NEW YORK, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The governments of India,
Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines must improve transparency and
public participation in their electricity sectors to provide citizens with
affordable, reliable and clean energy, concludes a new report.
Empowering People: A Governance Analysis of Electricity examines the
decision-making processes leading to the design of and investment in
electricity infrastructure in Southeast Asia. More than $6.5 trillion of
investment is needed in the sector in developing countries by 2030. But
there are questions about how well efforts to privatize electricity
services have supported public interests and sustainable development
targets such as the Millennium Development Goals.
"More open planning and regulatory processes can help manage trade
offs, and allow for more investment in clean energy at affordable prices,"
said Smita Nakhooda of the World Resources Institute, one of the authors of
The report is part of the Electricity Governance Initiative, a global
partnership of non-governmental organizations engaged in national energy
policy debates. The data analyzed in the report was collected by a
partnership of 20 civil society organizations in the four countries.
Shantanu Dixit of Prayas Energy Group, and a co-author of the report,
noted, "The energy sector policies of today have focused on financial
viability and economic growth at the cost of neglecting institutions,
governance, equity and sustainability. Unless this major shortcoming is
addressed by promoting transparency, accountability and public
participation in the policy making and regulation, crisis in the
electricity sector can not be resolved."
The report was released today by the World Resources Institute at a
United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development side meeting,
featuring Mr. Hoetomo, Indonesia's Deputy Minister of Environmental
Compliance. Indonesia is pursuing a new "crash program" to develop 10,000
MW of power by 2010. As new companies enter the playing field, good
governance will be essential to prevent corruption, and ensure that viable
ABOUT THE ELECTRICITY GOVERNANCE INITIATIVE
The Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) is a collaboration of civil
society, policy-makers, regulators, and other electricity sector actors to
promote the open, transparent, and accountable decision-making processes
that are necessary to reach a socially and environmentally sustainable
energy future. The EGI is a joint undertaking of the World Resources
Institute and Prayas Energy Group (India). The National Institute of Public
Finance and Policy (India) was centrally involved in developing the EGI
indicator toolkit and implementing the assessments in Asia. EGI is a
partnership for sustainable development registered with the UN Commission
on Sustainable Development.
PRAYAS ENERGY GROUP
Prayas is a registered charitable trust based in Pune, India. Its
activities cover four substantive areas: health, energy, learning and
parenthood, and resources and livelihoods. Prayas engages in policy
analysis and advocacy in the electricity sector and capability-building of
institutions in civil society.
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nonprofit organization with a staff of more than 100 scientists,
economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts,
mapmakers, and communicators developing and promoting policies that will
help protect the Earth and improve people's lives.
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