USAID Launches New Energy Governance Program in Mongolia
The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched the five-year, $12 million Mongolia Energy Governance Activity that will provide access to reliable electricity and facilitate sustainable and inclusive economic growth. USAID Mission Director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia Ryan Washburn officially launched the program during his inaugural visit to the country and was joined by the U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia , Michael Klecheski, Mongolian Minister of Energy, Tavinbekh Nansal, Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission, Tleikhan Almalik. , and other key stakeholders.
Under the project, USAID will work with key government and private sector partners to improve operational planning and performance, guide planning for new infrastructure, enable greater market competitiveness, and encourage private investment. through clear and transparent rules, and support increased adoption of modern clean energy technologies. .
“USAID has a long history of supporting the energy sector in Mongolia, from providing emergency repairs to one of Ulaanbaatar’s major power plants in the early 1990s to assisting with the transition from a centrally planned system to a market-based system,” said Mission Director Washburn. “We are proud to continue this productive partnership with Mongolia to help increase self-sufficiency, foster an environment that will encourage private investment and the transition to cleaner energy sources.”
Mongolia currently depends on imports from neighboring countries to supply around 20% of its electricity. A more competitive and financially viable energy sector will increase Mongolia’s economic competitiveness and create a more secure domestic energy supply. The project will help develop a more sustainable and self-sufficient energy sector that will reduce fiscal pressures on the government.
USAID will also advance the use of clean alternatives to modernize the country’s energy sector to improve air quality. Currently, the capital, Ulaanbaatar, suffers from poor air quality due to reliance on coal-fired power generation, coupled with the burning of raw coal in the growing peri-urban ger neighborhoods of the city. The activity will contribute to the support of USAID Climate Change Strategy, which launched on April 22, Earth Day. Abt Associates is USAID’s implementing partner for this activity.
For more than 30 years, USAID has worked with Mongolia to advance democratic development, facilitate sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and solidify its path to greater independence and self-reliance.