Central Asian countries have abundant energy resources but unevenly distributed. Some countries are rich with fossil fuels while others with hydro resources. One thing that all these countries have in common is substantial renewable energy potential that can play significant role in decarbonization of the region. However, power system operators are often reluctant to integrate renewable energy generation plants at large scale since the intermittency of renewable requires additional reserve capacity. Additional reserve capacity implies additional cost to run the power system. The proposed session will explain how the reserve requirement can be substantially reduced through: (i) efficient system planning (case study Kazakhstan); (ii) trading of reserve capacities (case study Central Asia); and, (iii) benefits of the expansion of the regional power trade (case study Central Asian Power System).


Many DMCs would like to diversify their power generation portfolio through development of renewable energy generation sources (wind, solar) and support decarbonization. Intermittency of renewables requires additional reserve capacity, which implies additional cost. Case studies of Kazakhstan and Central Asia could provide several examples of how to minimize those costs which could be applicable/beneficial in other DMCs.


Time (Manila) Activities
02:00 - 02:05 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
Mr. Joonho Hwang, Director of Energy Division, CWRD, ADB
02:05-02:10 p.m. Introduction of Speakers – Sarin Abado, Energy Specialist, Central & West Asia Department, ADB
02:10-02:30 p.m. “Efficient System Planning – Case Study Kazakhstan” by Mr. Flavio Fernandez
02:30-02:50 p.m. “How Countries Cope with Intermittency” by Mr. Pascal Bertolini
02:50-3:10 p.m. “Benefits for Regional Cooperation on Intermittent Source Integration” by Mr. Pascal Bertolini
3:10-3:30 p.m. Q&A

About Organizers

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

Point of Contact

Levan Mtchedlishvili, ADB