SEDA to develop new Renewable Energy Transition Roadmap
KOTA KINABALU: The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia will develop a new Renewable Energy Transition Roadmap (RETR) by next year as part of plan to scale up sustainable energy agenda in the country.
Its chairman, Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, said the RETR would chart the energy transition from fossil fuel to greater sustainable energy adoption up to 2050.
“It is my greatest wish that SEDA Malaysia will pave the way for Malaysia to become the leading country in this region for sustainable energy technologies and low carbon economic growth.”
He said the importance of conserving and managing natural resources was undoubtedly paramount because of depleting conventional energy sources.
“Our current fuel mix in Malaysia is skewed too much in favour of natural gas and coal that account for a majority of our electricity generation.”
He said climate change issues were also becoming a serious global concern.
“Thus, we need to ensure that future energy production and consumption behaviour will also pay attention to ensure minimal negative impact on the environment,” Yee said when officiating at the closing ceremony of the Renewable Energy and GreenTech Sabah 2017 (REGTech2017) Conference and Exhibition here yesterday.
The event was jointly organized by MIDAS Events and Renewable Energy Association of Sabah (REA Sabah).
He said SEDA Malaysia was formed and had the important responsibility to promote the widespread deployment of renewable energy resources via the feed-in tariff (FiT) mechanism as a catalyst of sustainable energy and implement energy efficiency projects authorized by the government.
He said it was the agency’s vision to prioritize sustainable energy measures as one of the solutions towards achieving energy security and autonomy for the country.
To further enhance this vision and continue promoting greater renewable energy contribution in the energy mix, SEDA Malaysia has implemented the FiT scheme since December 1, 2011.
At the end of 2016, Yee said SEDA had implemented the Net Energy Metering (NEM) programme as a continuing effort to promote greater solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption post the FiT.
He said the NEM allowed electricity generated from solar PV systems to be consumed in situ, or self-consumption, and this reduced buying electricity from the grid with the main purpose to become energy efficient.
Besides the FiT and NEM, Yee said there was the large scale solar (LSS) being implemented by the Energy Commission.
“Although SEDA Malaysia does not implement the LSS, we sit in the technical evaluation committee of the LSS due to our technical expertise in solar PV.”
Yee said renewable energy required a greater effort to encourage the utilization of renewable resources as alternative means of generating energy.
“The emphasis on renewable energy follows Malaysia’s initiative in transforming the energy sector in achieving energy efficiency.”
In this regard, Yee said Sabah was endowed with an abundance of renewable energy sources that have the potential to offer strong prospects of contributing significantly to both the State and the nation’s transformation into a high value-added economy.
On REGTech2017, he said the event provided a suitable platform to discuss the opportunities and solutions as well as education for advancing Sabah’s renewable energy and green technology sector.
Also present were REA Sabah chairman Datuk Peter Lajumin and REGTech2017 project director Dolly Jimayol.
Lajumin (left) presenting a souvenir to Yee while Dolly looks on.