Community power plan clears panel

Published onSeptember 19, 2019

The National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) has approved community-owned power projects under the Energy for All scheme, enabling private companies to form joint ventures with local communities to operate renewable power projects in remote areas. The council, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, gave the nod on Wednesday in order to enhance the management efficiency of local power projects. Private companies can invest in the Energy for All scheme, and two state power enterprises — the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and the Provincial Electricity Authority — are also allowed to invest in community-owned power projects, said Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.