconomic issues
    • Energy infrastructure under climatic conditions in Asia
    • Energy infrastructure reliability and resilience
  • Policy and Regulation
    • Technology research, development, and demonstration strategies
    • Innovation policy and management
    • Implementation strategies of technology roadmaps
    • Standards and legislation
    • Life cycle management and regulation
  • Governance
    • Safety and security
    • Monitoring and enforcement
    • Institutional arrangements
  • Case studies
    • Country case studies
    • Industry case studies

Submission Guidelines:

All submitted papers must be clearly written in English and contain only original or review work which has not been published, nor is currently under review, by any other journals or conferences.

Abstracts of a minimum of 300 words should be submitted no later than 30 November 2019 via this link and contain a title, name, and affiliation of the author(s), contact information, and appropriate fields (JEL classifications) and keywords. Early applications including a full paper are preferred. Authors of selected papers will be notified by 30 December 2019. A full draft paper should be submitted by 29 February 2020.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the paper development workshop to be hosted by ADBI in Tokyo on 22-23 April 2020. ADBI will provide travel support to one author per paper.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. The name of the journal will be announced at a later date.

Questions or inquiries may be directed to:

Project Organizing Committee:

  • Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Peter J. Morgan, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Victor Nian, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan