Forum Tenaga Boleh Diperbaharui dan Kecekapan Tenaga:Halatuju Masa Depan anjuran MEPA,Hotel Marriot Putrajaya
Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Ariff bin Araff,
Ahli Lembaga Pengarah, Pusat Tenaga Malaysia
Mewakili Pengerusi Pusat Tenaga malaysia
Dr. Anuar Abdul Rahman
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Pusat Tenaga Malaysia
Dr. Mohd Zamzam Jaafar
Presiden, Pertubuhan Profesional Tenaga Malaysia
Para hadirin yang dihormati sekalian,
1. Terlebih dahulu, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pihak penganjur, Pusat Tenaga Malaysia dan Pertubuhan Profesional Tenaga Malaysia (MEPA) kerana sudi menjemput saya untuk merasmikan Forum Tenaga Boleh Diperbaharui dan Kecekapan Tenaga : Halatuju Masadepan.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
2. Since independence, Malaysia has moved rapidly from a predominantly agricultural economy to an industrialised one. While this has generated significant wealth for the people, it has also posed several challenges to some key sectors, one of which is energy.
3. Over the last 20 years, demand for electricity has grown by almost 10 times, that is from 8,140 GWh in 1980 to 69,670 GWh currently. This has necessitated an enormous amount of capital investment to be made for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country. In the 8th Malaysia Plan period, the development of the electricity sector requires an investment of RM25 billion from the public and private sectors while the cost of electricity used by the industrial and commercial consumers amounted to an average of RM12 billion annually. The high capital investment required for the energy sector’s development and the cost of electricity used by industrial and commercial consumers is expected to increase for the 9th Malaysia Plan period.
4. While the high electricity consumption has been attributed to the growth of the industrial and manufacturing sector, the inefficient use of electricity in our production processes has also contributed to a certain degree of wastage. Malaysia’s growth rate of electricity demand, which is about 1.5 times higher than the GDP growth, illustrates this inefficiency as the ratio is often less than 1.0 in the more developed economies.
5. The government has gone to great lengths in subsidising the price of petrol, diesel and other fuels including electricity, to ensure that consumers are not burdened with high fuel prices and industries can remain competitive in the international market. At present, the prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas as well as electricity in Malaysia are among the lowest in the ASEAN region. As comparisons, the average electricity price in Singapore is 32.3 sen per kWh and 38.8 sen per KWh in Phillipines compared to 23.5 sen per kWh in Malaysia. This situation cannot continue for ever and Malaysian energy consumers must be prepared to see some increase in energy prices in the future. Efficient use of energy is an option consumers should consider to offset this future increase in fuel prices.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
6. Realising the importance of sustainable development of the energy sector towards enhancing the nation’s competitiveness, the Government has adopted a three-pronged approach in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy through introduction of legal measures, provision of financial and fiscal incentives and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Over the last five years, Malaysia has developed energy efficiency strategies and adopted measures for the use of renewable energy as the fifth fuel. In effect, this led to the transformation of the previous Four Fuel Policy to a Five Fuel Policy in 2000. In addition, the Government has set an ambitious target of 5% power generation from renewable energy sources in 2005, mainly from biomass waste.
7. Among the key projects implemented to promote energy efficiency are the Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project (MIEEIP), a project co-funded by the Government of Malaysia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Capacity Building Project on Energy Efficiency / Demand Side Management (DSM) supported by the Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA). I understand that this forum will discuss at length the success and shortfalls of these projects. I look forward to the recommendations to ensure the successful achievement of the targets.
8. The promotion of renewable energy has been undertaken through the Small Renewable Energy Power Programme (SREPP) with the establishment of a Special Committee On Renewable Energy (SCORE) to meet the target of grid-connected renewable energy-generated electricity.
9. Despite the close collaboration between the Government, the international community and the private sector in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, there is still a lot to be done to achieve the planned targets. It is therefore my hope that participants of this forum, in particular the professionals and private sector participants, will give serious thoughts to the issues and propose viable solutions to overcome the current barriers to the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Among the critical issues that I would like this forum to give attention to would be in identifying financial mechanisms for the renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives particularly involving private financial institutions. There is also a need to generate greater awareness on the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency from the economic as well as the environmental perspectives.
Ladies and gentlemen,
10. The Government needs the active involvement of all stakeholders in its effort to develop an efficient and sustainable energy sector which can contribute positively towards the economic development of the nation. My Ministry is willing to work closely with all involved in ensuring that barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency development in the country can be overcome.
Ladies and gentlemen,
11. In conclusion, I wish you a successful forum and look forward to getting pragmatic solutions to help us create the institutional environment to achieve our targets in meeting national energy needs and being a model energy manager in the region.
With that, it gives me great pleasure to officially open the RE & EE Forum : The Way Forward and to officially launch PTM’s new website.