Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific Region
There is worldwide interest in increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity generation and energy consumption for enhancing sustainability. With over 40% of the world population and more than 60% of global energy consumption, it is especially important for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. Due to the diverse nature of economies in APEC, there are many challenges towards this goal. On the other hand, declining cost of renewable energy and related technological advances provide new opportunities, specifically for solar energy. The webinar will focus on recent advances in renewable energy and their potential for Asia-Pacific. It will include a summary of best practices, gaps, guidelines to accelerate growth of renewable energy, and recommendations for future activities identified in a workshop in Daegu, Korea in November 2015. Further, a pathway will be defined for APEC to achieve its goal of doubling the share of renewables by 2030 based on a high renewable scenario prepared by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) for soon to be released 6th edition of the APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook of energy trends to 2040.
Anil Pahwa is Professor and holds the Logan-Fetterhoof Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University, where he has worked for the past 32 years. His expertise lies in smart grid and renewable energy with a goal to make electric power systems more resilient and sustainable. He served as Chair of Power and Energy Education Committee of IEEE Power and Energy Society (2012 to 2013) and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2010 to 2015). He worked in the U.S. Department of State as a Jefferson Science Fellow for a year from 2014 to 2015 providing scientific support for international policies related to energy.
Cecilia Tam joined the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) in March 2015 and is Special Advisor responsible for managing the research programme at APERC. Prior to joining APERC, Cecilia was Head of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where she was also responsible for the IEA’s Energy Technology Roadmaps Programme. Having joined the IEA in 2006 her work has covered technology roadmaps, finance, deployment and innovation, industry and energy efficiency. Cecilia was also a Senior Equity Research Analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where she covered Latin American electricity companies, working on various privatisations and equity offerings.
Tom Key is a Senior Technical Executive at EPRI and currently responsible for EPRI’s research program for integration of distributed resources. He is a fellow of the IEEE for contributions in the area of power systems and power quality. He has also led programs on renewable and distributed generation, and on integration PV power systems.
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