Energy Working Group
A LEDS GP Working Group
The participants in the LEDS Collaboration in Action workshop in London that took place 20-23 March 2012 agreed to establish a LEDS Global Partnership Energy Sector Working Group. The working group builds on and complements ongoing initiatives and networks supporting low emissions development in the energy sector and facilitates information exchange and collaboration on low emissions development activities focused on the energy sector.
The working group serves as a hub for an energy sector network of country governments, multilateral institutions and non-governmental organizations that are involved energy sector activities to support development and implementation of low emissions development strategies. Worldwatch Institute is leading this platform in collaboration with NREL and the Clean Energy Solutions Center, the ClimateWorks Foundation, and the World Resources Institute, and with participation by a broad group of members.
The Energy Sector Working Group promotes low emissions development in the energy sector through a work program focused on learning and information exchange, sharing best practices, advisory services, and providing enhanced opportunities for coordination and collaboration. The working group seeks to assist countries in assisting countries in successfully developing low emissions climate-resilient energy strategies in partnership with the LEDS GP Regional Platforms and other working groups. The working group seeks to support sustainable energy solutions by countries that will both enable a transition to a low climate development path and that are resilient to the impacts of climate change.
In 2013 the EWG has been active in supporting the LEDS-GP Annual Meeting and the Asia LEDS Partnership Regional Meeting both in Pattaya, Thailand as well as the LEDS LAC Regional Meeting in Lima, Peru where the EWG hosted an energy deep-dive session. Additionally, the EWG is in discussion with representatives from the ACD-Soc to gauge interest in helping to organize an energy event at their upcoming regional meeting in February 2014. The final EWG call of 2013 was held on Thursday December 12th.
LEDS-GP Annual Meeting The EWG was active at the annual meeting in three separate segments. An Energy Sector break out session was held on Thursday, 28 February. The session featured an overview of the Platform’s planned activities and offered the opportunity to discuss current suggestions and possible additions to the work plan (attached), to set priorities amongst them, and to elaborate on how to strengthen the Platform’s role within the LEDS GP. In back-to-back Open Space sessions on Thursday, 28 February two main themes of the EWG were discussed: the development of the LEDS Sustainable Energy & Development World Atlas and the idea of a Small Islands States Energy Practitioners’ Coordination Network. Finally, the Working Session of the Energy Platform was held on Friday, 29 February. This important meeting of the Platform helped to synthesize the discussions from the week and was used to revise the draft work plan of the Platform and discuss point persons for individual activities.
Asia LEDS Partnership Regional Meeting
At the Asia LEDS Partnership Regional Meeting the EWG worked with event organizers ICF International on the design and implementation of an Energy Communities of Practice information and training session. The event, entitled “Communities of Practice: What exists? What’s needed?” was held on October 2 from 9:30-12:15. Alexander Ochs (Chair of the EWG) co-chaired the training session with Dr. S.S. Krishnan of CSTEP, who has since agreed to serve as the EWG Coordinator for Asia. The session brought together key international experts and regional energy sector leaders to highlight existing communities of practice available to Asian energy practitioners and identify additional needs for peer-to-peer services.
LEDS LAC Regional Meeting
The EWG executed an Energy Deep-dive Session on December 5th as part of the LEDS LAC Regional Platform 2nd annual meeting in Lima, Peru. The EWG collaborated with Ana-Maria Majano at the INCAE Business School to convene this session aimed at advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment in the LAC region. The deep-dive session was organized into two spate panels. The first panel featured detailed training on energy planning tools while the second panel looked to draw on the experiences of LAC policymakers from Uruguay, Peru, and Jamaica to provide insights into the development of innovative policy mechanisms—such as renewable energy auctions—that have spurred growth in the region. The discussion was co-chaired by Alexander Ochs (Chair of the EWG) and Ana-Maria Majano (Co-chair of LEDS LAC Platform and EWG member). The session was attended by representatives from around the region as well as a representative from the LEDS ACD-Soc.
Tools and Other Resources
In addition to the tools being presented at the LEDS LAC Energy Training Session the EWG is working to develop its own slate of available tools and resources. Two main components of the Group’s 2014 work plan are the development of the LEDS Energy & Development World Atlas and the execution of a EWG Webinar Series.
LEDS Energy & Development World Atlas
The interactive online LEDS Energy & Development World Atlas will showcase best practices in both policy and program development--including instances in which governments have effectively implemented market incentives for renewables, or places where organizations have successfully advanced solar rural electrification or energy efficiency—to a wide range of key stakeholders by highlighting the positive “real life impacts” of these efforts on local populations in both developing and industrialized nations. The Atlas will provide crucial information to important actors looking to maximize societal benefits. Insights from the Atlas will help to guide and encourage future policy and program development, while simultaneously presenting and communicating to the media and the general public a broader vision and understanding of global energy challenges and innovative new solutions
Energy LEDS Webinar SeriesThe Webinar Series will take place throughout 2014 and will support the mission and vision of the LEDS-GP by providing detailed information and trainings on successful low-emissions development planning tools, methodologies, programs, and policies being implemented around the world. The webinar series will allow experts from the Energy Working Group to present on the wide range of available mechanisms available to help policymakers, practitioners, and other key stakeholders successfully develop low-emissions energy strategies. The sessions will cover topics ranging from industrial and building efficiency, to renewable energy resource assessments, to LCOE modeling tools. The webinars will build off the successful training sessions organized by the EWG for the LEDS-GP regional platform meetings around the world.