RE­NEW­ABLE EN­ERGY TAKES CEN­TRE STAGE

Fo­cus shifts to green sources such as biomass, so­lar and hy­dro power

New Straits Times - - Business | Media And Branding - LIDIANA ROSLI KUALA LUMPUR bt@me­di­aprima.com.my

FOS­SIL fu­els are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a thing of the past as the fu­ture now lies in the re­new­able and sus­tain­abil­ity of clean en­ergy.

Data from Te­naga Na­sional Bhd (TNB) showed that elec­tric­ity de­mand grew by four per cent in the fi­nan­cial year ended Au­gust 31 last year.

In fact, ac­tual en­ergy de­mand for Malaysia is fore­cast to grow to 20.3 gi­gawatts in 2020 from 16.9 gi­gawatts in 2015, in line with the coun­try’s ac­cel­er­a­tion to­wards the high- in­come sta­tus by 2020.

The na­tional util­ity com­pany did not pro­vide a pro­jec­tion for this year but said de­mand is ex­pected to in­crease in tan­dem with the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth of be­tween four to five per cent.

Thus, the up­com­ing Elec­tri­cal, Power and Re­new­able En­ergy (EPRE 2017) con­fer­ence is more rel­e­vant than ever as it fo­cuses on the myr­iad of green en­ergy sources such as biomass, so­lar power, hy­dro en­ergy and so on.

Themed “The Essence of En­ergy”, EPRE 2017, sched­uled to be held from to­mor­row to Fri­day March at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, will show­case a vast range of the re­gion’s lat­est tech­nol­ogy, equip­ment and machin­ery in the fields of power gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion and the re­new­able tech­nolo­gies.

Chew Shee Fuee, pres­i­dent of the Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (TEEAM) said the field it is set for elec­tri­cal and elec­tron­ics (E&E) play­ers in the con­fer­ence.

“There are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mar­ket now for E&E play­ers as Malaysia tran­si­tions from us­ing fos­sil fu­els to clean en­ergy,” said Chew.

“TEEAM has 1,868 mem­bers and we be­lieve our mem­bers will gain from our par­tic­i­pa­tion in this ex­hi­bi­tion as there are plenty of net­work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

Mean­while, EPRE’s other main sup­porter, Malaysian Pho­to­voltaic In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (MPIA), said the con­fer­ence is more than just a net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity. It is also a chance to show the pub­lic on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the pho­to­voltaic (PV) in­dus­try in Malaysia.

“In the past, MPIA has sup­ported and fought for tax in­cen­tives such as In­vest­ment Tax Al­lowance and Cap­i­tal Al­lowance from Malaysian In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Author­ity,” said its trea­surer, Ha­tim Salleh.

“In fact, we have been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Fi­nance Min­istry for the past decade for per­sonal tax breaks for house own­ers who wish to in­stall so­lar pan­els on their roofs.

“We are also in talks with cer­tain state gov­ern­ments to ex­pand their so­lar green agenda,” he said.

For EPRE 2017, MPIA will be giv­ing out the SURIA di­rec­tory which con­tains in­for­ma­tion on so­lar in­stal­la­tion ser­vice providers.

Alun Jones, gen­eral man­ager ofthe Malaysian Ex­hi­bi­tion Ser­vices Sdn Bhd, said the turnout for this year is ex­pected to be healthy given the on­go­ing in­ter­est in clean en­ergy.

(From left) Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia pres­i­dent Chew Shee Fuee, Malaysian Ex­hi­bi­tion Ser­vices Sdn Bhd gen­eral man­ager Alun Jones, Malaysian Pho­to­voltaic In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (MPIA) trea­surer Halim Salleh and MPIA sec­re­tary Lionel Yap at the EPRE 2017 press con­fer­ence re­cently.

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