Govt looking at renewable energy sources for electricity, says Yeo

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya is looking to increase the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources, to ensure the country achieves its 20% target of renewable energy by 2025, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the government, through the Electrical and Tariff Supply Implementation and Planning Committee, had analysed and found that some 3,991 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy need to be added to the power supply system.

“The government plans to increase the generation of electricity from various renewable energy sources through the implementation of several initiatives such as Feed in Tariff (FiT), Net Energy Metering (NEM) and through the large-scale solar generation (LSS) project,” she said.

Yeo (PH-Bakri), in her reply to Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian), also told the house that 114MW of FiT renewable energy quota would be reopened by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) at the end of the month.

She said 74MW of small-scale hydro power systems and 10MW of biomass would be opened for application beginning Nov 27, while 30MW of biogas would be opened for e-bidding on Nov 19.

“We evaluate various renewable energy sources and see the most competitive one to generate electricity, in order to gain affordability, reliability and sustainability. We are not just looking at LSS, NEM or the Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (SARE),” she said.

To Khoo Poay Tiong (PH-Kota Melaka) who asked if there would be more LSS projects to achieve the target, Yeo said more LSS needs to be added into the system. As a preliminary measure, she said, the government would open a tender process for the third cycle of the LSS next year, with a capacity of 500MW.

“The project will cost RM2 billion. Details of the packages will be announced in January next year,” she added.

Yeo said to date, the government had carried out two cycles of LSS projects with a total installed capacity of 958MW. From that amount, three projects with capacities of 32.5MW had reached commercial operation status.

“The other projects are expected to begin generating energy between the end of this year and 2020,” she said.

Yeo added that the LSS3, along with improvements to the NEM and the SARE, are expected to drive the growth of the solar industry in the country.