First such co-operation between agencies draws more than 50 participants to Manila
2 November 2012
The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held their first joint workshop this autumn at the ADB headquarters in Manila. Together, they trained more than 50 participants about the potential and best practices for smart grids (high-tech systems that monitor and manage electricity flow and usage to better balance supply and demand), wind energy and other technological innovations in power generation.
Organised by the IEA International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, the four-day workshop started 22 October with a full day of analyses and outlooks based on the IEA publication Energy Technology Perspectives 2012. Instruction and discussion focused on power generation and the use of smart grids, but also covered carbon capture and storage and new technologies for natural gas.
In subsequent days, IEA and ADB experts concentrated on wind energy and smart grids using IEA How2Guides, which present best policy practices for technologies at different government levels, Sessions for both subjects addressed financing, development, deployment and barriers. The smart grid discussions also addressed integration of variable power sources like wind, while regional market analysts delivered a status report on wind energy in Asia.
The workshop drew participants from such ADB member countries as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines and Thailand as well as joint ADB-IEA members Japan and the Republic of Korea. Other participants included such organisations as the International Renewable Energy Agency and companies like Korea Electric Power Corporation.