The government of Denmark has established a cooperation with Indonesian’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in developing renewable energy resources in the provinces of South Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo and Riau. The collaboration was marked by the provision of Danish recommendations to Indonesia through the Regional Energy Outlook. On 5th December 2019, the partnership was welcomed by Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Mr. Rasmus Prehn. The recommendations given by Denmark are expected to create a cheaper and more efficient EBT industrial climate.
A new era dawns for solar power in Vietnam. Last month, the Vietnamese government announced it would shift to an auction system for future ground-mounted solar projects, overruling a previous proposal of a second round of its immensely successful feed-in-tariff scheme. The move, which would cut the tariff scheme that was to expire in 2021 short by one year, sparked dismay among domestic developers whose projects will be affected.
The energy market in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly. Overall demand has increased by 80% since 2000, with millions of new customers gaining access to electricity. That is putting pressure on energy systems, and with much of the demand met by a doubling of fossil fuel use, CO2 emissions have also risen...Three new charts from the IEA show not just the challenges that Southeast Asia is facing, but the opportunities for its energy future: 1. Balancing demand and impact 2. A cooling trend 3. The scope for going green.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has set an ambitious target of securing 23 percent of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025 as energy demand in the region is expected to grow by 50 percent. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this objective entails a “two-and-a-half-fold increase in the modern renewable energy share compared to 2014.” With the rapidly declining cost of renewable energy generation via such methods as wind and solar photovoltaic (PV), the Southeast Asian region has been presented with a golden opportunity to meet its immense electricity demand in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thailand will affirm its commitment to mitigating the impact of climate change at the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. Paitoon Mahapannaporn, the deputy director-general of the Department of Asean Affairs, said Thailand will urge all parties to enhance their mitigation and adaptation actions by implementing Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement at the climate talks on Dec 10.
Wind industry specialist recruiter ERSG has secured a contract to be sole supplier of fabrication management personnel to two undisclosed offshore wind farms in Asia. ERSG has also agreed terms with an unnamed company building floating wind foundations to supply contractors for the entire project lifecycle. Project planners and turbine package managers have already been deployed, ERSG said. The company said that will a global portfolio of candidates and a physical presence in Taiwan, it is “well placed to provide both local and ex-patriate professionals to the projects in Asia”.
Cambodia plans to spend more than US$100 million (RM 417 million) on subsidies by 2021 to reduce electricity tariffs and spur economic growth. The move is also to relieve the financial burden of businesses and households. Cambodian utility company Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) director general Keo Ratanak told the Phnom Penh Post that the government had already spent some US$95 million (RM396 million) to reduce tariffs this year.
Vietnam’s electricity demand has been the second-largest in Southeast Asia since 2015 and is expected to retain this position in 2020. However, only 0.5 percent of excess capacity in the electric system is currently available to meet the enormous future demand. To tackle the imminent power shortage, the government has introduced an auction system in Notification No. 402/TB-VPCP on November 22 to promote the integration of solar power into the national electricity structure. The new mechanism is favorable as it is poised to resolve the problems from the expired Feed-in Tariff (FiT) incentives.