BANGKOK (NNT) - For national energy development, especially in the industrial sector to cope with fast-paced technological changes, the Institute of Industrial Energy has joined hands with the Federation of Thai Industries and the Ministry of Energy to hold this year’s Energy Symposium, preparing the industrial sector to adopt energy cost-saving technologies.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Energy Soomboon Nhookeaw delivered a lecture on Thailand’s Energy Plan in the age of Disruptive Technology at the Energy Symposium 2019. He elaborated on the Ministry of Energy’s efforts to adjust policies to be in keeping with changes in the energy sector, and to implement technologies which help increase efficient energy consumption, leading to lower operating costs for businesses.
The Energy Ministry is encouraging power generation from alternative energy sources and support for the operation of community power plants through amendment of the law, which now allows the general public to sell the electricity they generate to energy authorities. [NOTE: unverifiable if its MEA, PEA, EGAT, or all of them] This measure will help increase competition and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thailand intendeds to cut down such emissions by 20-25 percent by 2030.
The Energy Policy and Planning Office Director General Wattanapong Kurovat said the office is considering adjustments to its 2018 power generation development plan to increase, by 400 megawatts, power generation by community power plants, waste to energy plants, biomass power plants and solar power.
The office ordered the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency to assess the capacities and preparedness of communities across the nation. It is expected some 1,000 communities will join the new power generating plan.