Asia and the Pacific must seek to achieve 24/7 electricity supply with good quality and sufficient quantity to maximize economic and human development benefits.
The historic spirit of cross-border trade in Central Asia is being revived in the energy sector.
The pandemic reinforces the need for reliable energy services to support healthcare. Clean, renewable power is a good place to start.
COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of energy value chains but solar power could be an indigenous solution to keep the lights on during a crisis.
Solar power is helping Asia get electricity to people, particularly in rural and remote areas, but it has fallen behind in its use as a clean energy cooking source.
With key reforms, Pacific states could move toward cleaner, more affordable sources of energy that eventually eliminate fossil fuels completely.
Investment in renewable energy around the world is entering a new phase that will require governments and the private sector to re-think the way they develop projects.