National policy and strategy for renewable energy

The World Bank commissioned an international consulting firm in 2003 to prepare strategy and policy documents for renewable energy-based rural electrification in Cambodia. This activity was a follow-up to the REAP, and was seen as an important precursor to the Rural Electrification and Transmission project. This project will be implemented with loan funding from both the World Bank and the ADB, and a grant from the Global Environment Facility. This is an extensive project with activities ranging from building a transmission line from Vietnam to Phnom Penh for importing power, to the establishment of a Rural Electrification Fund (REF) to support the development of rural mini-grids, especially those based on renewable energy generation.

The proposed policy document is based on the government's 1994 energy policy. The sustainability focus of the 1994 policy is expanded in this document into six specific intentions of the policy, and then a number of objectives and guidelines for achieving them.

The strategy document briefly describes a number of activities needed to achieve its targets. These activities include implementation of the REAP and establishment of the REF, and encouragement of private sector involvement. The strategy document ends by setting the same targets as stated in the REAP, which are listed above. These strategy and policy documents have not been adopted by the government, and there are no obvious plans to do so.

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