Malaysia targets 5 % electricity generation from renewable resources

Jul 06, 2004 02:00 AM

The Malaysian Government is aiming to derive at least 5 % of electricity generation from renewable resources by 2005, said Deputy Minister of Energy, Water & Communications, Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.
"Renewable energy will need to be tapped as new sources of energy to reduce our dependence on conventional energy sources comprising fuel oil, natural gas, coal and hydropower," he said in his address at the launch of the Malaysia Cogeneration Week 2004.

The ministry's Deputy Secretary General II, Teo Yuen Hua, who represented Shaziman at the event, read out his speech text. Shaziman said the government will intensify the utilisation of renewable energy, with particular attention given to biomass-based cogeneration systems for the production of electricity and usable energy.
"Renewable energy is recognised as an environmentally friendly energy resource as it assists in the reduction of greenhouse gas emission to the environment. Under the 8th Malaysia Plan, the government has also introduced the fifth fuel in our energy policy, which includes renewable energy such as biomass, biogas, landfill gas, solar photovoltaic and mini-hydropower," he said.

Cogeneration has been recognised as one of the more effective energy technologies to ensure stable and reliable energy supply while enhancing financial returns, besides bringing about significant environmental benefits. In a conventional fossil fuel fired power system, the conversion efficiency normally ranges from 35 to 55 %.
A cogeneration system is capable of elevating the energy efficiency to over 75 %, Shaziman said.

The Malaysia Cogeneration Week 2004 is jointly organised by SIRIM Berhad and the Ec-ASEAN Cogen Programme, with the assistance of the European Union. The event follows the successful series of programmes held last year in Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, in which more than 1,300 high-level policy makers, government officials, industrialists, equipment suppliers, financiers, investors and other stakeholders participated.
It is aimed at spearheading further the promotion of cogeneration technology and building capacity among the relevant stakeholders concerned, specifically in Malaysia. The three-day event comprises the National Cogeneration Forum 2004, a Mini-Exhibition of best cogeneration technologies, individual business consultation and a seminar on Cogeneration and Sustainable Energy.

Source: Utusan Malaysia Online
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