The 26th ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) Council Meeting was held at Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel, Petchburi, Thailand on 2nd July 2010. The meeting was preceded by the 12th HAPUA Working Committee Meeting held during 30th June 2010 and 1st July 2010.

The 26th HAPUA Council Meeting was officially opened by H.E. Mr. Wannarat Channukul, Minister of Energy, Thailand and was attended by delegates from nine ASEAN member countries i.e. Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Delegates from Brunei Darussalam were absent with apology. Representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat were also in attendance.

Governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was elected the new Chairman of the HAPUA Council, and Mr. Tri Quang Dinh, Vice President of Vietnam Electricity (EVN), the new Vice Chairman.

The HAPUA Council discussed and deliberated on the following issues:

a.        ASEAN Community acknowledged the adverse impact of climate change and global warming which raised the need for ASEAN member countries to shift the paradigm towards green energy and low carbon growth, and to promote a more determined cooperation in green energy investment, especially in renewable energy and new energy sources.

The meeting highlighted that ASEAN was to pursue energy policies and strategies, striking a balance among energy security, economic and social development, and environmental protection in order to ensure both energy security and sustainable development.

 The HAPUA Council reiterated the significance of ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) to accelerate the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency since the use of conventional fuels produced green house gasses which contribute greatly to climate change and global warming.

b.        Reports on progress of projects under eight HAPUA Working Groups were presented in the meeting; in particular, the progress of ASEAN Interconnection Master Plan Study II (AIMS – II) under HAPUA Working Group No. 2 – Transmission, led by EGAT. According to the study, when the project is implemented, ASEAN will optimize the indigenous energy source and enhance the energy security among the member countries and be able to save a substantial amount of generation investments and fuel costs.

c.        The HAPUA Council recommends that ASEAN governments accelerate the promotion of clean coal technology and the development of nuclear power as an energy option to meet future electricity demand in the region.

d.         In order to meet the goals of the ASEAN Power Grid, the HAPUA Council recommends that ASEAN come up with guidelines on: (1) ensuring reliability of operation, performance and safety standards and procedures in generation and transmission of electricity in any future interconnection; (2) model framework for tax, tariffs and customs laws that may be applied to the sale and transmission of electricity between the contracting member countries; (3) investment sources for the bilateral interconnection among the ASEAN member countries; and (4) effective enforcement of Bilateral Interconnection Agreements between the contracting member countries.

The HAPUA Council agreed that the 27th HAPUA Council meeting shall be hosted by Vietnam in Da Nang City in July 2011.

The 26th HAPUA Council Meeting was successfully held in the true spirit of ASEAN cooperation and solidarity.

Hua Hin, Thailand
July 2nd, 2010