ADB is working to increase access to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy across Asia and the Pacific to reduce poverty and promote development.

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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ADB is supporting Cambodia in constructing a 100 MW solar power park and transmission lines to the grid. The Cambodia Solar Power Project features $3.25 million in cofinancing through the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in Asia.


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