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Energy Working Group

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.

LEDS GP Flyer-Energy WG 20140808.pdf
LEDS EWG Pamphlet


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.

For more information on the event please see the attached agenda

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.

For more information on the event please see the attached agenda.

Tools and Other Resources

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 Series

The 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.

News and Events


LEDS GP Energy Working Group Webinar:Energy LEDS in Asia and Experiences from Thailand

October 29th 12:00 ICT (Thailand)

View Video Presentation Here: Energy LEDS in Asia and Experiences from Thailand

The Asia Regional Platform and the Energy Working Group (EWG) join to host a webinar on the development of low-emission energy programs in Asia. Joined by S.S. Krishnan from the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy in India and Beni Suryadi from the ASEAN Centre for Energy, the webinar will offer a broad overview of the recent trends in clean energy development across Asia, examining the progress of clean energy policies, programs, and targets. Dr. Bundit Limmeechokchai from Thammasat University will also present an in-depth case study on Thailand’s progress, highlighting the policies and mechanisms recently employed to increase the country’s energy independence and reduce its carbon emissions. This segment will examine how Thailand’s clean energy strategies fit in the context of the country’s national energy and climate targets, and also offer insight on the major lessons learned from Thailand’s programs, including how barriers and challenges were overcome throughout the process.

View the Presentations: Key Energy Developments in Asia Final Presentation.pdf

10 April 2014 Webinar Best Practices in Gathering and Using Energy Data for LEDS Development

View Video Presentation Here: Best Practices in Gathering and Using Energy Data for LEDS Development

Accessible, reliable, and up-to-date data is a critical factor in Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) energy planning. Unfortunately, policymakers often struggle with significant data gaps. This webinar will present an overview of the importance of energy data collection, best practices, and strategies for linking data collection and LEDS development processes. This is the first of a series of webinars organized by the LEDS GP Energy Working Group. The webinar series features insights and experiences drawn from the Energy Working Group's diverse membership.

REN21 is a global leader in compiling, analyzing, and disseminating renewable energy data and information. REN21's flagship publication, the annual Renewables Global Status Report, relies on a network of over 500 expert contributors from around the world. Based on this extensive experience, REN21 is well positioned to provide valuable insights into data collection and use.

This information will be supplemented with a case study of ECREEE's experience collecting and synthesizing data from 15 member states in West Africa. ECREEE is a specialized agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) whose mandate is the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency; it counts policy making, capacity building, and investment initiatives among its activities. ECREEE officials will provide insights into their successes and challenges in data collection as well as an overview of how this process was linked to the development of regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion policies. This webinar session will feature the following distinguished panelists:

  • Alexander Ochs, Worldwatch Institute
  • Laura Williamson, REN21
  • Eder Semedo, ECREEE
  • Nicola Bugatti, ECREEE.