Second Meeting of the SASEC Cross-Border Power Trade Working Group
13-14 Nov 2019
The Second Meeting of the SASEC Cross-border Power Trade Working Group (SPT-WG-2) was held on 13-14 November 2019 in New Delhi, India, organized by the Ministry of Power of the Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). SPT-WG-2 is a platform to advance power trade arrangements in the SASEC subregion.
The meeting reviewed and refined the draft of the proposed intergovernmental SASEC Regional Power Trade Framework Agreement (RPTFA). The RPTFA will provide a broad framework for the SASEC countries to cooperate toward promoting cross-border trade in electricity, which will be subject to laws, rules, regulations and international obligations of the countries. The Meeting participants were generally supportive of the need for the RPTFA and provided specific comments and suggestions on the content and language of the RPTFA. Each country delegation proposed changes to the draft, which were incorporated in the revised RPTFA with the concurrence of the other participants. The Meeting agreed that the revised draft RPTFA would be the basis for conducting internal consultations on the document.
The Meeting also discussed and reviewed:
- Recent progress and challenges in Cross-Border Electricity Trade (CBET) in the SASEC subregion;
- Progress and proposed way forward for the updated SASEC Operational Plan 2016–2025, including the priority projects which will be included in the SASEC Action Plan (SAP) 2020–2022, planned for adoption at the proposed SASEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting in 2020.
- Progress and next steps in implementing regional technical assistance 9584: SASEC Regional Energy Cooperation.
As part of the working group’s knowledge sharing efforts, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) of India gave a briefing on its energy efficiency (EE) initiatives, business model (e.g., EE street lighting, EE retrofitting for firms), and international operations, focusing on the features, benefits, experiences and challenges in implementing the E-mobility (electric vehicle) program in India.
Senior officials and representatives of energy and power agencies participated in the Meeting, together with staff and consultants of the ADB. Mr. Sh. S.K.G. Rahate, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power of India and Mr. Priyantha Wijayatunga, Director, Energy Division (SAEN), South Asia Department, ADB, co-chaired the Meeting.