The global energy system is undergoing a major shift eastward: energy demand and consumption are skyrocketing in China, India and the ten member states of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). This rapid growth is driving ever-greater demand for renewables and energy innovation; the region is searching around the world to find it.  On October 30th, Canada and the ASEAN nations co-hosted a seminar to discuss this dilemma as part of Singapore International Energy Week, one of the largest energy conferences in Asia.

Ian Philp, Advanced Energy Centre Director of Partnerships, delivering the Canadian keynote address at the Canada-ASEAN Renewable Energy Seminar

The event was co-hosted by Her Excellency Heather Grant, the High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore, and Mr. Bernard Nee, Assistant Chief Executive of the Singapore Energy Market Authority.  In his remarks, Mr. Nee offered Singapore as a prime example of the importance of new technology to a renewed grid.  Singapore has committed to introducing 350 MW of solar PV in the coming years and is seeking innovative energy technologies – such as energy storage – that will ease this transition.

The AEC’s Director of Partnerships, Ian Philp, delivered the Canadian keynote address to an audience of businesses and regulators keen to learn about Canadian energy innovation.  Following the presentation, many of the ASEAN energy players expressed strong interest in potential investment and partnerships with Canadian companies.  As innovative energy technologies continue to emerge from Ontario, the Southeast Asian market presents great opportunities for Canadian companies.

Datuk Loo Took Gee  – the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water – delivered the ASEAN keynote and response.  She spoke passionately about the size of the energy opportunity in the region, and the need to adopt energy technology that will provide low-cost, reliable sources of supply.

Mr. Philp’s address supports the AEC’s core mission to leverage Canadian energy innovation in international markets.  The AEC is excited to work with Ontario and Canadian companies seeking a foothold in Southeast Asia and beyond.