Energy Reform Plan

Spotlight Issue: Energy Reform Plan

In January 2018, the National Energy Reform Committee issued an Energy Reform Plan, which will reform Thailand’s energy production and consumption by promoting renewable energy and good governance in the energy sector. The new Energy Reform Plan compliments additional government policies, such as Thailand’s Alternate Energy Development Plan (AEDP 2015), and the 20-year Energy Efficiency Development Plan (2011-2030).

However, Thailand still has a long road ahead in terms of successfully implementing the proposed plan. Thailand’s Power Development Plan (2015-2036) places a heavy dependence on power generation from foreign imports, and non-renewable energy sources like coal and natural gas. The Power Development Plan is likely to approve more electricity generation projects from non-renewable energy sources in the near future, which in-turn might lead to large-scale carbon emissions as more coal-fired plants are developed.

Therefore, several steps need to be taken to mitigate the impact of the Power Development Plan and accelerate the transition to renewable energy. One such step is for reforming the Power Development Plan by cutting foreign imports and decreasing electricity generation from non-renewable energy sources. The second step is the facilitation of renewable energy projects through the AEDP 2015, 20-year Energy Efficiency Development Plan and the new Energy Reform Plan in January 2018. Critics think that if these two steps are successful in the long-run, it might significantly improve Thailand’s energy efficiency thus increasing the country’s ability to become a “Renewable Energy Tiger”.

To learn more about the proposed plan, please visit https://earthrights.org/blog/improve-not-import-thailand-become-renewable-energy-tiger/

Status: Right Direction

By proposing the new Energy Reform Plan in January 2018, Thailand is moving in the right direction with respect to the facilitation of clean and environment-friendly renewable energy sources for power generation. If the National Energy Reform Committee successfully implements this Energy Reform Plan, it will have vast potential to strengthen the energy efficiency of the country, which is one of the core objectives of Thailand’s Paris Agreement pledge. As the Energy Reform Plan is not fully developed yet, successfully implementing this Plan will require the creation of a concrete roadmap, which outlines the Plan’s budget allocations and detailed steps outlining how the Plan aims to meet its objectives for both short & long-term.

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Mrs. Em-orn Cheepsumol
Deputy Director General
Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy
121/1-2 Phetchaburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2612 1555 ext: 655, email: em-orn@eppo.go.th

Mrs. Somsri Kaewnukulkit
Specialist- Energy Strategy Planning
Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy
121/1-2 Phetchaburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2612 1555 ext: 311, email: somsri@eppo.go.th

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