Power Sector Integration in Southeast Asia
Date: 27 October 2016, Thursday
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 hrs
Organiser: International Energy Agency (IEA)
Venue: Orchid 4211/12, Level 4, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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Southeast Asia is emerging as a critical region in global energy. Energy demand among the ASEAN countries increased by more than 50% between 2000 and 2013, and this trend is likely to continue. The 2015 World Energy Outlook Special Report on the Energy Outlook for Southeast Asia found that the electricity demand among ASEAN countries nearly triples by 2040, requiring an additional 400 GW of new generating capacity – an amount roughly equal to the installed capacity of present day Japan and Korea combined. Of this, 40% is expected to be coal power, though renewables make inroads as well, more than tripling in capacity terms over that same timeframe. While most of that renewable power will be in the form of hydro, solar PV and wind are expected to increase significantly.

Work done by the IEA based on the experiences of both its member countries and key partner countries – including countries in Southeast Asia – has demonstrated that growing regions can meet their power sector needs in a more affordable, secure, and sustainable manner through regional collaboration and interconnection. In particular, an interconnected power system can enhance the development and integration of variable renewable power generation capacity in ASEAN, decreasing the environmental impact of ASEAN’s power sector while also increasing its general electricity security. While developing a regional power grid remains an explicit goal of the ASEAN community, progress has been limited.

The workshop will examine the ways that ASEAN member countries can develop appropriate regional institutions and leverage advances in grid technologies to support regional interconnection. It will discuss the released Global Energy Investment Report by the IEA’s Economics and Investment Office, the IEA’s forthcoming roadmap on Smart Transmission Grids, the opportunities for and challenges of developing large-scale, cross-border transmission projects in Asia, and how to develop regional institutions to support regional power sector integration.

Programme Details



14:00 - 14:10

Welcome Remarks

Florian Kitt, Program Manager, Southeast Asia, Office of Global Energy Policy, IEA

14:10 - 14:30

Presentation: The IEA’s Global Energy Investment and Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Reports

Michael Waldron, Energy Analyst, Economics and Investment Office, IEA

14:30 - 14:50

Comment on Global Energy Investment Report

Low Kian Min, Senior Vice President, Group Business Development & Commercial of Sembcorp Industries

14:50 - 15:10


15:10 - 15:30

Presentation: Re-powering Markets - the Importance of Regulation

Matthew Wittenstein, Electricity Analyst, GCP, IEA

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 16:40

Panel Discussion: Supporting Power Market Integration – Regional Institutions

16:40 - 17:00



Low Kian Min
Low Kian Min
Senior Vice President, Group Business Development & Commercial, Utilities 
Sembcorp Industries
Beni Suryadi
Beni Suryadi
Senior Research Analyst, Research Analysis Programme (PRAP)
ASEAN Centre for Energy
Michael Waldron
Michael Waldron
Energy Investment Analyst, Economics and Investment Office
International Energy Agency (IEA)
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Matthew Wittenstein
Matthew Wittenstein
Electricity Sector Analyst, Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Anton Finenko Anton Finenko
Research Associate, Energy Studies Institute 
National University of Singapore


Dr Phyllis Yoshida
Fellow for Energy & Technology 
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

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