National power plan expands private output in Thailand

Published onFebruary 7, 2019

After three years of revising and drawing up a new version of the power development plan (PDP), the National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) has approved the plan for 2018-37, emphasising more participation from private companies in the country’s power generation. The new version is expected to take effect from the second quarter. On Thursday the council, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, approved the PDP, which will be effective until 2037. The plan can be revised every five years as changes and technological trends occur in the power sector. The plan reduces the proportion of power generated by the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) from 35% in the previous version to 24%…

…Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said non-fossil power will represent 35% of total power capacity by 2037, while coal-fired power plants will be reduced to 12%. “We are very keen on renewable energy projects and energy conservation plans, while power imported from neighbouring countries is generated from hydropower,” Mr Siri said, adding that Thailand will import 5,857MW by 2037, up from 3,528MW.