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Clean Power Asia


  • Lower Mekong countries are uncertain how best to expand clean energy use.
  • Abt provides technical assistance to the public and private sectors through this USAID program.
  • The private sector is taking the lead in developing and financing projects, enabled by governments that promote clean energy use.
The Challenge

Energy consumption across Southeast Asia is projected to double by 2040. If the region continues to rely heavily on conventional energy sources such as coal to meet demand, the negative impacts on ecosystems, human health, and livelihoods throughout the Mekong River basin and beyond will be far-reaching. Abt works to encourage power-sector investments in clean, grid-connected renewable energy sources throughout the region—driving toward a vision of stable clean power sustainably supplied across the Lower Mekong.

The Approach

USAID’s Abt-led Clean Power Asia encourages power-sector investments in environmentally-friendly, clean energy sources, including bringing more renewable energy into electricity grids. Our approach – enabled by the public sector and led by the private sector – integrates flexible activities that strengthen power systems within and across borders. The project also gathers datasets to support national renewable energy targets and integration of the targets into power development and integrated resource plans.

The Results

The project ran from June 2016 to June 2021 and reported the following results:

  • Contributed to 16 new policies and regulations proposed, adopted, and/or implemented
  • Over $7 billion USD in renewable energy investments
  • Nearly 10,000 megawatts of capacity installed or reaching financial closure
  • Prevented 93 million tons of CO2 equivalent from being released over the next 15 years 

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