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Power Sector Vision

Today, about 50 million Burmese, Cambodian and Lao people do not yet have access to reliable electricity in the Greater Mekong  region(Vietnam, Thailand,  Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR), which is dependent on hydro power, gas, and coal mainly. Each of the Mekong countries has a power development plan based mainly on large scale hydro power or coal power, or both. 
Greater Mekong countries have an opportunity to become leaders in clean, renewable electricity. Renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, water, geothermal, biomass, and ocean energy abound and there is an opportunity to leapfrog and embrace the best technologies now. But choices made in the coming months and years could lead to continued dominance of heavily polluting high carbon fossil fuel power generation, unsustainable hydropower projects or even to a dependence on risky and costly nuclear power.

The question is Can the region achieve a secure, sustainable power sector for all by 2050 by shifting away from plans based mainly on polluting fossil fuels, nuclear power and large hydro power to an energy efficient system built around clean and inexhaustible renewable energy?

In this context, WWF in cooperation with Intelligent Energy Systems (IES), an Australian consulting company, has elaborated the Power Sector Vision Report showing that another future is possible, where a diverse mix of renewable sources can meet nearly all of the region’s electricity demand for all by 2050.  The project was made possible with the generous support of the MAVA Foundation and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).


Contact Us

Pham Thi Cam Nhung (Ms.)
Project Manager, LCD
Tel: 84 4 37193049 Ext: 154
Fax: 84 4 37193048
Email: nhung.phamcam@wwfgreatermekong.org

A renewable energy future is significantly cheaper than a future based on coal and nuclear. 
Solar is already cheaper than coal in some countries of the Greater Mekong and will only get cheaper over time.

	© Adam Oswell / WWF
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