Regional Power Cooperation and Trade

Lessons for South Asia, an ICIMOD-Niti Foundation Study

Energy efficiency studies have traditionally focused on households or industries. Recent studies by the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration (SARI/EI) programme have extended the scope of such energy efficiency studies to the electricity generation system itself. They have developed system optimization models whose analyses, based on estimates of supply and demand of power in South Asia, could be valuable for improving system efficiency through cross-border power trade.  ICIMOD has conducted a study that complements these studies by focusing on the pre-requisites for a successful execution of power trading arrangements. It analyzes regional power pools in Central America, South Africa,  Southeast Asia, and the Nordic region, drawing lessons for the BBIN region of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal for developing transmission infrastructure, crafting power-exchange market mechanisms, and making institutional arrangements for governance, all conducive to energy efficient power pools.  The final report is being processed for dissemination. 

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Ramesh Anand Vaidya
Senior Advisor