Tag: renewable

18
Apr

Thai Minister Announces Increase in Coal

Diversify the source of Fuel for Power

The Thai Energy Minister, Siri Jirapongphan, has recently announced that Thailand is expected to increase the mix of electricity generated by coal and renewables to diversify its source of fuel for power generation.

“The share of coal in our power generation mix is very low at slightly less than 20 percent,” the Energy Minister said at the International Energy Forum last week.

“We need to diversify the sources of fuel for our power generation. Having a reasonable percentage of coal to be used for power generation would be a necessity in considering the security of fuel supply to our generation system.”

In the past Thailand has relied mainly on natural gas

The power demand from the citizens is falling behind consumption, requiring the country to import more piped gas from Myanmar and more liquefied natural gas.

A plan set a few years back by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to build coal-fired power plants in the southern Thailand towns of Krabi and Songkhla have been delayed due to opposition from villagers and environmentalists.

“We need to conduct a more global strategic environmental assessment to identify a more suitable location to build a coal-fired power plant that Thailand needs,” Siri said, adding that a decision on the whereabouts of the coal fired power plants locations could be made towards the end of this year (2018).

 

Increase Coal Use in Thailand. Photo supplied by PennEnergy Thailand

Increase Coal Use in Thailand. Photo supplied by PennEnergy Thailand

“In terms of contribution to carbon dioxide generation, Thailand can be considered as one of the lowest in the world,” Siri said.

Authorities increased retail electricity prices by 3.5 percent last year for the first time since 2014, citing rising oil and gas prices.

Falling costs for solar panels has made the renewable resource competitive against fossil fuels.

“We have proven in several pilot projects that we can expand on our success to promote more electricity generation from renewable resources at a price which we call grid parity at 8 cents (per kilowatt hour) on a wholesale basis.”

Going forward, Siri said that Thailand will only be accepting grid-parity prices of electricity generated from renewable/green sources.

Follow this link to read the original article on the Reuters website by Florence Tan in NEW DELHI and Chayut Setboonsarng in BANGKOK; Additional reporting by Promit Mukherjee in NEW DELHI; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

12
Jan

EGAT says the Market Quota will now end

Energy policymakers are currently planning to end the twenty year quota regime by expanding the state-controlled power generation business to private sector competition, quoted by the Energy Minister himself Mr Siri Jirapongphun.

Thailand will now be removing the special quota from state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). “Thailand needs to increase power supply and allowing the market to set its price will be essential to developing the power generation industry,” he said.
The deregulation of power generation will be applied to both the renewable energy industry as well as the fossil fuels industry.

The power price is currently at an average of 3.6 baht per kilowatt hour.

Egat's Mae Moh power plant in Lampang. Both fossil fuels and renewable energy will be deregulated. JIRAPORN KUHAKAN

EGAT’s Mae Moh power plant in Lampang. Both fossil fuels and renewable energy will be deregulated. JIRAPORN KUHAKAN

By JUNE 2018, policymakers have planned to open an auction under the small power producer programme, which will involve semi-firm power purchase agreements with a total of 269 megawatts.
The move is aimed at advancing the efficiency of the sector, of EGAT, and of other state-owned energy firms like PTT Plc.

Details of the deregulation programme will become finalised in the new national Power Development Plan (PDP), which is currently being revised by the relevant department.  The new PDP, set to be finalised in March 31, will replace the existing PDP, which was drafted in 2014.

The current rules that state that one fifth of the country’s power must come from renewable energy sources by the year 2036 may also undergo major revisions. At present, renewable energy sources in Thailand account for 12% of the country’s power.

Companies from the private sector and EGAT (which recently expressed interest in importing LNG), will now be allowed to enter the business, which previously fell under the monopoly of PTT.

 

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Find the original Bangkok Post article here.

21
Dec

Schneider Electric to go 100% renewable by 2030

Eyekandi-Solar supports Schneider Electric in the decision to become 100% renewable by 2030.

“The French energy management and automation company plans to use on-site projects, contracted off-site projects and clean energy credits to meet its new 100% goal.”

As there is an increase in the movement towards powering the world with renewable energy, it’s incredible that large corporations are now spearheading this movement.

The French energy management and automation company Schneider Electric announced recently that it would join the ranks of the tech giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon, and strive to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy by 2030.

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Schneider Electric already has rooftop solar in place at facilities in India, Thailand and its headquarters in France. However, the company notes that even as it plans to add more rooftop PV, this will only meet a portion of its total demand.

“Schneider Electric strives to answer the world’s new energy challenge by boosting energy efficiency everywhere: in homes, buildings and cities, industry, the grid, and throughout remote communities,” reads a press statement by the company. “In a world more decarbonized, more digitized, and more decentralized, energy use needs to be more productive.”

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