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3011, 2016

(30 November 2016) AESC and Collaborators Organised the Deliberative Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic Development in Hong Kong: Prospects and Policy Challenges and Hong Kong Solar Map Soft Launch

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

The Deliberative Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic Development in Hong Kong: Prospects and Policy Challenges on 4-5 November, 2016 The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC), together with the Department of Geography and Centre for Geo-Computational Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong, the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, and the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong organised the two, half-day Deliberative Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Development in Hong Kong: Prospects and Policy Challenges on 4-5 November, 2016. This workshop invited about 60 participants. They consisted of potential solar PV adopters such as village house owners, sampled Hong Kong citizens, and commercial and institutional representatives from utility companies, energy service companies, developers, hotels, airline companies, and consultancies. Professor Raymond So Wai-Man, Chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee of the HKSAR Government and event moderator of this deliberative workshop conducted the introductory remarks, officially kicking off the workshop on Friday, 4 November, 2016. Prof. Raymond So Wai-Man, Chairman of Energy Advisory Committee of the HKSAR Government and Event Moderator, welcomed participants to the deliberative workshop on Friday, 4 November, 2016. “Your inputs will not only help shape Hong Kong’s energy future, providing invaluable opinions and raising critical questions on Hong Kong’s solar PV opportunities as well as policy challenges, but they matter and are of great importance to the Government and relevant stakeholders in charting out Hong Kong’s solar PV policies.” Professor Raymond So Wai-Man Chairman, Energy Advisory Committee, HKSAR Government Dean of School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University Event Moderator This unique workshop adopted Deliberative Polling, an innovative deliberative participation method trademarked by Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy. Deliberative Polling aims to empower engaged and informed participants to take a proactive role in clarifying and debating key issues on matters of public importance. Its key elements include small group sessions, Q &A session with a balanced panel of experts, and a plenary session, as well as questionnaires for participants prior to and after deliberation. Prior to the workshop, participants were interviewed and provided a briefing document. At the small groups and expert Q&A sessions of the workshop, participants shared their views, and debated and clarified key issues and policies critical to solar PV deployment. Key issues discussed included Hong Kong’s solar potential, technical challenges such as grid connection and stability, tariff impact and costs, and policies and regulations. (Top left): Group A participants representing potential solar PV adopters discussed among each other during a small group session; (top right): two participants during coffee break; (bottom left): expert panellists and participants at the plenary and interactive session; (bottom right): C. W. Cheung, Senior Head of Climate and Footprint Programmes from World Wild Fund for Nature Hong Kong with Prashant Vaze, one of the workshop expert panellists and Chief Planning and Trade Practices Officer from Consumer Council. Click edit button to change this text. Deliberative Workshop on Friday, 4 November, 2016 (left). (Top): Group A representing potential solar PV adopters in a small group session; (top left): expert Q&A session; (top center): a Group C participant representing commercial and institutional stakeholders shared his group’s solar PV policy roadmap vision for Hong Kong in the plenary session (top right).   Deliberative Workshop on Saturday, 5 November, 2016 (bottom). (Bottomright): Group B representing Hong Kong citizens in a small group session; (bottom center): Group C representing Commercial and Institutional stakeholders in a small group session; (bottom right): a Group A participant representing potential solar PV adopters shared her group’s solar PV policy roadmap vision for Hong Kong in the Plenary Session. Participants also discussed five possible policies for solar PV development in Hong Kong: feed-in tariff, net metering, solar leasing, renewable energy certificates, and renewable energy bonds. The expert Q & A session provided opportunities for participants to raise important questions to expert panellists based on their respective small group discussions. Featured expert panellists represented diverse opinions and expertise in energy and sustainability in Hong Kong. Expert panellists included Prof. Michael Leung from City University of Hong Kong, Mr. Prashant Vaze and Dr. Victor Hung from Consumer Council, Mr. Stephen Chan from CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd, Mr. T. C. Yee from Hong Kong Electric, Mr. William Leung from W3 Corporate Ltd, and Ir. Albert Lai from Carbon Care Asia. Near the end of the workshop, participants from respective small groups shared and interacted with expert panellists on their group’s visions of Hong Kong’s solar PV policy roadmap in the coming years. Participants completed workshop questionnaires which are to be used to assess any attitude change after deliberation. The discussions, expressed views and questionnaire findings will be made available and disseminated to officials at the Environment Bureau in the HKSAR Government and other relevant stakeholders for the planning of Hong Kong’s solar PV policies in the future. Project developments and knowledge dissemination after workshop, as well as find the briefing document, questionnaire findings, videos and photos can be found on the event page once they are available: http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/events/solar-workshop-hk (For English, please click here: http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/events/solar-workshop-hk-en). Soft Launch of the Hong Kong Solar Map The organisers also conducted a soft launch of the Hong Kong Solar Map on both workshop days. Using this map, participants learned about and had the opportunity to estimate the solar PV electricity generation potential of building rooftop areas or open spaces in Hong Kong. You can access the Hong Kong Solar Map by clicking here: http://digital.lib.hkbu.edu.hk/solarmap/ Acknowledgements This event would not have been made possible without the generous funding from Greenpeace East Asia and World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong. AESC would also like to acknowledge Hong Kong Baptist University Library for providing invaluable assistance and funding through the Digital Scholarship Grant in making the Hong Kong Solar Map a reality, Hong Kong Baptist University’s Research Committee for funding support on human resources, and Civic Exchange as a supporting organisation. About AESC AESC aims to promote informed energy decision-making, and improve energy policies in the Asian region including Hong Kong, by creating new knowledge, providing practical policy recommendations, promoting knowledge exchange and facilitating stakeholder engagement. AESC is committed to bringing together relevant stakeholders to discuss policy developments and challenges of new and renewable energy options for a more sustainable energy future in Hong Kong.   To learn more about AESC and its most recent works, please visit: http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/.        

310, 2016

Dr. Sopitsuda Tongsopit Shares About Thailand’s Solar PV Development and Prospects in Hong Kong as a Visiting Research Fellow – 14 September 2016

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Dr. Sopitsuda Tongsopit, a researcher from Chulalongkorn University based in Bangkok, Thailand, was appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) from 9 to 14th September, 2016. (12th September) 20 Gigawatts in 20 Years: People’s Deliberation through Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiative at Energy Research Seminar No. 6 As one of the main contributors of Thailand’s Solar PV Roadmap Initiative, Dr. Tongsopit described the major processes and outcomes of this 2 year deliberative initative at Seminar No. 6 of the Energy Research Seminar Series. This initiative consisted of a series of seminars and workshops with leading experts, business representatives, government officials, and other relevant stakeholders in Thailand, where they deliberated over the vision and scenarios and identified the benefits and barriers on the path of the country’s solar PV development. Representatives from utility companies, consultancy firms, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and academia attended this seminar. A diverse audience attended Dr. Tongsopit’s seminar on “20 Gigawatts of Solar PV in 20 Years in Thailand” on 12th September, 2016. (13th September) ASEAN Energy Security and Low-Carbon Energy Transition, Major Global Solar PV Trends and Emerging Solar PV Developments in Thailand: The Guest Lecture in the Energy, Environment and Sustainability course Dr. Tongsopit presented to over 40 students in the guest lecture in the course on “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability” on 13th September, 2016. Dr. Tongsopit delivered a stimulating guest lecture to over 40 students in the introductory course, “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability”. First, she presented an overview of the importance of energy security and difficulty in moving towards a low-carbon energy transition for ASEAN (Association for South East Asian Nations) countries. And second, she discussed some of the major global solar PV trends, and made reference to the case of emerging solar PV developments and business models in Thailand. About AESC and the Visiting Research Fellowship Program AESC is a university-supported Category-II research centre based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University, and aims to be an internationally recognised hub for sustainable energy studies on the Asian region. To learn more about AESC and the Visiting Research Fellowship program, please visit http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/.

1101, 2016

Scholars from the Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission Gave a Seminar on the 13th Five-Year Plan on Energy Development and Shared Collaborative Research Experiences with Researchers at the Asian Energy Studies Centre – December 17, 2015

January 11th, 2016|0 Comments

December 17, 2015 The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) held a full day of events, featuring a public seminar and an internal research meeting between scholars from the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (ERI) and AESC research fellows. These events strengthened AESC’s role as a hub for sustainable energy research on the Asian region, with emphasis on China’s emerging practices and developments in coming years and decades. More than 30 people attended Prof. Dan Yande’s public seminar on “The 13th Five-Year Energy Plan: Challenges and Prospects”. Public Seminar Prof. Dai Yande, ERI deputy director and research professor, spoke on the “13th Five-Year Plan on Energy Development: Challenges and Prospects” at Seminar No. 4 of the Energy Research Seminar Series. More than 30 people from utility companies, consultancy firms, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and academia attended this seminar. Prof. Dai argued that the monumental challenges China currently faces such as the degradation of land, air, and water, will fundamentally need to be solved through low-carbon energy development. The 13th Five-Year Plan in Energy Development would set targets that will eventually facilitate China’s transition to sustainable development towards 2050, and begin to address the forecasted increases in energy demand, while at the same time drastically reduce energy intensity and spur economy growth.   Prof. Dai Yande from the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission presented on “The 13th Five-Year Energy Plan: Challenges and Prospects”. Internal Research Meeting Scholars from ERI and AESC’s research fellows showcased their respective research projects and discussed potential opportunities for future collaboration on sustainable energy research. Potential projects would be further developed into proposal applications to be submitted in early to mid-2016. This meeting and potential partnership is a major development in AESC and HKBU’s research networks in sustainable energy research in China and on the Asia region. To learn more about AESC, please visit http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/.

1311, 2015

The Asian Energy Studies Centre organised The First Asian Energy Conference and a series of energy events on the week of November 2-5th, 2015

November 13th, 2015|0 Comments

On the week of November 2-5th, 2015, the Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC), together with the Department of Geography, organised a series of energy-related events at Hong Kong Baptist University. These events strengthened AESC’s global research network, brought the latest research insights and solutions in moving towards a sustainable energy future for Asia, including Hong Kong. These events have also strengthened the role of AESC as an increasingly recognised hub for sustainable energy studies on the Asian region.   The First Asian Energy Conference: Smart Grids, Sustainability Transition, and Innovation in Governance (Nov 2) The first event, “The First Asian Energy Conference: Smart Grids, Sustainability Transition, and Innovation in Governance” happened on November 2nd. The Conference aimed to provide a forum for academics to share new policy and governance practices of smart grid development from Asian perspectives. Prof. Rikiya Abe from the University of Tokyo and Digital Grid Consortium, presented his keynote “The Realisation of the ‘Internet of Energy’ in Japan: Challenges and Prospects”. Panel discussion with keynote presenters and speakers (left to right: Prof. Elizabeth Wilson, Prof. Rikiya Abe, Dr. Alice Siu, Mr. Chan-Kook Park, Prof. Kenji Tanaka). Mr. Chan-Kook Park from the Korean Energy Economics Institute presented on the “Factors Enhancing Smart Grid Consumer Engagement”. Keynote speakers included Prof. Rikiya Abe from The University of Tokyo and Dr. Alice Siu from the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, and other speakers included scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, and other parts of Asia, including Hong Kong. About 50 people from utility companies, businesses, academia, NGOs, consulates, consultants, and HKBU and other local universities participated in various sessions of the Conference. This Conference was sponsored by Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University. Supporting Organisations included the Kadoorie Institute at The University of Hong Kong, and the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. “…I applaud AESC for being a catalyst to bring many people of many and diverse training and skills together…to address some of the most critical energy issues and challenges of our time. Stakeholders from academia, industry, policy, and the NGO sector can share, can listen, and I am sure, can learn.” Welcoming Remarks by Prof. Adrian Bailey, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Post-Conference Internal Research Meeting (Nov 3) Internal research meeting with scholars from around the world. Speakers and members of the organising committee of The First Asian Energy Conference, as well as other scholars, gathered for the Post-Conference Internal Research Meeting on November 3rd to discuss areas of collaboration and develop potential research plans.   Energy Research Seminar Series: Seminars No. 1-3 (Nov 3-5) Speakers from the US, South Korea, and the Netherlands presented on various energy topics, ranging from wind energy, nuclear power, to domestic energy consumption at the energy research seminar series from November 3rd to 5th. The aim of the seminar series is facilitate discussion and ideas exchange among different stakeholders to promote a sustainable energy future in Hong Kong. These global experiences were valuable because they provided further insights on how Hong Kong could move forward from the perspectives of grid operations, municipal energy policies, and households. Supporting Organisations of this seminar series included Civic Exchange, Friends of the Earth (HK), and World Wildlife Fund (HK).   Prof. Elizabeth Wilson, University of Minnesota, presented on the topic “Integrating Big Wind into the Electricity Grid: Transmission, Reliability, and Markets in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator”. Dr. Taedong Lee, Yonsei University presented on the topic “An experiment for urban energy autonomy in Seoul: The One ‘Less’ Nuclear Power Plant Policy”. Mr. Robin Smale, Wagningen University presented on the topic “Domestic energy consumption in perspective”. Platform for Sustainable Energy Studies: Cultivating a New Focus of Interdisciplinary Research at Hong Kong Baptist University Internal research meeting with scholars from around the world. As a newly emerging centre for research excellence in sustainable energy studies, AESC aims to provide a collaborative platform for cultivating interdisciplinary research with particular focus from the perspectives of governance in the Asian context. This fits well within Hong Kong Baptist University’s Vision 2020 Strategic Theme No. 5 which aims to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research. AESC will continue its mission serving at such capacity and to be a catalyst to meet HKBU’s long-term goals, aspiring to make significant academic impact in the years to come. For more details about AESC, please visit http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/.

1609, 2015

Two Recently Published Working Papers: Smart Grid Business Model Development and Potential of RE Certificate Systems between Hong Kong-Guangdong

September 16th, 2015|0 Comments

AESC is pleased to announce that two recent working papers were published in June 2015: Mah, D. (2015), “The development of smart grid business models: A theoretical perspective and research agendas”, Asian Energy Studies Centre’s Working Paper No. 14, Hong Kong: Asian Energy Studies Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University. This working paper outlines major theoretical concepts associated with SG business models, with support from some empirical case examples. It further discusses future research agendas that emerge from the dynamism of the SG landscape. Chan, Y. M. & Mah, D. (2015), “Regional Renewable Energy Certificate Systems: An International Review and Policy Implications for the Hong Kong-Guangdong Region”, Asian Energy Studies Centre’s Working Paper No. 13, Hong Kong: Asian Energy Studies Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University. This working paper aims to examine the potential benefits for setting up a regional renewable energy certificate system between Hong Kong and the Chinese province of Guangdong from the perspective of regional collaboration. Please check out our latest working papers (click here). -AESC Staff

1609, 2015

AESC Organises the First Asian Energy Conference (November 2, 2015)

September 16th, 2015|0 Comments

AESC is pleased to announce that AESC and the Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University will be organising the First Asian Energy Conference: Smart Grids, Sustainability Transition, and Innovation in Governance tentatively scheduled on November 2, 2015. This year’s theme is on smart grids. The aim of this Conference is to provide a forum for academics to share new policy and governance practices of smart grid deployment from Asian perspectives. It will contribute to a better understanding of governance, institutional, and political challenges underpinning smart grid deployments and help formulate policy recommendations for successful smart grid deployment. This Conference is unique in that it will feature speakers from around the world such as the US, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and the Netherlands who will share their experiences on smart grid developments worldwide and in Asia (to see featured speakers and topics, click here). Please see below for the Conference arrangements to date: Conference Time: The Conference begins at around 9:30 and is expected to end at around 18:00. Registration begins at 9:00 (refreshments will be served). Conference Venue: Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (Room 109*), Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, 55 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong *Room number to be confirmed by early October, 2015. Admission and Registration: Admission is free, but registration** is required. For registration, please visit the registration page (click here). Please note that seats are limited, and registration will be taken on a first-come-first serve basis. More information about the Conference is available on the Conference homepage (click here). -AESC Staff