The Philippine government is being urged to provide more support for renewable energy (RE) development to help meet the country’s capacity goals and requirements for clean energy. During Powertrends 2019, Aboitiz Power Corp. chief operating officer Emmanuel Rubio said the country has seen an increase in RE development since the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001 and the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 were enacted. “These two laws led to the rapid rate of RE development that will eventually bring the country to where it is today in terms of RE,” he said.
Vietnam's renewables policymakers have been rewarded for their steady management of the solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) program with impressive renewable capacity gains, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report analyses Vietnam’s solar success along with the steps needed to support improved performance for Vietnam’s renewables program. Vietnam’s solar FiT program awarded a US$0.09 per kilowatt tariff (kWh) to solar developers delivering new capacity by the end of June 2019.
If Asia is to rise to the clean energy challenge, then sharing energy between countries will be one way to deal with intermittency issues. But political obstacles aside, how will it work? In the future, if countries could tap into the renewable energy resources of their neighbours, they could eventually wean off polluting fossil fuels and improve quality of life, said Christopher Len, senior research fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore.
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.
Development of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants is expected to increase 100-fold in Southeast Asia over the next five to 15 years, according to energy research firm Rystad Energy. Development plans are in the works in Thailand and Vietnam as large-scale floating PV installations, with smaller utility-scale floating PV developments being proposed in Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar.
The global energy supply is turning greener. Investment in new renewable energy is on course to total $2.6 trillion in the years from 2010 through the end of 2019, according to a study by BloombergNEF for the United Nations Environment Program and Frankfurt School’s UNEP Center published Thursday. The boom in the capacity to generate electricity from low-carbon sources gives credibility to an effort by world leaders to slash climate-damaging greenhouse gases.
The auction for 60 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity conducted by Electricite du Cambodge (EDC), Cambodia’s national electricity utility, has led to the lowest bid of 3.877 cents (US dollar) per kilowatt hour by Prime Road Alternative Company Limited. The project, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), drew 26 bidders, including several global companies, and has achieved the lowest power purchase tariff for a solar project so far recorded in Southeast Asia.
A 420 MW solar power project, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, has officially started production in Tay Ninh. The inauguration of the Dau Tieng Solar Power Complex, a joint venture between Vietnamese construction firm Xuan Cau and Thai conglomerate B.Grimm, took place Saturday in Tan Chau District, Tay Ninh Province, around 100 km (62 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City.