Commentary

How crucial is the role of renewable energy in pursuing affordable and clean electricity in ASEAN?

Electricity demand in Southeast Asia is expected to soar for years to come. The newly published 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook foresees that based on the baseline scenario—in which ASEAN’s energy systems continue to develop along historical trends in a business-as-usual scenario—residential electricity demand will increase to 491 TWh by 2040, which is twice the demand in 2017.
3 months ago

How crucial is the role of renewable energy in pursuing affordable and clean electricity in ASEAN?

Electricity demand in Southeast Asia is expected to soar for years to come. The newly published 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook foresees that based on the baseline scenario—in which ASEAN’s energy systems continue to develop along historical trends in a business-as-usual scenario—residential electricity demand will increase to 491 TWh by 2040, which is twice the demand in 2017.
3 months ago

Enhancing Energy Resilience for ASEAN: Regional Actions in Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery Plans

Since its earliest infections started cropping up in Wuhan, China, December last year, the COVID-19 coronavirus has been expanding towards approximately 4 million confirmed cases globally. In ASEAN region, based on the data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the confirmed cases have reached almost 300,000 as of early August 2020, which dominantly occurred in Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore. Most countries, including the ASEAN Member States, have enacted containment measures in order to control and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus particularly after it was officially announced as a pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020.
8 months ago

Microgrids: Helping to Bring Reliable, Accessible and Clean Energy to Asia

Energy demand across Asia is surging and expected to grow by two-thirds by 2040, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. At the same time, more than 65 million people mostly in Southeast Asia are without adequate or reliable access to electricity.
9 months ago

5 Reasons Why Battery Storage will take off at Southeast Asia's Gas-Fired Facilities

How will Southeast Asia’s electric utility market evolve as it emerges from the fall out and impact of COVID-19 on the global economy? Already facing what was predicted as moderate GDP growth rates and a slowdown in the growth of demand for electricity, the region could also be coping with increased pressure to lower electricity rates and sustained pressure to broaden the energy mix, transitioning to cleaner forms of generation.
10 months ago

Offshore wind developers and investors looking to enter Japanese waters must demonstrate what they bring to the table

Offshore wind has truly spread around the world in recent years, with Asian markets such as Japan taking a prominent role by rapidly developing their offshore capabilities. International investors and developers are starting to get involved in Japanese offshore wind, but to capitalize on opportunities in this growing market, they must show that they can work with domestic partners, leverage current Japanese partnerships from shared projects in other regions – in addition to demonstrating their experience.
10 months ago

Vietnam's Green Future and COVID-19

Co-authored by Justine Barthe-Dejean, Reed Smith and Nguyen Thi Xuan Trinh, Partner, VNA Legal
10 months ago

Shareholder Value and NOCs in a Transforming Oil and Gas Landscape

Despite positive steps towards more efficient practice, total shareholder return (TSR) in oil and gas has consistently underperformed that of other industries over the last five years according to analysis undertaken by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
1 year ago

Data monitoring practices key to emerging Taiwanese offshore opportunities

As industry focus shifts to guaranteeing Taiwan’s renewable energy targets, vessel operators must adopt advanced vessel monitoring practices to secure lucrative support contracts.
1 year ago

Southeast Asian power companies are seizing renewable opportunities

The rapid drop in the cost of renewable energy is reshaping the world’s energy systems. Part and parcel of this shift, a new landscape is emerging among finance and power companies. Southeast Asian conglomerates such as Ayala are at the forefront.
1 year ago

How Asia can get its energy transition right

When I arrived in Singapore to look into the growth opportunities in the energy landscape in the Asian Region, I was aware of some of the well-trodden discussions on the challenges that this region faces: “Asia will continue to lag behind Europe and the US in embracing newer forms of energy, especially clean energy”; “policy bottlenecks will make energy transition painfully slow and dependence on oil and gas inevitable.”
1 year ago

The buzz about lithium-ion batteries

Almost 300 years since the discovery of electricity, 65 million of Southeast Asia’s population still goes without access to the electrical grid. At nightfall, millions continue to burn firewood to heat their homes and light up the darkness. The lack of energy presents a barrier to the region, holding back progress on many levels such as food security, health, education, work and poverty reduction. Yet the next frontier in Southeast Asia’s efforts to sustainably and efficiently power its communities – rural and urban – is already within reach: lithium-ion batteries.
1 year ago

Vietnam's Solar FIT 2 and Overcoming Financing Challenges

This article was co-authored by Hugo Le Ridou, Reed Smith.
1 year ago

Unlocking the potential of solar water solutions

The world has woken up to the vast potential of renewables with nations across the globe ramping up their efforts to switch to renewable fuel sources to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. In fact, two-thirds of the world’s new generation capacity in 2018 came from renewables, with solar energy continuing to be the fastest growing renewable.
1 year ago

Taiwan Offshore Wind Series Part 2 — "Lessons Learned"

Taiwan is undoubtedly one of Asia's most exciting jurisdictions for offshore wind development right now. A well-regulated framework coupled with cost-reflective tariffs has allowed the island to attract some of the biggest names in the offshore wind sector.
1 year ago

Taiwan Offshore Wind Series Part 1 – Allocation of Offshore Windfarms in Taiwan

Taiwan's ambitious offshore wind power programme is now well known. However, what lies in the road ahead? What are the issues that have arisen so far? Where will the challenges be for the nascent industry? In this first of a two-part series, John Yeap, James Harris and Nick Wang, energy and finance lawyers with Pinsent Masons recounts where we are currently in the development of Taiwan's offshore wind.
2 years ago

Pakistan's energy pathway under the spotlight

With Chinese thermal coal imports set to go into decline, coal exporters are depending on countries like Pakistan to pick up the slack.
2 years ago