Powering the clean energy transition in East Asia and Pacific

Kintamani 1
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
15:30 – 16:45 WITA


East Asia and the Pacific remains the world’s engine room for hydropower development. Led by China, the region accounts for nearly 40 per cent of world’s installed capacity and annual generation.  

Rapid economic growth, together with an increasing focus on achieving sustainable outcomes, has helped propel hydropower development in many countries across the region.  

Outside of China, which added a further 8.5 GW of capacity last year, south-east Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar have a strong pipeline of projects backed by ambitious government targets.  

In the Pacific, Australia is witnessing a flurry of hydropower activity, particularly in pumped storage. Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has several projects under active development, which could transform the country and provide electricity to hundreds of rural communities.


  • Karen Atkinson, COO South Asia and Pacific, SMEC​ (Moderator)
  • Wiluyo Kusdwiharto, Director of Project Management and New Renewable Energy, PLN
  • Ian Brooksbank​, Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Tasmania​
  • Stephen George Lewis​, President & Chief Executive Officer, Voith Hydro APAC​
  • Changlin Han, Vice President, IWHR Technology

Session objectives

This session will present the latest trends and developments shaping the region including:

  • An overview highlighting where capacity has been added as well as significant policy and project updates.
  • Short deep dives into key countries in the region from local experts.


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