Harmonizing Power Systems in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Regulatory and Pricing Measures to Facilitate Trade

Publication | February 2020

This publication identifies bottlenecks to regional power trading in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and proposes solutions to overcome them.

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The six GMS countries are striving to ensure an adequate, reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy supply for all their citizens. Toward this, the GMS countries have identified power trading as a priority for regional cooperation. However, such trading currently represents less than 2% of electricity consumed in the GMS. This publication examines the regulatory and commercial barriers that are preventing a greater uptake of power trading in the region and identifies the key measures needed to overcome them.


  • Regional Power Trading in the GMS: Current Situation
  • Barriers to Cross-Border Trade
  • Priorities for Increasing Regional Electricity Trading
  • Open Access Proposals
  • Methodology for Wheeling Charges
  • Short-Term Bilateral Trading Measures
  • Balancing Mechanism
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Energy
  • Access to energy
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Cambodia
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • 124
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS200070
  • 978-92-9262-036-3 (print)
  • 978-92-9262-037-0 (electronic)
  • 978-92-9262-038-7 (ebook)

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