Secure and reliable grid infrastructure is vital to support regional economic growth and integration process. In view of this, the ASEAN member community has introduced ASEAN Power Grid (APG) in the first ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) series, APAEC 1999-2004. It is an initiative to construct a regional power to ensure security and sustainability of energy in the region, particularly the electricity by establishing an interconnection to connect the region, first on crossborder bilateral terms, and then gradually expand to sub-regional basis and subsequently leading to a total integrated Southeast Asia power grid system.

With the ambitious dream of a total integrated regional power system, APG will help to meet the region’s rapidly rising energy demand, improve access to energy services and reduce the costs of developing an energy infrastructure. APG is established to connect the countries with surplus power generation capacity to countries facing a deficit and an interconnected power system as such could further enhance the development and integration of variable renewable power generation capacity.


The side event offers a roundtable discussion between development partners to discuss challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for Southeast Asia in the journey towards advancing the region’s ambition to establish the regional ASEAN Power Grid interconnection.


Time (Manila) Activities
08:00 - 08:05 p.m. Welcome Address and Introduction
Moderator: Mr. John Robert Cotton, Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership

  • Ms. Sirpa Jarvenpaa, Director, Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership
08:05 - 08:20 p.m. Keynote on the review of ASEAN Power Grid’s Development

  • Dr. Twarath Sutabutr – Chief Inspector General, Ministry of Energy Thailand and Ex-Chairman of ASEAN Power Grid Consultative Committee (APGCC)
08:20 - 09:20 p.m. The ASEAN Power Grid Strategic Plan
Presentations by:

  • Mr. Beni Suryadi, Manager of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy, and Storage, Asean Center for Energy (ACE)
  • Ms. Tharinya Supasa, Project Lead Energy Policy for Southeast Asia, Clean Affordable Secured Energy (CASE) & AGORA Energiewende
  • Mr. Matthew Wittenstein, Chief of Section Energy Connectivity, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Dr. Pablo Hevia-Koch, Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Dr. Michael L. Boyd, Senior Energy Advisor, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA)
09:20 - 09:50 p.m. Roundtable Discussion and Q&A from the Floor
09:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Ms. Sirpa Jarvenpaa, Director, Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership


About the Organizer

The Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) is a platform that brings together philanthropies with governments to accelerate energy transition in Southeast Asia and support the countries achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement targets. ETP aims to empower its partner countries in their transition to maximize energy efficiency, unlock investment for renewable energy, expand smart grids, and enhance knowledge and awareness building.