Clean Power IOREC 2014, Manila

Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Sandy Dechert


Images Of IOREC 2014: You Are Here!

June 25th, 2014 by  

Manila skyscrapers (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert)The nearest Metro Manila skyline to IOREC 2014. There are many—Manila’s actually 18 cities. Image Credit: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert

The two-day International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference* last week in Manila provided delegates insights into the current status of energy access in the region. At IOREC 2014, participants also discussed key barriers to deploying off-grid and minigrid renewable energy and shared best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies.

Asian Development Bank, site of IOREC (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert).

Image Credit: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert

IOREC delegates on break (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert).

Image Credit: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert

The Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines (offices directly above), sponsored and hosted the 2014 IOREC Asia conference, attended by hundreds of stakeholders with different perspectives. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Alliance for Rural Electrification cosponsored.

The Asia Clean Energy Forum, a major regional gathering of key players in the clean energy sector, was held at the ADB immediately after IOREC 2014.

IOREC conferees (Conferees meetin' and greetin' in the ADB hall  (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert).

Conferees meetin’ and greetin’ in the ADB hall. Image Credit: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert

At the IOREC 2014 panel discussion of Kandeh Yumella, Special UN Representative and CEO of SEIA (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert).

During the panel session of Kandeh Yumella, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and also CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative panel session. In the foreground: Evelyn Cho Oh.

Kimbowa S. Emmy of Uganda's Energy Systems Ltd. in Kampala, at IOREC 2014  (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert).On the right is Kimbowa S. Emmy, CEO and Chairman of Uganda’s Energy Systems Ltd. in Kampala. We met over some gobbled sandwiches. Unfortunately, my pixels failed to catch his fantastic ear-to-ear smile.

Next is a fivesome from Korea, not in order: An Snn Guan and Deok-Su Hyun of Sebang Global Battery; Kim Yu-Tack, leader of the Korea Battery Industry Organization’s industry support team; Dr. Do-Yang Jung, university professor and VP of PNE Solution; and Rimtaig Lee, PhD/PE, chair of the Korea Wind Energy Industry Association.

Group of Korean conferees at IOREC (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert)

We had all run out of business cards by then, but the following two IOREC 2014 conferees shared a few great laughs along with grid-free and minigrid ideas on the final break.

At the IOREC 2014 final break (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert)

Greetings also to other conference friends: Brad Barkey, who shared the long flight from Vancouver with me and also drinks with IRENA’s Dolf Gielen, Director of the Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn; Kosimbei George, Coordinator of Kenyatta University’s Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Centre; wind expert Peter Castro of the Phil’s Coastal Renewable Energy Technology Center; Carina Llagas, engineer and secretary of the Palawan Construction Assoc.; Eunjoo Park-Minc from Makati City’s Banco de Oro; Jelena Savic, IRENA’s events coordinator (whose photo came out blurry, to this writer’s chagrin) from Abu Dhabi; and Edwin Pambid, who took me to Batangas and Tagaytay. And many thanks again to IRENA, which made my journey possible.

Taal Lake, Luzon, Philippines (Cleantechnica/Sandy Dechert and Edwin Pambid)

Those who managed to reserve a little extra time in Manila may have seen this spectacular view of a tiny part of the Philippine archipelago looking south from the ridgetop town of Tagaytay, about 34 miles north of Manila. The lake itself is a volcanic crater, and the country’s most seismically active volcano, Taal, is on the closest island. A tilapia farm graces the near shoreline. In the distance are Balayan Bay and Batangas Bay, both in the South China Sea. (Photo: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert and Edwin Pambid.)

For more articles on the substance of IOREC 2014, see:

Off-Grid Renewable Use Conference In Manila (Intro)

Cross-Sector Talks Reveal Asia’s High Off-Grid/Minigrid Renewables Potential

Sharp Off-Grid Renewables Focus At Manila IOREC

Off-Grid Renewables Convo Aims To Repeat Ghana Success

*Full Disclosure: My flight to and accommodation at IOREC was covered by IRENA.

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covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news. She's currently on the climate beat for Important Media, having attended last year's COP20 in Lima Peru. Sandy has also worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm. She writes for several weblogs and attributes her modest success to an "indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity."

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