The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) is a multinational effort to foster integrated sub-regional cooperation and capacity building among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Over the next decade, energy consumption in the Mekong sub-region is expected to increase at least 5 percent annually, propelled by overall economic growth. Under the LMI Energy Security Pillar, the United States is working with LMI partner countries to coordinate a strategic regional approach to energy security and accessibility. This pillar is co-chaired by Thailand and the United States.
The LMI Energy Security Pillar seeks to increase energy security and economic competitiveness through developing unconventional and renewable sources of energy, ensuring access to energy, and enhancing regional interconnectivity in the region. The LMI Energy Security Pillar centers on interventions in:
- Regional energy market development;
- Power interconnection in the Mekong sub-region;
- Energy efficiency, conservation, and alternative energy;
- Transparency and good governance; and
- Energy research and development.