Laos’ energy production is estimated at 10,000 MW by 2020, and will rise further to 20,000 MW by 2030, according to Laos Ministry of Energy and Mines.
In August 2017, Laos signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of a solar project with an installed capacity of 300MW to 350MW in the Xekong province.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan for $235 million to B.Grimm Power, one of the largest power producers in Thailand, to develop and enhance renewable energy capacity in ASEAN member countries including Laos.
Laos signed a three-party “Energy Purchase and Wheeling Agreement” with Thailand and Malaysia on 27 September 2017 that allows Laos to export up to 100 MW of hydroelectric power to Malaysia via Thailand’s power grid. The deal is intended to support Malaysia's efforts to reduce the share of fossil-fuelled assets in its current generating fleet, which rely predominately on diesel and coal. The country has said it hopes to cuts its carbon emissions nearly in half by 2030, per stipulations of the Paris Climate Accord. (HydroWorld – 28 September 2017)