The opportunity for cross-border power connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region is significant, and there are numerous examples across Asia and the Pacific of efforts to increase cross-border power system connectivity. These include the ASEAN Power Grid, the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration, and the North-East Asia Power System Integration programme. These efforts, however, remain primarily in the development stage. Cross-border power system infrastructure continues to be developed on a primarily bilateral basis; while there some pilot projects to develop multilateral power trading, in contrast to other parts of the world, there are no regional power pools.

ESCAP’s 2022 Regional Trends Report examines the role of power system connectivity in attaining the energy transition. It presents the current status of sustainable development and regional power connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, pointing out progress and prospects; and it provides insights into where action is most needed, highlighting regional and non-regional examples of successful approaches. The report also discusses challenges to cooperation and cross-border power connectivity and addresses relevant cross-cutting and emerging issues.

Download the Regional Trends Report 2022 “Toward Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific: Status, Trends and Opportunities” here