WWF Launches its Power Sector Vision for the Greater Mekong Subregion

WWF worked with Intelligent Energy Systems and partners across the region to develop the most ambitious and detailed analysis of the Greater Mekong Subregion's power sector vision to date. Based on detailed technical power systems modelling of the Greater Mekong subregion, IES developed a regional plan and specific country-level plans for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  The power sector vision sets out sensible, cost-effective solutions to some of the region’s most taxing energy problems. The goal of the work was to spur a regional and global debate, as well as lead the way for concrete actions, leading to an achievable, affordable renewable energy future in the Greater Mekong.

The reports include a Business as Usual scenario, a Sustainable Energy Scenario and a more ambitious Advanced Sustainable Energy Scenario. These scenarios demonstrate that it is technically and economically feasible to supply everyone in 2050 with the electricity they need, with at least 86 percent coming from renewable sources. Large hydropower would produce 11 percent of the electricity we need, and carbon emissions would be reduced by 85% to 100%. It would also mean that each Mekong country would produce at least 80 to 90% of its electricity at home, with local sources like wind, biomass or the sun.

Reports can be downloaded from: 

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/greatermekong/our_solutions/2050powersectorvision/

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