The Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) in Lao PDR is an activity under the USAID Clean Power Asia project.

Clean Power Asia is a multi-year initiative designed to mobilise investment and promote the development of clean energy projects in Southeast Asia. It is being implemented by Abt Associates, under which SEI is a subcontractor for a number of planning and capacity building activities.

SEI’s two most significant activities under the project fall into two different themes, related to gender and energy, respectively. SEI is undertaking a gender strategy assessment by surveying renewable energy sectors in Lower Mekong countries to assess gender equality issues, and to make recommendations for promoting gender equality and responsiveness within the energy planning process. SEI is also executing a number of activities designed to identify priority areas for technical assistance and capacity building needs in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand.

Among these activities, the largest is the development and execution of a program of capacity building on Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) in Lao PDR. Over a period of twenty months, SEI will work closely with the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and Électricité du Laos (EDL) to deliver the program, which is aimed at guiding a core group of participants from these institutions through an IRRP process. The work will feature a number of tasks and missions focused on devising low-regrets power development pathways: development plans that best satisfy a range of planning objectives given multiple uncertainties and possible futures. The analytical framework for the analysis and capacity building will be SEI’s Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system (LEAP) platform, which will be enhanced in key areas to provide planners with a complete toolkit designed specifically around the IRRP process.