8 July 2021
As predicting the future energy demand is challenging, digitalization could be one of the cornerstones of the energy transition for Southeast Asian countries. It enables key features of modern energy systems, such as virtual power plants, renewable energy certificates, renewable energy resources forecasting, and demand response control. It also allows extensive monitoring and management. This helps identify inefficiencies in the system early. The data collected also provides a strong foundation for the introduction of evidence-based energy efficiency policies. Despite financial hurdles, it has been shown that investments in smart infrastructure pay off. In Europe, for instance, household energy efficiency measures have managed to cut energy use by up to 6 percent.