Pre-Forum Activities 2016

Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) and technical seminars are focused sessions designed to give participants in-depth knowledge on specific topics of interest. Each DDW and technical seminar is organized by one or more ACEF partner organizations, who will bring together speakers, design the agenda, and manage the workshop.

We envision having two types of pre-Forum events this year:
(a) Deep Dive Workshop, which focuses on defining, discussing, and brainstorming on a significant problem or opportunity in the clean energy sector.
(b) Technical Seminar, which focuses on sharing information on a technical area of issue, and which is aimed more at information dissemination and training, as opposed to group discussion and problem-solving.

This year, the DDWs and technical seminars will be held on Monday and Tuesday of ACEF week. A full list of planned workshops is provided below, and you can download a schedule for the DDWs, technical seminars, and other Pre-Forum events here.

Go to the dropdown menu on the left for a full agenda for each workshop. Please note that these events are free to attend:

  • All participants at the DDWs have to register for ACEF as well. The registration link is:
  • All participants at the DDW should contact the Deep Dive Workshop or Technical Seminar Organizer directly (contact details given on each DDW page).

Pre-Forum Activities

Sustainable Energy for All Investor Forum | REGIONAL
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: ADB Energy for All Initiative
Energy access companies in Asia are transitioning from business models that operate under a Retail Model to business models that operate under an Energy Service Model. This year’s Sustainable Energy for All Forum will discuss the organizational and environmental factors that make this transition successful. Particular emphasis will be given to enabling technologies and financing products that have been instrumental in case studies in India, Nepal and the Philippines.

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Mapping the Future: Energizing Data-driven Policy Making and Investment in Renewable Power
Monday, June 6, 9:00AM - 12:30PM

Organizers: USAID / NREL
The workshop will enable participants to visualize and quantify renewable energy resource potential in their country/region through the launch of an innovative new geospatial renewable energy analysis tool, “Enterprise GsT” The session also aims to support participants in understanding how to apply the GsT and geospatial analysis, facilitate peer learning, and collect information on geospatial data analysis needs and interests that could inform future improvements.

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Powering the Asian Tiger with Renewables
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00AM - 12:30PM

Organizers: REN 21 and WWF
The workshop, co-organised by REN21 and WWF, will look at the growth of renewable energy in South East Asia. It will present the current status of renewables as well as scenarios for the future of the power sector in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Participants will debate with panellists about the current and future of renewable and energy efficiency in the region. The workshop is designed around the newly released research from WWF and REN21 and is interactive in nature.

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How Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy Can Support Renewable Energy Markets in Asia.
Monday, June 6, 2:00PM - 5:30PM

Organizers: WRI
The workshop aims to discuss the feasibility, challenges, and opportunities of establishing the Corporate Renewables Partnership in Asian countries, with a focus on India, Indonesia and China, explore issues to address with the partnership, and how approaches can be developed to create system benefits beyond the corporate purchasers.

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Wind Power: Accelerating Deployments in Emerging Wind Markets
Monday, June 6, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: ADB Quantum Leap in Wind
The workshop will share lessons, best practices and recommendations in order to accelerate wind development. All facets of wind project development will be covered: Prospecting, Wind resource assessment, Siting/engineering, Turbine technology, financing, and others.

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Green Energy Finance Workshop
Monday, June 6, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: RENAC / Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
The workshop will consist of two parts: RENAC´s Green Banking Project which aims at providing participants with specific expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, as well as appropriate risk evaluation and mitigation schemes.

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Carbon Capture and Storage Way Forward in Asia
Monday, June 6, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: ADB
The workshop consists will provide a snapshot of global CCS status/potential in the energy and non-energy sectors and look at two countries as examples, PRC and Indonesia where ADB is actively supporting CCS.

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Organizational Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs in Southeast Asia: Thailand and Philippine Initiatives
Monday, June 6, 9:30AM - 12:30PM

Organizers: USAID Low Emissions Asian Development Program (LEAD) and UNDP Low-Emission Capacity Building Project (LECB)
The technical seminar aims to
1. To introduce Thailand’s voluntary organizational greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program to interested governments and potential reporting entities or other related stakeholders and
2. To demonstrate the functionality of the program’s online GHG reporting platform to these stakeholders.

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Powering ASEAN: Can The Nordic Model Work?
Monday, June 6, 2:00PM - 5:30PM

Organizers: ASEAN Studies Center
The DDW focuses on the Nordic Electricity Exchange system, which has successfully delivered connectivity to the five Nordic states and beyond, and whether this model can be adapted and implemented to secure connectivity across ASEAN through the ASEAN Power Grid.

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Scaling up Clean Energy: Early Actions to Facilitate Integration of Variable Renewable Energy into Existing Power Systems
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: GIZ, USAID, NREL and Clean Energy Solutions Center
The objectives of the workshop are
1. To make participants aware of the commonly underestimated potential for integrating VRE into existing power systems
2. To inform participants about possible early actions to initiate the process of allowing their respective power sectors to accommodate more VRE sources, and
3. To facilitate the dissemination of lessons learned from the US and Germany, as well as selected Asian countries on challenges, solutions, and early actions with regards to integration of VRE sources.

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Launch and Introduction of DigiCollect´s multi-purpose Online Marketplace for Energy and Infrastructure
Tuesday, June 7, 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Organizers: ACO Investment
The technical seminar will introduce the DigiCollect platform for developers, lenders and investors to analyze and visualize projects, evaluate projects that are presented in a bankable format and reach suppliers via an auction system that seeks to maintain high quality but lower costs across the board (hard and soft costs).

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How the HOMER® Pro Software Can Improve the Design and Development of Clean and Sustainable Energy Projects
Tuesday, June 7, 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Organizers: Homer Energy
This technical seminar will provide participants an opportunity to learn and discuss the potential for hybrid mini-grids to provide 24 hour access to clean sustainable power. It will also consist of an introduction to the HOMER® Pro software, which is the recognized global standard for rapid assessment of least-cost options for clean, sustainable mini-grids and hybrid power systems.

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Microgrid Energy Storage: Power Systems of the Future
Tuesday, June 7, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Organizers: Embassy of Canada in Manila
This deep dive workshop is aimed at to discuss current experiences in renewable energy based microgrids, energy storage and smart grid technologies. The speakers will cover a variety of current issues and opportunities emphasizing importance of enhanced stakeholder engagement including business, governments and multilateral organizations.

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The Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform: Making Public-Private Partnerships work for Energy Efficiency in Asia
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency / EESL
There is widespread interest in committing to energy efficiency, but to achieve the ambitious targets set by international agreements and the targets of initiatives such as Sustainable Energy for All, commitments will have to be converted to real results quickly. For implementation at scale to occur, new partnerships are required between committed government and the private sector service, product and finance providers that can help them deliver.

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Scaling Clean Technologies: What it Really Takes / How Accelerators are Building Tomorrow’s Cleantech Leaders
Tuesday, June 7, 2:00PM - 5:30PM

Organizers: ADB Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Finance Center; California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
The workshop will bring together leading global cleantech and clean energy venture accelerators and early-stage investors from Asia, US, EU and the Middle East. They will discuss and share their practical experience in helping to build and grow new cleantech business.

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Waste to Energy, Transforming Strategy into Reality
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Organizers: ADB Waste to Energy Working Group
This interactive workshop will be hosted by ADB and Ricardo Energy & Environment to support Developing Member Countries in understanding the potential for generating clean energy from biomass and solid waste whilst mitigating national carbon emissions through the adoption of a waste management strategy incorporating Waste to Energy.

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Deep Dive Workshop on Mini-grids
Monday, June 6, 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Organizers: ADB Energy for All Initiative
The session will analyze the various business models models employed on RE mini-grid pilot projects in various DMCs which were supported by ADB regional technical assistance on Empowering the Poor through Increasing Access to Energy, providing discussions on the lessons learned, challenges encountered and the potential for replication and scaling up.

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Reaching the Last Mile: Gender and Socially Inclusive Approaches for Energy Access
Monday, June 6, 2:00PM - 5:30PM

Organizers: Energia, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, World Bank
The workshop will disseminate experiences and strategies that have proven successful in access to modern energy to the last mile consumers, in ways that are responsive to local contexts, build on local capacities and are gender-informed. Specifically, the session will discuss barriers for scaling up last mile distribution approaches that exist across the energy sector, and highlight good practices on rural distribution, consumer and working capital finance, marketing, and promotion.

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Case Studies in Clean Energy Project Development: Lessons Learned in SE Asia
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Organizers: Overseas Private Investment Corporation, U.S. Trade Development Agency, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Agency for International Development
This workshop will deliver practitioner viewpoints on strategies needed to sustain, and indeed accelerate, growth in Southeast Asia's renewable energy market. A range of tools and resources are needed, including clear and transparent policy and regulator frameworks, availability of pre-development funds, sustainable incentive policies, bankable contracts, and private sector capacity-building. The panelists will present real cases and examples from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries, challenges and solutions encompassing the entire RE market development cycle in SEA context. This should pave the way for a vibrant discussion and exchange of views with audience members. Panel participants will include the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, U.S. Trade Development Agency, U.S. Treasury, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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