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Tashkent, Uzbekistan – On March 4, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a Technical Working Group meeting, as part of the Central Asian Regional Electricity Market (CAREM) project to promote the region’s long-term energy security and economic growth.
This first meeting of the Technical Working Group examined the current conditions of regional and national transmission system infrastructures. Ministries of Energy of Central Asian countries and power system operators nominated the members of the technical, legal, and regulatory and market working groups to develop an enhanced regional electricity market in the region.
Participants discussed the technical standards for national transmission, regulations and IT, principles of power systems integrated operation and the existing agreements among the Transmission System Operators. USAID presented best practices on congestion management and transmission capacity allocation and provided an overview of other technical issues to be addressed to ensure the successful operation of CAREM.
USAID-facilitated working groups will commission a study to identify limitations and provide recommendations on electricity modernization in the region as the next steps of CAREM implementation. The working group also plans to conduct power systems studies to improve the reliability of transmission networks and determine transmission capacities to accommodate larger volumes of cross-border power exchanges.
A regional energy market serves as a platform for an expanded Central Asia-South Asia regional power market that deploys lowest-cost power in support of greater economic and social development. USAID’s long-term objective is to establish an integrated power market that ensures fair and consistent transactions for all Central Asian countries; common standards for performance; fair and non-discriminatory pricing; and access to the power grid. For more information, visit www.ptfcar.org/carem. USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. To learn more, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional.