Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) may prove to be the single most disruptive resource on the path to the sustainable energy transition in Asia, helping nations, cities, and communities meet their objectives related to clean energy, energy security, mobility, and air quality, among others. While distributed photovoltaics (DPV) have been the preeminently deployed grid-tied distributed energy technology to date, the rapid decline in costs of, energy storage, electric vehicles, and smart grid technology is set to facilitate the growth of DERs (e.g. demand side management, battery storage, energy efficiency, and EVs) across Asia. DER deployment provides opportunities for utility business models, grid resiliency, consumer engagement, and local job creation.


  • This DDW addressed evolving challenges and opportunities that come with the maturation of the distributed energy resources (DER) market in Asia.
  • It provided an overview of DER policy and planning including electric mobility strategies, policies and incentives, grid interaction, rate design, charging infrastructure, and business models.
  • It showcased select country experiences in incorporating emerging DERs such as electric vehicles (EVs) and storage into their power systems.
  • Promoted cross-learning and good practices across the region and beyond


Time (Manila) Activities
10:30-10:35 a.m. Welcome, Learning Objectives and Agenda Overview
10:35-10:45 a.m. Overview: DER Trends and Opportunities in Asia

Set the stage by presenting a retrospective of DER global trends to date (with an emphasis on Asia) and highlight emerging DER capabilities and
opportunities for consumers, utilities, and the public and private sectors.

Speaker: Carishma Gokhale-Welch, NREL

10:45-11:20 a.m. Case Studies: Best Practices for Scaling DER

Scaling DER in India: Understanding the Value of Solar and Preparing for Storage
Speaker: Anurag Mishra, USAID India

DERs on Smart Campuses: a Thai Case Study
Speaker: Dr. Phimsupha Kokchang, Chulalongkorn University

Emerging Growth of Distributed PV Deployment in Vietnam: Policy and Implementation
Speaker: Duc Nguyen, USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program

Considerations for EV Charging Infrastructure in India
Speaker: Anish Mandal, Deloitte

DER in Small Island Grids
Speaker: Tadayuki Ogawa, JICA
11:20 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Panel Discussion on Emerging DERs in Asia

Panelists from leading Asian countries, and mature markets (U.S., Germany, and Japan), including experts and government representatives.
Topics included planning and policy for DER and EV deployment, future ready distribution companies/utilities for enabling DER deployment
at scale and EV transitions, and distributed storage regulatory principles.
12:25-12:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks


About the Organizers

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s work safeguards this mission and puts countries on a path to pursue clean energy growth and resilient, low-carbon development. Countries around the world are feeling the effects of climate change, from more intense heat waves,droughts, floods and storms to slower-moving changes like ocean acidification. USAID is sharing world-class knowledge, data and tools to ensure countries can predict, prepare for and adapt to change. USAID also helps countries lay the foundations for sustainable growth powered by clean energy and healthy landscapes. https://www.usaid.gov/

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)is a governmental agency that coordinates Official Development Assistance for the government of Japan. It is chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, and the promotion of international cooperation. In Southeast Asia it is supporting detailed technical analysis and development of grid codes, electric vehicle deployment and other regulations, particularly in the Lower Mekong, to improve planning, operations and investment in transmission infrastructure to facilitate increased bilateral trade.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the world uses energy. NREL analysis informs policy and investment decisions as energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies advance from concept to commercial application to market penetration. With objective, technology-neutral analysis, NREL aims to increase the understanding of energy policies, markets, resources, technologies, and infrastructure and connections between these and economic, environmental, and security priorities.

The United States Agency for International Development’s Clean Power Asia program (USAID Clean Power Asia), implemented by Abt Associates, works with Lower Mekong countries and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to encourage power sector investments in environmentally friendly, grid-connected renewable energy sources. The program focuses on incorporating renewable energy into planning, promoting smart incentives, building an enabling environment for renewable energy policies and frameworks and mobilizing finance.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. GIZ’s diverse expertise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from its services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the main commissioning party, but GIZ also works with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) envisions a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in the region. ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and \economic development. ADB maximizes the development impact of its assistance by facilitating policy dialogues, providing advisory services, and mobilizing financial resources through co-financing operations that tap official, commercial, and export credit sources.

Point of Contact

Anurag Mishra, USAID-India, amishra@usaid.gov
Carishma Gokhale-Welch, NREL, carishma.gokhalewelch@nrel.gov
Winston Chow, USAID Clean Power Asia, winston_chow@abtassoc.com
Monali Zeya Hazra, USAID-India, mhazra@usaid.gov