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With Asia and the Pacific’s energy demand projected to double by 2030, about 200 million people without electricity and more than 1.7 billion people without access to clean cooking, ADB is committed to helping its developing member countries achieve access to clean energy for all.

Sector Governance and Reform

NPTC engineers and staff monitors the operation of the 1070 MW Nam Theun 2 hydropower plant in Lao PDR
NPTC engineers and staff monitors the operation of the 1070 MW Nam Theun 2 hydropower plant in Lao PDR. Photo: Ariel Javellana/ADB

Policies, capabilities and institutions are just as important as transmission and distribution lines or solar parks. ADB supports its developing member countries in:

  • establishing competitive electricity markets, adopting market pricing mechanisms, and regulating monopolies
  • encouraging private sector participation, particularly public-private partnerships
  • supporting research, legislation, technology development, and regulation
  • adopting tariff structures to promote energy conservation
  • training in energy planning, demand forecast, financial management, operations and maintenance of assets, and economic assessment

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