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Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP)

Overview 

The Power Working Group aims to implement activities to facilitate the development, deployment, and diffusion of cost-effective, cleaner, and more efficient technologies and practices related to the power industry. The Power Working Group also provides a unique forum for public-private dialogue and cooperation whereby key experts and leaders from the public, private, and academic/research sectors exchange information and create practical projects through public-private partnerships in a bottom-up manner. Potential areas for cooperation include efficiency and environmental performance improvements, and loss reduction in electricity transmission and distribution. Improvement of demand-side management for the power sector is also discussed. The Power Working Group focuses on the following actions:

  • Quantifying the potential energy savings and emissions reductions when best practices are applied in respective countries

  • Cooperating on the identification and application of best practices for power generation, transmission and distribution, and demand-side management

  • Communicating with the financial community to facilitate investments in projects that employ the best available technologies as identified through activities of the Power Working Group

  • Communicating with service and technology providers that are critical to keeping power generation plants running at design efficiencies, and providing technologies to implement power system upgrades and improvements

  • Collaborating with the International Electricity Partnership and other regional forums on the power industry

The Power Working Group is led by Japan. 

Background

Because a reliable and affordable supply of electricity is an essential basis for economic growth, emerging economies have experienced rapidly increasing demand for power. Ensuring that generation, transmission, and distribution in the power sector are as efficient as possible will help minimize greenhouse gas emissions from emerging economies. The emissions reduction potential in the power sector is enormous. Conservative estimates of the potential savings from just applying best practices for existing coal-fired power generation plants greatly exceed 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide emissions reductions per year.

Activities 

A major activity of the Power Working Group is to identify, share, and implement applicable best practices in power generation and plant operation, transmission and distribution, and demand-side management in collaboration with the Power Working Group’s participants. Specifically, the Power Working Group convenes workshops and conducts peer reviews at existing power plants in each workshop’s host country, reviewing operations and maintenance practices and identifying practical opportunities for efficiency and environmental performance improvements based on real-life examples.

Achievements and Resources 

The Power Working Group has conducted three workshops and implemented peer reviews in conjunction with each workshop. The following are the major achievements: 

First workshop: Jakarta, Indonesia, 21–23 January 2013
On 21–23 January 2013, the Power Working Group held its first workshop in Indonesia. Participants also conducted a peer review at Unit 4 of the Suralaya thermal power station. In the peer review, the participants confirmed an efficiency improvement potential of about 2%, taking into account the amount of fuel consumed and the power output. Discussions covered the themes of power generation, transmission and distribution, and demand-side management. Various approaches were identified to improve all three areas of focus.

   

Second workshop: Warsaw, Poland, 14–16 October 2013
On 14–16 October 2013, the Power Working Group held its second workshop in Poland. The Working Group also visited the Belchatow thermal power station and conducted a peer review. Participants discussed energy efficiency, the latest thermal power technology, and finances during the workshop. Some practices and takeaways, including the importance of maintaining thermal efficiency through appropriate daily management, were shared among the participating countries. Participants recognized that further enhancement of thermal power efficiency could be achieved by retrofitting old plants. 

   

Third workshop: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 28–30 October 2014 
On 29–31 October 2014, the Power Working Group held its third workshop in Mongolia. Participants also visited and conducted a peer review on the operation and management of the major Mongolian thermal power plant, Combined Heat and Power 4 (CHP4). At the workshop, the Power Working Group discussed power generation, transmission and distribution, and demand-side management. The idea of a maintenance check sheet and other best methods for plant operation were welcomed by CHP4 management. 


   

Workshop Presentations

21–23 January 2013 Indonesia workshop

14–16 October 2013 Poland workshop

28–30 October 2014 Mongolia workshop


Participants  

Workshop participants have included representatives from the public and private sectors, including government agencies, power industries, service and technology providers, financial institutions, and research organizations, from countries such as China, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.