Analysis: Vietnam’s leadership flex shows how to drive electricity reform

The role of commercial and industrial clean energy demand in Vietnam’s power sector

Renewable Energy in Manufacturing

by Rachel Posner Ross and Evan Scandling


At a time when Vietnam’s electricity demand is surging in response to commercial, industrial, and population growth, a common concern has emerged that rising economic activity will shift carbon emissions from China and other manufacturing hubs to Vietnam. However, our experience through the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) initiative in Vietnam indicates that private-sector demand for renewables has the potential to overcome policy barriers and catalyze significant scaling up of clean energy deployment in emerging markets. Vietnam’s 2019-2020 rooftop solar boom and anticipated surge in wind and solar virtual power purchase agreements for corporate offtakers in 2020 and beyond are the results of public-private collaboration on issues that simultaneously advance government and private-sector interests, offering important lessons for other markets in pursuit of sustainable development.


Vietnam is a developing economy with a population of nearly 100 million and annual GDP growth of 6 to 7 percent, making it one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, which has been true for decades. Foreign direct investment (FDI) was close to $18 billion in 2018, which accounted for approximately 24 percent of total investment in the economy.1 More than 10,000 foreign companies are estimated to operate or have supply chain manufacturing in Vietnam, including many of the world’s largest companies from a variety of sectors.2 For decades, Vietnam has been home to labor-intensive industries such as apparel and footwear production. Many of the world’s

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Covid-19 Reveals Critical Flaw In European Power Systems – Lack Of Flexibility

Wood Mackenzie

Coronavirus had a sudden and dramatic negative impact on power demand, which fell by 20% in the UK during the lockdown period with similar drops across Europe. Coronavirus power demand destruction has given us a glimpse into the future when variable renewable energy (VRE: wind and solar) makes up a higher proportion of power supply. At current levels, the power system lacks the flexibility to support this variability: the bigger the share of VRE in a system, the greater the challenge.
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Vietnam coal consumption growth among world’s fastest

By Dat Nguyen   July 20, 2020 | 05:52 pm GMT+7

Vietnam coal consumption growth among world’s fastest

Workers pick out gravel from coal at a coal port in Hanoi. Photo by Reuters/Kham.

Vietnam posted the highest growth in coal consumption among the top 10 global consumers last year, a report found.

The country consumed 2.07 exajoules of electricity from coal last year, up 30.2 percent year-on-year, according to the “BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020” report by energy firm BP.

ENERGYSOURCE | ISSUE 22 06 FEB 2020LNG contracting: Recent trends and the outlook for 2020

Technology to impact the future of LNG – Deloitte

Apr 01, 2019, 3 min read, pipeline

What will the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market of tomorrow look like? Today, a number of newer business models have emerged due to rapidly changing dynamics that have impacted the market, including increasing resource availability, new technologies and new sources of demand.

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The impact of COVID-19 on the energy transition

Jul 06, 2020 6 min read, pipeline 

By: Sverre Alvik, Energy Transition Program Director, DNV GL

The coronavirus pandemic will have a dramatic impact on energy supply and demand in the short term and will have lasting impacts once the pandemic dissipates. However, that will in itself do little to advance the world’s progress towards the Paris climate ambitions.

Energy use is strongly linked to economic activity, which has, and will continue to be, significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic: Our energy forecast is predicated on IMF’s longer outbreak scenario, where World GDP will shrink 6 per cent in 2020. The lingering effects of the pandemic will take the wind out of the sails of the world economy for many years – reducing World GDP in 2050 by 9 per cent, relative to pre-pandemic forecasts. Even with slower growth, however, by mid-century the world economy will still be twice its size today. In contrast, energy demand will not grow. In 2050, it will be about the same as it is today, in spite of a larger population and world economy. This is largely due to significant improvements in energy intensity, but also due to the effects of COVID-19.

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LNG Projects Have Stalled. A New Business Model Could Help

by Chris Ross, Executive Professor, Finance, University of Houston and Justin Varghese, MBA Candidate, Bauer College of Business

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) developers and natural gas producers have depended on third parties to create demand for their product. In recent years, LNG market prices have dropped in response to a surge in supplies and roughly two million tons of LNG contracts are set to expire in the next 10 years. Promising new LNG projects cannot be financed and have stalled. Tiếp tục đọc “LNG Projects Have Stalled. A New Business Model Could Help”

PM asks to manage solar power projects for national security

Update: June, 20/2020 – 08:40 vns

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A solar power plant in Ninh Thuận Province. At present, more than 30 provinces and cities nationwide have solar power projects. —VNA/VNS Photo Ngọc Hà

HÀ NỘI — The Prime Minister has requested the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) propose suitable management solutions for solar power projects to ensure national security.

The Government Office has released this PM direction on this issue for the MPI, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and relevant agencies after local media has reported that a Thai investor has acquired solar power projects in Bình Phước. Tiếp tục đọc “PM asks to manage solar power projects for national security”

Vietnam yet to optimize renewable energy utilization as shortages loom

By Dat Nguyen   July 8, 2020 | 08:22 am GMT+7 VNExpress

Vietnam yet to optimize renewable energy utilization as shortages loom

Wind turbines in Bac Lieu Province, southern Vietnam. Photo by Shutterstock/Quang nguyen vinh.

Vietnam is struggling to fully utilize the potential of renewable energy because of policy roadblocks even though power shortages are expected in upcoming years. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam yet to optimize renewable energy utilization as shortages loom”

Vietnam might reconsider nuclear power

Monday, July 20, 2020, 15:26 GMT+7 tuoitre
Vietnam might reconsider nuclear power
The land earlier zoned for the Ninh Thuan 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Thuan Nam District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Minh Tran / Tuoi Tre

Restarting Vietnam’s nuclear power projects, which have been suspended since 2016 for economic reasons, is one of the options to be considered as the country seeks to ensure energy security after 2035.

The Institute of Energy, on behalf of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, is drafting a master plan for the country’s electricity development between 2021 and 2030, looking toward 2045. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam might reconsider nuclear power”

NREL Research Points to Strategies for Recycling of Solar Panels

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed could total 80 million metric tons by 2050. In addition to quantity, the nature of the waste also poses challenges. PV modules are made of valuable, precious, critical, and toxic materials. There is currently no standard for how to recycle the valuable ones and mitigate the toxic ones.

Numerous articles review individual options for PV recycling but, until now, no one has done a global assessment of all PV recycling efforts to identify the most promising approaches.

“PV is a major part of the energy transition,” said Garvin Heath, a senior scientist at NREL who specializes in sustainability science. “We must be good stewards of these materials and develop a circular economy for PV modules.”
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