SEDA to de­velop new Re­new­able En­ergy Tran­si­tion Roadmap

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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.

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