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Member State Thailand
Institution Name Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency
Institution Type Ministry
Ministry Type Ministry of Energy
Administrative Level National
Name of initiative Energy Security and Sustainability by Micro Hydropower Development Project at Ban Poeng Khloeng
Projects Operational Years 11
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Question 1: About the Initiative

Is this a public sector initiative? Yes

Question 2: Categories

Is the initiative relevant to one of the UNPSA categories? Category 2: Enhancing the effectiveness of public institutions to reach the SDGs

Question 3: Sustainable Development Goals

Is the initiative relevant to any of the 17 SDG(s)? Yes
If you answered yes above, please specify which SDG is the most relevant to the initiative. (hold Ctrl to select multiple)
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Which target(s) within the SDGs specified above is the initiative relevant to? (hold Ctrl to select multiple)
1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
1.a Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
7.b By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support

Question 4: Implementation Date

Has the initiative been implemented for two or more years Yes
Please provide date of implemenation (dd/MM/yyyy) 13 Nov 2002

Question 5: Partners

Has the United Nations or any UN agencies been involved in this initiative? No
Which UN agency was involved? (hold Ctrl to select multiple)
Please provide details

Question 6: Previous Participation

1. Has the initiative submitted an application for consideration in the past 3 years (2017-2019)? No

Question 7: UNPSA Awards

Has the initiative already won a UNPS Award? No

Question 8: Other Awards

Has the initiative won other Public Service Awards? Yes
If yes, please specify name, organisation and year. Participatory Governance Award

Question 9: How did you learn about UNPSA?

How did you learn about UNPSA? GOVERNMENT

Question 10: Validation Consent

I give consent to contact relevant persons and entities to inquire about the initiative for validation purpose. Yes

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Question 1

Please briefly describe the initiative, what issue or challenge it aims to address and specify its objectives (300 words maximum)
Currently, Thailand has more than 22 million households. From this number, about 46,405 households have no access to electricity (0.21 percent). The electricity grid system has not reached Poeng Khloeng Village, which is located on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Without access to electricity, 250 households in Poeng Khloeng Village mainly use candles and lanterns for lighting. This causes low quality of life for the people in the village. The average cost of lighting from candles and lanterns per household is about 200 baht (6 USD) per month. Subsequently, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) has implemented a very small hydropower scheme. The project is based on the principles of development for people to coexist with the forest and properly land use to make a living while contributing to the conservation of natural resources and environment in order to create moisture and allow streams to flow throughout the year. The project also aims to create the country's sustainability in renewable energy. The implementation of the Ban Poeng Khloeng Community Project had involved participation of villagers from start till completion of the construction, including free-of-charge construction labor and help with sourcing locally available materials. When the project is completed, residents can manage the community’s electricity use by themselves. As a result, 522 households have sufficient and are able to access to electricity thoroughly. In consequence, the Ban Poeng Khloeng Community has a better quality of life with electricity for the Sub-district Health Promotion Hospital, schools, occupational promotion training, temples, and for daily use. Furthermore, people can work additional jobs at night, such as agricultural crop processing. In addition, it also helps reduce household expenses by reducing electricity costs by an average of 50 baht per month per household, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 169.96 tCO2 per year.

Question 2

Please explain how the initiative is linked to the selected category (100 words maximum)
The project has provided energy security for communities in remote areas, which is a small group of highland people who lack of access to electricity from the government. By installing an electrical system, remote communities can access to basic utilities and improve their quality of life. It is also create participation mechanism with local people. They also manage, operate and maintain the project on their own, as well as knowledge transfer and establishing a group of electricity users to manage the community's electricity use. This creates leading to community ownership and sustainability.

Question 3

a. Please specify which SDGs and target(s) the initiative supports and describe concretely how the initiative has contributed to their implementation (200 words maximum)
Ban Poeng Khloeng Hydroelectric Power Project is consistent with Sustainable Development Goal number 1, which is to eliminate all forms of poverty in all areas. The Ban Poeng Khloeng Community is a vulnerable group, which deserves equal rights to access economic resources as well as access to basic utilities (electricity). The project also supports Sustainable Development Goal number 7, which is to ensure access to modern, sustainable energy for all at an affordable price, as the project generates electricity from natural water sources to provide 522 households.
b. Please describe what makes the initiative sustainable in social, economic and environmental terms (100 words maximum)
Social aspect: The Ban Poeng Khloeng Community is a vulnerable group that deserves equal rights to access resources and electricity. Establishing a group of electricity users, to manage community's electricity use independently. Economic aspect: Electricity expenses are down by an average of 50 baht per month per household. People are able to work at night. Part of electricity tariff is used for repairing and maintenance, while another portion is paid as dividends to members. Environmental aspect: Clean energy source (water) is used, and CO2 emission is reduced, along with the conservation of water sources and environment.

Question 4

a. Please explain how the initiative has addressed a significant shortfall in governance, public administration or public service within the context of a given country or region. (200 words maximum)
In term of geography. There is a limit to access to some remote areas in Thailand. Thus, DEDE encourages the community to form a group of electricity users to manage the project by themselves. In addition, local DEDE officers are introduced to the header and committees of the village in order to help and mentor the management, transfer of knowledge and basic production and maintenance techniques. These actions can lead the community in order to rely on their own operation and development.
b. Please describe how your initiative addresses gender inequality in the country context. (100 words maximum)
Implementation of the project through community meetings, comprise of local people (males, females, children, as well as the elderly), as well as female and male electricity users, to participate in decision-making, vote to select members of the management committee, including voting in the election of the village head.
c. Please describe who the target group(s) were, and explain how the initiative improved outcomes for these target groups. (200 words maximum)
The project has ensured energy security for communities in the highlands towards the edge of Thailand, most of whom are ethnic group (Karen) such as Pgakenyor and Pwo. They are poor and have no access to resources or electricity. Hence, the project had built an electrical system so that remote communities can access to electricity and basic utilities to improve their quality of life and create equality, justice, and fairness with regard to energy. About 522 households now have access to electricity in their homes and government buildings such as Ban Poeng Khloeng Community School. Sub-district Health Promotion Hospital, Malaria Center, Thailand-Myanmar Border Operations Base and temples. In addition, this project fosters love and unity within the village, as well as promoting knowledge, understanding, and awareness of the importance of preserving Ban Poeng Khloeng’s forests and water sources. It also introduces the reliability on their community by providing opportunities for local people of all gender and age to participate a project organized by government such as decision-making and project management.

Question 5

a. Please describe how the initiative was implemented including key developments and steps, monitoring and evaluation activities, and the chronology. (300 words)
2000 Survey on potential area which capable of developing a project 2001 Obtain budget for the project by requesting a budget allocation from the government 2002 Organize community meeting with local people and coordinate with relevant local agencies. Begin the construction of the first phase of the project which is the Ban Poeng Khloeng Hydroelectric Power Project by constructing a dam in the Poeng Khloeng River, installing one 50-kilowatt power generator, and started supplying electricity to the people on November 13, 2002. There are 250 households of electricity users, and there is a group of electricity users was established within the community to supervise and manage the project with DEDE as a mentor. 2005 Survey the area for capacity expansion in order to meet the increasing demand 2008 Renovated water turbines, generators and other accessories for the village-level hydroelectric power project. (Ban Poeng Khloeng) 2016 Renovated water turbines, generators and other accessories for the village-level hydroelectric power project. (Ban Poeng Khloeng) The next renovation for the Ban Poeng Khloeng Hydroelectric Power Project is scheduled in 2025. In addition, there are regularly inspections and technical services. The status of the project components and the community’s electricity supply are maintained every 2 months. In case of there is an issue that is beyond the community's capacity to remedy, the DEDE will provide technical services immediately upon being notified. As for the follow-up and evaluation, DEDE has kept a record of the operation of the project from the electricity user committee, in order to use the data to analyze, design, develop, improve the hydroelectric machinery to be more efficient and keep pace with higher technology. This is scheduled for every 8 years, consistent with the period of improvement and maintenance.
b. Please clearly explain the obstacles encountered and how they were overcome. (100 words)
1. Geography and climate: Entering the area during the rainy season, due to the project's remote and high-altitude location. The DEDE officials can therefore take action only during the dry season. 2. Communication & Language: As the community is an ethnic group, the DEDE officials can only communicate with the representatives of the local people. 3. Community expansion: At the beginning, the project’s capacity to generate electricity was unable to meet the demand. Therefore, the DEDE has surveyed nearby water sources in order to improve the production capacity and supply enough electricity to meet the demand.

Question 6

a. Please explain in what ways the initiative is innovative in the context of your country or region. (100 words maximum)
DEDE had been developed various projects where electricity is generated from hydropower, which can be used as a model for the development of similar projects. In addition, DEDE has also developed the design of water turbines and generators that are more efficient, which can generate at least 20% more electricity than the older designs. From the old capacity of 120,000 kWh per year, they can now generate 150,000 kWh of electricity per year.
b. Please describe, if relevant, how the initiative drew inspiration from successful initiatives in other regions, countries and localities. (100 words maximum)
The village-level Hydroelectric power scheme was started by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej found that there were many households in remote areas which had no access to electricity. The first village-level hydroelectric power project was accomplished at Mae Kam Pong village in Chiang Mai province. Then, the village-level hydroelectric power project in Ban Poeng Khloeng was started in Tak province.
c. If emerging and frontier technologies were used, please state how those were integrated into the initiative and/or how the initiative embraced digital government. (100 words maximum)

Question 7

a. Has the initiative been transferred and/or adapted to other contexts (e.g. other cities, countries or regions) to your organization’s knowledge? If yes, please explain where and how. (200 words maximum)
DEDE has taken the Ban Poeng Khloeng Hydroelectric Power Project as a model for the implementation of the hydroelectric power projects at the Mae Klong Noi village in Umphang district, Tak province, and the Huai Mak Lang village hydroelectric power project in Mueang district, Mae Hong Son province. Both projects received the Thailand Energy Awards 2018 and ASEAN Energy Awards 2018 by bringing the project model, whether innovative design or community involvement, every step of the way to project management to proceed in the same way as the two award-winning projects. The Thailand Energy Awards 2018 and the ASEAN Energy Awards 2018 signify the appreciation and praise for an entity that had an outstanding performance in promoting and supporting the development of renewable energy such that it is a prime example for other organizations to follow. It also encourages the participation of relevant personnel involved across all sectors in supporting energy sustainability and provide a mechanism for organizations to discover, compare, and acknowledge initiatives and best practices for continuous and sustainable energy development.
b. If not yet transferred/adapted to other contexts, please describe the potential for transferability. (200 words maximum)

Question 8

a. What specific resources (i.e. financial, human or others) were used to implement the initiative? (100 words maximum)
Financial resources: Government budget is used for the construction and improvement of the project. Electricity tariff was collected from electricity users to use for the maintenance of the project, enabling it to continue to produce electricity, making the project sustainable and reducing the financial burden for the government by about 180,000 baht per year. Human resources: Government personnel acts as mentors. They give advice and technical training to make the project sustainable. Local residents contribute their labor in the construction of the project, supply some construction materials, care for and maintain the power generation system.
b. Please explain what makes the initiative sustainable over time, in financial and institutional terms. (100 words maximum)
Economic aspect: Communities incur lower energy expenses and earning additional 1,000–1,500 baht per month from jobs that can now be done at night with electricity available. Such jobs include making handicrafts or basketry, sorting betel nuts and other agricultural products. Organizational policy aspect: The project creates mechanisms and build a foundation for the involvement, from the start of the project to its completion, of the community and relevant agencies such as the villagers, related agencies and stakeholders, such as the Tak Provincial Office, Mae Chan Subdistrict Municipality, and Ban Poeng Khloeng Community leaders.

Question 9

a. Was the initiative formally evaluated either internally or externally?
b. Please describe how it was evaluated and by whom? (100 words maximum)
The Ban Poeng Khloeng hydroelectric power development project, located in Umphang District, Tak Province, has been evaluated by the Institute of Energy Engineering. Kasetsart University in 2021 by using the document verification method together with the interview and collecting data from those involved in the project. The project is then assessed by using a six-evaluation criteria (OECD, 2019) model, which weigh on achievement of the project, include the following aspects namely; effectiveness, impact, and sustainability. As it is a project that has been completed and has been in use for quite some time.
c. Please describe the indicators and tools used (100 words maximum)
Indicators used in the assessment include: Relevance = Reasonableness, Possibility. Coherence: Needs of stakeholders, redundancy Effectiveness = Output, Outcome Efficiency = Resources, Management Impact = economy, society, environment. Sustainability = readiness, scalability. The assessment tools include: 1. Project-related documents 2. Interview form for project managers and community leaders 3. A survey for those who will benefit from the project.
d. What were the main findings of the evaluation (e.g. adequacy of resources mobilized for the initiative, quality of implementation and challenges faced, main outcomes, sustainability of the initiative, impacts) and how this information is being used to inform the initiative’s implementation. (200 words maximum)
Assessment Summary 1. Relevance, the project was reasonable to undertake with a high chance of achievement. 2. Coherence, the project was in line with the stakeholders' needs, but had a chance to overlap with the service area expansion of Provincial Electricity Authority. 3. Effectiveness, the project was able to achieve the main objective of creating opportunities for access to electricity. But there are some problems with power quality. 4. Efficiency, the project had appropriate resource allocation and strong management. 5. Impact, the project clearly had a positive impact on economy and society. However, it is possible to negatively affect the environment with the community expansion. 6. Sustainability, the project will benefit the community for more than 10 years, but depends on support from DEDE and is limited in the expansion. Implementation of the evaluation results (suggestions) 1. To reduce power quality problems, DEDE should study feasibility of developing a hybrid system between hydro and solar power source, together with an energy storage system. 2. To achieve sustainability and reduce budget constraints, the DEDE should reconsider electricity tariff rate, in order to be sufficient for maintenance, especially the main maintenance which will be scheduled every 5 years.

Question 10

Please describe how the initiative is inscribed in the relevant institutional landscape (for example, how it was situated with respect to relevant government agencies, and how the institutional relationships with those have been operating). (200 words maximum)
DEDE established a mechanism for cooperation and participation among government agencies as follows: DEDE: Detailed inspection, coordinate with relevant departments to determine the construction area and provide a budget for construction. Supervise and conduct trainings to transfer knowledge to the community. Provide technical services assistance, monitor usage data to design, improve, and develop to increase efficiency, extend the project's performance to be used comprehensively. Mae Chan Subdistrict Municipality: Dispatch officers to preliminarily survey the area, examine the water conditions in the village, and prepare detailed information and a letter requesting support for the project through the Tak Provincial Office Tak Provincial Office: Prepare a letter requesting support for developing the project and send to the DEDE, as well as provide relevant details along with the letter. The Office of Natural Resources and Environment, Umphang District and Subdistrict Municipality: Investigate the type of forests in the area and determine the feasibility of the project. Tak Provincial Energy Office: Facilitate on coordination between the DEDE and the Tak Provincial Office in order to resolve issues that may arise at any stage, from the beginning to the completion of the project.

Question 11

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts emphasis on collaboration, engagement, partnerships, and inclusion. Please describe which stakeholders were engaged in designing, implementing and evaluating the initiative and how this engagement took place. (200 words maximum)
Approaches to promote integrated collaboration Internal stakeholders DEDE created a mechanism to coordinate with government agencies which relevant to the permission for the land use such as the Office of Natural Resources and Environment of Tak Province, Royal Forest Department and local administrative organizations, to ensure the proper use of the land to be in accordance with the regulations. DEDE also created a mechanism for cooperation and participation between government agencies, including Mae Chan Subdistrict Municipality, Tak Provincial Office Office of Natural Resources and Environment, Umphang District and Umphang Subdistrict Municipality, Tak Provincial Energy Office External stakeholders DEDE organized meetings with communities and stakeholders across all sectors in the area to create an understanding of the project, listen to suggestions and set rules and mutual agreement for the implementation of the project from the outset. Such agreements include the contribution of free labor to the construction work, the contribution of local materials such as rocks, gravel, sand, etc. to the construction of the project, and the management and maintenance of the project by the community after its completion, to create a sense of ownership to the local people and make the project sustainable.

Question 12

Please describe the key lessons learned, and how your organization plans to improve the initiative. (200 words maximum)
The village-level hydroelectric power project creates a knowledge on development of clean energy, environmental protection, transparent collaborative governance, and social management of remote communities. People can have equal access to electricity, together with better well-being. 1. It can be a model for very small-scale hydropower development projects in two remote areas which are Mae Klong Noi village in Tak province and Huai Mak Klang village in Mae Hong Son province. Both projects received Thailand and ASEAN Energy Awards 2018. In addition, the Ban Poeng Khloeng Hydroelectric Power Project also won Thailand Energy Award 2021. 2. Attitude of the community had been changed to preservation of forests and watersheds to ensure that the community has enough water to generate electricity. 3. Sustainability of the project will be achieved through the driving force of people in community by creating participation and team work to create an ownership of the community property. 4. DEDE need to have the plan to improve power plant’s efficiency by designing, developing and improving water turbines and accessories, together with the plan to generate electricity by adding other renewable energy power generation to the existing hydropower projects for supporting the continued expansion of the community.

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