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Multiple technological trends are driving the transformation of global energy systems. Technological improvements are rapidly cutting the costs of renewable power and of storage needed to safely integrate renewable energy into power grids. The electrification and digitization of everything is affecting the energy and other sectors, allowing greater control and optimization of energy systems. Decentralization is coming to the energy sector in the form of local power production and distribution. Decentralization is in turn bringing democratization to energy systems, enabling people to control and choose their energy sources.

Energy systems are evolving rapidly in response to these developments. New infrastructure is being created around these developments, with the potential to facilitate change and strengthen network resilience. New institutions are likewise evolving, creating opportunities for new business models and operations. While technology, infrastructure, and institutions are rapidly changing, governments often fail to keep up with the pace of change. Beneficial changes could be thwarted or delayed, and major disruptions to energy systems could result. Government officials must be prepared to manage major transformations that are already taking place and the ones to come in the future.

To help public officials keep up with developments in the energy sector, ADB organizes an annual Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), held every June at ADB HQ. ACEF brings together a diverse group of experts, including stakeholders from governments, national and multinational banks, carbon and clean energy investment funds, project developers and service providers, environmental regulators, academics, civil society representatives, and international organizations. The stakeholders share best practices in policy, technology, and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges.

ADBI has been invited to take a leading role in the ACEF 2018. To enable high-level dialogue on rapid change in energy systems at the ACEF 2018, ADBI proposes to bring selected energy sector officials to Tokyo prior to ACEF 2018 for intensive training in new energy technologies. The proposed training will address the following questions:

  • How to plan and deploy energy assets with design lifetimes of 20-60 years in the context of ongoing development and rapid technological changes?
  • How to utilize limited financial resources to manage potential risks associated with leading edge technologies?
  • How do countries adopt and integrate new approaches requiring advanced capabilities that may not be available in their own country?

The training will span 3 days, including introductory presentations on the technologies, and site visits to see installations of those technologies. Following the training in Tokyo, participants will explore the potential for implementing these technologies in their countries, and ADBI will organize one or more sessions at ACEF 2018 on the technologies covered in the training.

  • Improve knowledge by government officials of the latest energy technologies, increase awareness of how new technologies will affect energy systems, and enhance readiness to implement relevant policy reforms.
  • Highlight potentially disruptive technological developments on governments and help prepare energy regulators for the rapid change in energy systems.

ADBI will finance up to 20 energy sector officials to attend the training in Tokyo. Officials will be invited from countries with the greatest potential to implement the technologies covered in the Tokyo training session.

  • Improved knowledge by government officials of the latest energy technologies, awareness of how new technologies will affect energy systems, and readiness to implement relevant policy reforms.
  • Enhanced dialogue among government officials and experts on key issues related to energy systems and technological developments in the energy sector.
  • Presentation materials to be uploaded to ADBI.org.
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Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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