GIS Tools for Smarter Energy Planning

Transitioning to a sustainable energy future requires considering how energy intersects and interacts with other sectors. Multi-sector planning benefits from geographic information system (GIS) tools, which can map energy infrastructure against other infrastructure, key environmental indicators, and socio-economic data. Doing so can identify risks, opportunities, and comparisons of costs and benefits across different project portfolios. Join us for an introduction to existing GIS tools and a discussion about how they can support a more sustainable energy future for Asia

Links to the tools presented here today are below in order of presentation:

This was an official side-event for this year’s annual Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF).  For more information about ACEF, go to


James Browning, Communications Director, Global Energy Monitor

James Browning has worked to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable as a writer, researcher, lobbyist, and game designer. Prior to Global Energy Monitor he worked for ten years as a state and regional director for Common Cause and wrote “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets,” a series of reports about the fracking industry. He is the author of The Fracking King.

Nathan Lee, Integrated Decision Support, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dr. Nathan Lee is a Researcher with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he focuses on decision support and energy system planning. He has an extensive international research portfolio that centers around supporting energy strategy development in emerging economies. Nathan’s doctoral research focused on decision support methodologies for national energy planning in developing economies.

Regan Kwan, Research Associate, Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program

Regan Kwan is a research associate with the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on the environmental and socioeconomic impact of development in the Greater Mekong Subregion. He manages technical aspects of the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker project. He holds a MPP from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Courtney Weatherby, Research Analyst, Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program (moderator)

Courtney Weatherby is a research analyst with the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia program. Her work focuses on infrastructure and energy development challenges in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific, particularly food-water-energy nexus issues. She holds a M.A. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from Dickinson College.

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