Revisions proposed for Viet Nam’s Smart Grid Roadmap for network reliability

15 March 2022

To update the Smart Grid Roadmap and ensure the sustainability of the country’s electricity network, Viet Nam should take measures on eight indexes, namely, green energy, energy market, supply reliability, data analytics, monitoring and control, customer satisfaction, cybersecurity and integration of distributed energy resources.

Those recommendations were presented at the 15 March event, which is the final one among a series on the topic. GIZ and the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam (ERAV) of the Ministry of Industry and Trade co-hosted the virtual workshop. The event was part of the the Smart Grids for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SGREEE)project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

At his opening remarks, Markus Bissel– SGREEE’s Project Director – said, ‘What our experts presented today will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis, detailed assessments and concrete proposals to the revision of Viet Nam’s Smart Grid Roadmap. The adjustments will improve the performance of the country’s power sector, reduce the investment need into the networks and encourage a more efficient integration of renewable energy sources.’

With the fast-growing economy, Viet Nam has seen the rapidly increasing electricity demand over the past years. Meanwhile, the share of renewable energy, especially solar energy, has increased significantly in the nation’s power production. The transition of the power sector, however, is challenging the grid management, causing supply-demand risks, despite the government’s constant investment in power generation and grid infrastructure.

The Government of Viet Nam signed a decision on November 8, 2012, approving a strategy on developing Smart Grid in Viet Nam (in short: Smart Grid Roadmap), which sets a general target for Smart Grid to improve system reliability through demand-side management and energy efficiency measures. The plan, however, needs to be updated as Viet Nam has witnessed a significant increase on renewable energy and a number of policy changes.

For more information about the SGREEE project, please see here.

For further information, please contact Markus Bissel – SGREEE’s Project Director, Energy Cluster, GIZ Viet Nam.

Contact person
Markus Bissel — Project Director, SGREEE