U.S. ASEAN Energy Infrastructure Symposium
and Reverse Trade Mission
December 6-11, 2015, Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA
Tuatara Group team members developed the technical program for this Symposium and RTMs. The three-day RTM preceded the two-day Symposium and included two simultaneous tracks, with one focusing on power generation and another focusing on smart grid technologies for the electricity transmission and distribution sector.
The power generation RTM included meetings and site visits in Denver, CO where the delegation met with representatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Xcel Energy and the National Center for Atmospheric Research Center. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, delegates met with representatives from Calpine and toured one of the solar installations of the San Francisco Utilities Commission.
The smart grid RTM began in Los Angeles, CA where the delegation met with representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. UCLA's Smart Gris Energy Research Center (SMERC) and the LA Clean Tech Incubator. The delegation then traveled to Sacramento where they met with representatives of the California Energy Commission and the California Independent Service Operator. Next, the delegation traveled to San Francisco, CA where they toured the Pacific Gas and Electric Company's testing facility and General Electric's Digital Innovation Center.
The two-day technical Symposium took place in the San Francisco Bay Area and brought together 118 participants, including U.S. energy sector leaders, project sponsors and prospective U.S. partners in Southeast Asia. The Symposium highlighted priority energy infrastructure projects that ASEAN Member States are developing and included plenary and breakout sessions covering relevant topics such as financing, project development, grid modernization and power generation technologies, energy policy and regulatory frameworks. The agenda also included one-on-one meetings between ASEAN energy project sponsors and U.S. companies, as well as networking breaks and reception.
The Symposium and Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) focused on opportunities to strengthen the U.S.– ASEAN partnership through cooperation on renewable and cleaner energy, energy security and efficiency priorities. High level, decision-making delegates and relevant U.S. public and private sector experts were connected to encourage support for the energy infrastructure priority projects. this sector is an important area for U.S. commercial engagement with ASEAN as the region continues to modernize its energy infrastructure and incorporate renewable resources such as solar, wind and geothermal power, as well as unconventional gas.