The GrIPP Network has completed another milestone when we successfully conducted our second region workshop last March at the Risoe National Laboratory in Roskilde. Invited speakers with experiences in investing in Southeast East Asian (SEA) projects discussed important and interesting topics on projects for power generation in the region. The participants gained more insights on the development of renewable energy like hydropower, wind and biomass and for launching projects in SEA. A lively exchange of ideas and experiences also resulted from the presentations in the main sessions (see summary of proceedings). The program as well as the papers presented during the workshop can be downloaded from our website (www.asem-greenippnetwork.net).
After the workshop, the project partners met to discuss the Network�s accomplishments as well as the future activities. One of the next milestones of the project is the launching of the developed databases. On the project website, databases with information about technology and resources, policy instruments in SEA and financing sources will be implemented in the next months. In addition, the partners firmed up preparations for the third regional workshop, which will be held on 25-26 September 2003 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ECN will spearhead the affair. More details about this workshop will be provided in our website as well as in our next newsletter.
Meanwhile, as part of the Network�s continuing activities, this fifth issue of the newsletter features the important topic project structures and financing sources. The first article provides a background on the development of green IPPs in Southeast Asia. Some examples on existing project structures and financing are shown. The second article deals with the current structure of projects in CDM as financing source for SEA. The expected prices for the mitigation of CO2 are compared with transaction costs of CDM projects. In addition, risks arising from CDM projects are shown.
Results of Second Workshop
"Renewable Energy Development in Southeast Asia
- European Experiences and Perspectives"
27-28 March 2003; Roskilde, Denmark
Summary of proceedings
The second regional workshop of the ASEM Green IPP Network was successfully held on 27-28 March 2003 at Risoe National Laboratory in Roskilde, Denmark. The dual objectives of this workshop are, first, to present European perspectives and experiences in different fields linked to the Green IPP issue and, second, to review business opportunities and market conditions in Southeast Asia.
Special emphasis was placed on the discussion of opportunities and barriers under the changed market conditions in the energy sector. Issues such as Emission Trading, Joint Implementation and Clean Development Mechanisms are key features of the new market conditions that Green IPPs are operating within. Hence, they make up an important part of the framework�and the business opportunities�for Green IPP activities in connection with the project. Therefore, Session 1 of the workshop focused on these subjects from an European perspective.
In Session 2, the market conditions (macroeconomics, power systems and markets, prices, investment climates, policies, regulatory instruments, etc.) and opportunities in the Southeast Asian market were illustrated by Southeast Asian parties�each focusing on one of the three competence centres of the project. On this background, Session 3 addressed experiences of European parties working with projects and investments in Asia.
Finally, the perspectives linked to European developments in renewable energy were illustrated. What is being done to promote Green IPPs projects in Europe and with what results? What difficulties do Green IPPs encounter (e.g., with power system integration) and what experiences have been gained trying to surmount these difficulties? To what extent are these experiences transferable to Southeast Asia?
On the morning of second day of the workshop there was a site visit to two wind power plants in the central Copenhagen area. One of the wind farm is onshore (inaugurated in 1996) while the other is an off-shore park (from 2001). In spite of this, the two parks are located adjacent to each other. Both of these farms are owned partly by the utility, Copenhagen Energy, and partly by individual shareholders. The site visit included a presentation by Niels Lund of KMEK (the Copenhagen Environmental and Energy Advisory Office) on the background of the wind farms, such as project organisation, financing and technology selection.
The proceedings and presentations of the workshop are available here