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19 July 2022, 12:00 - 16:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

1st Asia-Pacific Regulatory Forum on Power System Connectivity

Speaker presentations: Download presentations from below or at 'Event Document' menu

19th of July

Keynote remarks

Ms. Xiaowei Wei, Deputy Director General, National Energy Administration (NEA), China


Session 1: Regulatory collaboration on power sector issues across the region

  • Ms. Clara Poletti, Chair of the Board of Regulators, European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) Presentation
  • Mr. Kilisimasi Ma’asi, Chairperson, Office of Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance (OPERA) Presentation

Intervention by audience:

  • Ms. Agnes Koh, Deputy Director, Energy Market Authority (EMA) Singapore Presentation


Session 2: The role of regulation in facilitating the deployment and integration of energy storage solutions in the power sector

  • Mr. Bram Claeys, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) Presentation
  • Dr. Sushanta K. Chatterjee, Chief of Regulatory Affairs, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) Presentation


20th of July

Keynote remarks

Dr. Amro Farid Visiting Associate Professor, MIT Presentation

Session 1: Security implications of cross-border power sector connectivity

  • Mr. Mark Lauby, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Presentation
  • Dr. Poonpat Leesombatpiboon, Executive Director of International Affairs Division, Ministry of Energy, Thailand Presentation

Session 2: Low carbon fuels in power generation and connectivity

  • Dr. Dolf Gielen, Director, Innovation and Technology Centre, IRENA Presentation
  • Dr. Yongping Zhai, Senior Advisor in Strategy Development Department, Tencent Presentation



At the 77th Commission Session in 2021, UN ESCAP Member States endorsed the regional road map on power system connectivity.1 Among the nine strategies contained in this document is one that highlights regulatory harmonization as key to supporting sustainable power system integration across the region. Specifically:

• Strategy 4: coordinate, harmonize and institutionalize policy and regulatory frameworks

This strategy highlights the need to identify existing regulatory gaps, to develop common regulatory frameworks to support cross-border power trade, and to establish forums and associations to support regulatory collaboration in areas like harmonization, capacity building, and knowledge sharing.

Therefore, the first Forum invites energy regulators, representatives from government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders from ESCAP member States to share experiences supporting efforts to increase cross-border power sector connectivity and the energy transition more broadly. speakers from outside the region will also be invited to provide their perspectives on relevant regulatory challenges and how to overcome them, with a special focus on roles for energy regulators in regional collaboration.

Objectives and themes of the Forum:

The main objective was to improve dialogue and information sharing among energy regulators to increased collaboration across the Asia-Pacific on power sector connectivity. Against this background, participants in the 1st Asia-Pacific Regulatory Forum on Power System Connectivity discussed four main themes:

(1) The importance of regulatory collaboration in the power sector
(2) Integrating storage into power systems
(3) Security implications of cross-border power system integration
(4) The role of low-carbon fuels in power generation and connectivity

Expected Outcomes of the Meeting:

This forum is the first in a series of forums that UN ESCAP will organize on an annual basis. Regulators from across Asia-Pacific will be invited to form connections and collaborate with other regulators from across the region , and will gain insights into national regulatory questions through the experiences of regulators in other jurisdictions. The overall goal is to establish a regular Forum for regulators across the region to facilitate continued discussion and collaboration, in particular on topics related to achieving increased power sector connectivity in support of sustainable development.

Oragnization of the Meeting and Intervention:

Anyone are invited to express their interest in joining the Forum by registering via the following link:

To ensure all interested and relevant parties are afforded an opportunity to speak, we invite you to provide nominations for interventions. Nominations should include the name and title of the speaker, the session of interest, and a short 2 to 3 line description of the proposed intervention. We request that requests for interventions be made for senior staff only, head of section or above. Please send any nominations to [email protected] by June 15, 2022.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] and [email protected], with [email protected] on copy.



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