Alternative Energy Technologies in Asia: Achievements & Outlook for the World Bank's Asia Alternative Energy Program

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March 21, 2003 - 12:00pm
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Bldg. 90
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In 1992, the World Bank and donor partners established the Asia Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE) to support the transition to environmentally sustainable energy use in developing countries in Asia. ASTAE's strategic objective during the past decade has been to mainstream alternative energy in World Bank energy sector activities, with the aim of achieving a 10% share of renewable energy and energy efficiency components in World Bank energy sector projects in Asia. This strategic objective has been achieved, as during the period FY98-00 over 12 percent of the Bank's power sector lending in Asia was for alternative energy components and projects. With this milestone achieved, ASTAE is reviewing its program strategy to ensure that its overall objectives and individual country strategies are in line with the larger business strategies of the Region and the Bank as a whole. This presentation highlights the achievements of the past 10 years and provides some insight into ASTAE planning for the future. --Grayson Heffner specializes in energy technology R&D and project management, with an emphasis on retail and customer end-use issues and business strategies. He is currently a Consultant to the Asia Alternative Energy Program of the World Bank. Dr. Heffner has managed numerous US and international assignments relating to power sector restructuring, resource planning, load management, load research, distributed resources, and distribution planning. He has managed or directed multi-million dollar research programs on energy and environmental tradeoffs of new energy technologies, residential and commercial end-use load research, integrated planning and DSM evaluation methods in use by IEA countries, and implications of end-use efficiency to electric distribution planning. Dr. Heffner also served three terms as Chairman of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council's Inter-Utility Demand-Side Management Liaison Group. He is a Senior Member and past San Francisco Chapter Chair of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He has authored over 50 books, reports, and journal articles on energy policy and energy technology. For more information about this seminar, please contact: Kristina LaCommare(510) 486-4718

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