In January 2021, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources’ (ENR) Power Sector Program (PSP), in partnership with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), provided three pre-recorded webinars to the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV). These webinars focused on enhancing ERAV’s regulatory capacity to oversee power market reforms and grid modernization to advance the goals of the Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP), Mekong-U.S. Partnership (MUSP), and the Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy Initiative (Asia EDGE). The Webinar Series on Demand Side Management (DSM) & Demand Response (DR), Retail Market Competition, and Wholesale Market Optimization provided U.S. leading practices in power market development to support Vietnam’s competitive wholesale power market implementation, design of a competitive electricity retail market, and integration of variable renewable energy (VRE).  U.S. regulatory experts, including current and former U.S. Electricity Commissioners, shared experiences in DSM, DR, DER programs and implementation, system interconnection with the grid, and customer options for community-based renewable energy programs to assist ERAV in addressing system stability, energy efficiency, and options for clean energy in the face of rapidly expanding electricity demand.   The three webinars were also shared with Vietnam’s market and grid operator, that National Load Dispatch Center (NLDC), to help build NLDC institutional capacity on VRE integration and operating competitive power markets.


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