Energy Policy and Management (EPM), established in August 2017, is the newest field of specialization under the Institute of Policy Studies. EPM cluster’s overall vision is to “become a leading and multi-disciplinary unit of IPS advancing post-graduate energy and environmental policy and management education, research and capacity building”. Its overall mission is to “develop and strengthen capacities of energy industry” executives, public sector officials and policy-makers in Brunei Darussalam, the Asia-Pacific region and other regions globally who will play essential roles in building sustainable societies.
Course modules are being developed to equip energy industry executives on policy and management tools that respond to global and local challenges facing the energy sector. Current modules being taught are the Energy Policy and Management (KP 5306) and the Politics of Climate Change (KP 5308). At present, the Department is supporting other schools of UBD, co-teaching the module on TE 4304 Energy Efficiency and Policy (Faculty of Integrated Technologies) as well as co-supervising students on their research studies/projects under SP 4290 Project (Faculty of Science) and TE 4201 Engineering Design VII (Faculty of Integrated Technologies). As an interdisciplinary field of study, the cluster also aims to strengthen other schools such as the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Integrated Technologies, School of Business and Economics, and School of Education through offering of modules under energy policy and management discipline.
The Energy Policy and Management (KP 5308) module, offered in Semester 1, is taught in close cooperation with energy industries in Brunei Darussalam. Special lectures on oil and gas topics such as technological innovation, oil and gas processing and marketing were held at the Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (BLNG). In addition to oil and gas industry site visits, a visit to 1.2 MWp Tenaga Suria Brunei was carried out to orient and expose the students on the sustainable electricity production option in the country. A workshop series under this module is offered in Semester 2 which focus on policies and deployment of sustainable energy technologies in Brunei Darussalam.
Students were equipped on project development tools including site selection analysis, project energy yield simulation, and financial analysis of energy projects.
For students enrolled in TE 4304 Energy Efficiency and Policy, residential end-use energy survey was introduced as basis for collecting energy efficiency baseline information for policy making. Students were asked to conduct actual end-use surveys in their own households and to carry out energy savings analysis for selected household appliances in the country.
The EPM cluster also maintains close cooperation with the diplomatic community, industries and international research organisations which allows exchange of ideas and provides updates on recent industry activities and research developments outside Brunei Darussalam. In 2017, in addition to in-house expert seminar on the ‘Levelized Cost of Electricity of Selected Renewable Power Generation in the ASEAN and Its Policy Implications (Dr Romeo Pacudan)’, seminars were organized with experts from Mitsubishi Corporation on ‘Smart Grid Policies in Japan and Storage Technologies’ (Mr Yasuhiro Nakai); from Economic and Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) on ‘Analysis on Energy Demand and Supply Situation in Brunei Darussalam and Extraction of Energy Policy Implications from Brunei’s Energy Outlook’ (Mr Shigeru Kimura), ‘Future Electricity Demand in Temburong Eco Town Area’ (Ir. Leong Siew Meng), and ‘Modeling for Integration of Renewable Energy into Micro-Grid’ (Dr Yuichi Ikeda); and from the Embassy of Japan, His Excellency Mr Motohiko Kato, Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam, on ‘Energy and ECO Policy of Japan’.
At this early stage, the cluster has been involved in sponsored projects which include: i) Electricity Tariff Reforms and Implications on Energy Poverty (funded by ERIA), and ii) Deployment of Low Carbon Energy and Transport Technologies: Policy Options and Implications for Brunei Darussalam (UBD internal funding).
Students who are interested in pursuing their masteral and doctoral degrees under Public Policy and Management with specialisation on Energy Policy and Management will have the opportunity to carry out their research studies with the Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI). BNERI is a government energy policy think tank and has been involved in research studies for the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) related to climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energies. BNERI’s current research projects that are funded by EIDPMO include the preparation of the ‘Nationally Determined Contribution’ for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Renewable and Alternative Power Generation for the East Asia Summit Energy Cooperation Task Force. A new Project on ‘Commercial Energy Demand Survey and Energy Management Road Map’ is being funded by the Economic and Research Institute of the ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
EPM’s core faculty team include, Associate Professor Dr Romeo Pacudan, who is concurrently the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Researcher of the Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI); and Dr Jimmy Lim, who is also the Director of Center for Advanced Materials and Energy Sciences (CAMES) and Senate Member.
Publications of the cluster in the first quarter of 2018 include:
- Romeo Pacudan, Feed-in tariff vs incentivized self-consumption: Options for residential solar PV policy in Brunei Darussalam, Renewable Energy, 122, 2018, pp.362-374.
- Romeo Pacudan, Residential Solar PV Deployment Policies in Southeast Asia: Convergence towards incentivized self-consumption schemes. Paper presented in the 2nd Public Policy Network in Singapore Conference, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 29 January 2018 (slide presentation).
- Romeo Pacudan, Net metering vs net billing: The case of incentivized self-consumption policy in the Philippines, paper submitted to Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2018.
Also in the first quarter of 2018, Dr Romeo Pacudan was invited to peer-review papers submitted to 1) the Energy Policy, and 2) Solar Energy, both are Elsevier Q1 scopus-indexed journals.