In 2018, the U.S. Government (USG) launched the Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (Asia EDGE) initiative to support the growth of sustainable and secure energy markets across the Asia-Pacific region. As a whole-of-government endeavor, Asia EDGE has four strategic objectives: (1) Strengthen the energy security of regional partners; (2) Create open and transparent energy markets (gas and electricity); (3) Improve free, fair, and reciprocal energy trading relationships; and (4) Expand access to affordable, reliable energy. To achieve a comprehensive approach towards Asia EDGE, the initiative consists of four technical pillars: (1) Enhanced regional energy markets and integration; (2) Increased deployment of advanced energy solutions and systems; (3) High performing modern utilities; and (4) Private sector investment and services mobilized (including transparent, best value procurement).
USAID/India has been designated as the “regional hub” tasked to coordinate Asia EDGE activities in South Asia. The “Asia EDGE – South Asia” initiative will promote the development of economical, reliable and clean energy access across South Asia, while supporting U.S. strategic interests and growing private sector engagement in the Indo-Pacific to create investment opportunities for U.S. companies. Asia EDGE – South Asia will engage a suite of stakeholders across the region and will coordinate interventions with USAID bilateral in South Asia, other regional hubs, USAID/Washington and other USG agencies supporting the initiative, private sector entities, national governments, international donors and financial institutions, and civil society organizations.
To accelerate the implementation of Asia EDGE - South Asia, USAID/India has tasked the U.S. Energy Association with launching a series of an inception activities that will establish a regional energy cooperation platform, the South Asia Regional Energy Hub (SAREH), through communications, outreach and coordination, and targeted, quick technical assistance actions to add value to public and private sector stakeholders. This inception period will operate in parallel and in coordination with existing ongoing USAID-funded energy programming in the region.
The inception period will include two primary tasks: (1) Regional platform (SAREH) establishment, management and administration; and (2) technical assistance services. The inception period is expected to draw from ongoing energy programs of USAID/India (regional and bilateral), USAID Missions across South Asia, the array of USG agencies and departments, host governments, and the work of private sector entities. To implement the Asia EDGE - South Asia inception period, USEA needs to establish an office in New Delhi, India. The New Delhi office will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Asia EDGE - South Asia program, under the strict guidance of USAID/Delhi and USEA/Washington. The work will include planning and implementation of a variety of capacity-building and technical assistance activities to take place in India and the surrounding South Asian countries; drafting and implementation of a portfolio of communication and social media outreach; overall Asia EDGE - South Asia program planning.