3rd Meeting of the Energy Resiliency Task Force (ERTF3)

  • Highlights of the Third Meeting of the Energy Resiliency Task Force (ERTF3)

     

    • The 3rd Meeting of the Energy Resiliency Task Force was held on October 18, 2016 at the margins of EWG52.

     

    • Message from the Chair:

     

    The ERTF Co-Chair, Director Mario C. Marasigan of the Philippines acknowledged the support of the Host Member Economy, Russia, in including the meeting as part of EWG52 and its associated meetings.

     

    He noted that with the Task Force’s initial effort of coming up with the Terms of Reference and Implementation Plan, the ERTF is clearly guided to pursue its mandate from the Energy Ministers, which is “to follow-up and implement instructions to move towards an energy resilient APEC community”.  [1]He also mentioned that the activities of the three work streams of the ERTF are opportunities for cross-fora collaboration with other relevant EWG subgroups and APEC working groups to achieve convergence, harmonization and complementary initiatives. He also made a call for volunteer economies to take the lead in the two work streams of the ERTF: Strengthening Resilience and Grid Resilience. The US has already volunteered to take the lead in the Energy and Water Nexus work stream.

     

    • Updates on their energy resiliency related initiatives of member economies

    The Philippines shared the output of its APEC Project, Workshop on Improving Energy Resiliency in Off-grid Areas which was held in Boracay, Aklan Philippines in June 2016.  The main deliverable of the project is a set of Guidelines on Improving Energy Resiliency in Off-Grid Areas. The preparatory activities for the workshop started in January 2016 through a series of surveys, consultations, workshops, and framework drafting to ensure participation and capture the inputs of member economies to the extent possible.

     

    The workshop was attended by representatives from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and China.  Speakers from the European Union, International Energy Agency, World Bank and the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre shared lessons learned and best practices in improving energy resiliency in off-grid areas.   Also present in the workshop were local representatives from the PH DOE and other relevant agencies and institutions of the Philippine government.

     

    The Guidelines focus on four major areas of enabling mechanisms and two special concerns. The enabling mechanisms include policies and regulations, programs and projects, institutional arrangements, and financing. The special concerns cover energy and water nexus and the role of women in developing energy resiliency.

     

    As a way forward, the Philippines thanked the APEC Secretariat for its guidance and support to address the challenges encountered in the process of organizing the workshop. The draft Guidelines will be circulated  for one last round of comments through the APEC Secretariat.  Finally, the Philippines said that Guidelines may be modified by member economies to suit their respective individual circumstances.

     

    Singapore briefly discussed its concept note on Energy Resiliency Workforce Capability Building, which it plans to conduct at the margins of EWG53.  Singapore will host EWG 53 in 2017. The said workshop will provide a platform for discussion to support APEC economies in addressing the key challenges faced in workforce resilience, such as attracting and retaining talent, and developing a set of best practice guidelines specifically for workforce resilience in the energy sector. Experts of member economies, institutions and developers will be invited to share policies, experiences and best practices from multiple perspectives.

     

    China provided an update on the progress of its Project on Developing Solar-Powered Emergency Shelter Solutions (SPESS) as an Energy Resilience Tool for Natural Disaster Relief in the APEC Community.  The Project has two main components: the SPESS workshop and the SPESS Open Innovation Competition.

     

    The first SPESS workshop was held July 28 to 29, 2016 in Tianjin, China where 10 member economies discussed SPESS, shared information and best practices.  The mechanics and details of the Open Innovation Competition are now available on the APEC website, the contents of which are as follows: Introduction on the SPESS, Current Practices of Post-Disaster Emergency Shelters in 10 member economies, Case studies of 8 solar-powered emergency solutions, and the SPESS competition.  The Competition will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016.

     

    Japan reported on the results of workshops conducted for its Project on Initiative for Enhancing the Quality of Power Infrastructure.  The Guidelines document, which was the main deliverable of the Project, was endorsed by EWG members in October 2016. It consists of five parts essentially divided into the definition of “quality” and the factors to be considered in ensuring the quality of infrastructure of power from the feasibility stage to planning, construction and operation phases. The six components of quality power infrastructure correspond to the basic framework of energy policy, namely: energy security, environment, economic efficiency and safety.

     

    New Zealand highlighted its IEA In Depth Energy Policy Review.     In summary, the IEA review found that the resilience of the NZ power system was improving due to market mechanisms such as the system operator’s demand response program and the decision to keep the 1000 MW thermal station open until 2022, which was previously scheduled to close in 2018. The report was released in February 2017 and New Zealand is expected to provide insights at EWG 53 in Singapore.

    The IEA expressed its continued support to the ERTF, particularly mapping the baseline         for energy resiliency and sharing related experiences, lessons learned, and best       practices.  Under a Joint Statement of Intent, the EWG and IEA collaborate on various    areas of energy concern that include energy resilience.

     

    • The new Lead Shepherd again emphasized the importance of collaborating with other fora either within or outside the EWG. He also mentioned the relevance of coordinating with the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, in particular.

     

    • In response to the call by the new Lead Shepherd to firm up plans and programs of the Experts Groups and Task Forces for implementation in 2017, the Chair encouraged member economies to continuously coordinate with the USA and the Philippines to convey possible initiatives under the ERTF. There is a need to reflect and revisit the Instructions of the Energy Ministers during the 12th Energy Ministers Meeting to the ERTF to determine our level of progress.

     

    • There were no other matters tabled in the agenda.

     

    • After reiterating his thanks to all, the Chair called for the adjournment of the Meeting.

     

     

     

     

     

    [1] Instructions from APEC Energy Ministers 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting Cebu, Philippines