Electricity Futures in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Towards Sustainability, Inclusive Development, and Conflict Resolution
International energy markets are seeing a wave of innovations and the rise of new ideas and values, and the emerging economies of the Mekong sub-region should not be left behind. This report focuses on the electricity future of Myanmar and the Greater Mekong Subregion, emphasising rural electrification through renewable power generation by means of mini-grids as well as central-grid capacity expansion through sustainable power options. It analyses the current energy situation, including constraints in the region during this transitional stage, and proposes tangible policy recommendations that work towards energy security, environmental protection, and climate change mitigation. It recommends Myanmar takes advantage of the falling cost of solar electricity by making it a strategic priority in its power development plan; devises appropriate financial support schemes and power purchase agreements to be provided to mini-grid developers as well as operators; actively participates in the regional power grid to expand its access to electricity and meet rising urban power demand; and minimises environmental and societal risks.