Wind Energy Sector Likely to Benefit from Thailand’s New Power Development Plan (PDP)

During 2019, installations of new wind turbines in Thailand were at 322 MW, bringing the total wind power capacity to 1,532 MW. The 1,532 MW total wind power capacity “is half of the 3 GW target set by the Thailand government for 2036”. Furthermore, the 3 GW target for wind energy was set under Thailand’s Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP) targets for 2036, which mentions, “AEDP Target for 2036: 19.6 GW of renewable, including 6 GW of solar, 3 GW of wind, 3.4 GW of hydro, 1.2 GW of biogas, 5.5 GW of biomass and 0.5 GW of waste”.

Currently, wind power development is entering a hibernation phase in Thailand as “previous wind energy subsidy schemes have expired and no new incentives are in place for wind power generation”. However, Thailand’s wind power trajectories estimate that wind power generation is likely to increase in the coming years due to the targets, which have been recently established under the new Power Development Plan (PDP). For instance, during March 2020, Thailand’s Power Development Plan (PDP) established targets to boost the country’s wind power generation to “90MW/year from 2023-2025, with a possibility of an upward adjustment if all goes well”. Thailand’s wind energy industries consider the 90MW/year target a victory because the “wind energy industry has been at a standstill in the past two years with no new wind farm projects being commissioned”.

Source: https://www.evwind.es/2020/03/03/driving-forward-thailands-wind-energy-industry/73872

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To know more about Thailand’s 3 GW target for Wind by 2036, please visit: https://solar.total.asia/markets/thailand/


Activity Rating: ** Positive Move but more is yet to be done

The wind energy target of 90 MW/year established under the new PDP is certainly a positive step to promote the growth of wind power in Thailand. However, more needs to be done. One major step which needs to be considered to enhance wind power is to increase government subsidies to wind power industries. Increasing subsidies to wind power industries will increase the manufacturing and selling of large number of wind power technologies, which will strengthen the wind energy production and generation capacities across Thailand. Finally, another step to increase wind power generation in Thailand is to facilitate strong partnerships with the government and wind energy industries. Partnerships between the government and wind energy industries will help in facilitating large-scale wind power projects, and will provide incentives and funding to the wind energy industries for generating wind power more effectively.


Take Action

To promote the growth of wind energy in Thailand, you can contact the members of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy, Thailand, with the following action alert message:

We thank the Government of Thailand for establishing the 90 MW/year wind energy generation targets from 2023 to 2025 under the new Power Development Plan (PDP). The target will certainly help to boost Thailand’s wind energy production and generation. To ensure that wind energy generation in Thailand continues to increase in the coming years, your role will be vital. As a prominent member of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy, Thailand, I request you to kindly consider two recommendations. First, is to increase the level of subsidies, which are provided to the wind energy industries. Increasing the subsidies provided to wind energy industries will increase the manufacturing and distribution of a large number of wind power technologies, which will strengthen the wind energy production and generation capacities across Thailand. Finally, another recommendation is to facilitate strong partnerships with  wind energy industries. Partnerships with t wind energy industries will help in facilitating large-scale wind power projects, and will provide incentives and funding to the wind energy industries for generating wind-power more effectively.

 

Send Action Alert Message to:

Mr. Yongyut Jantararotai

Director General

Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy

17 Rama 1 Rd, Kasatsuk Bridge,

Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Thailand,

Telephone: +662-223-0021-9, Ext: 1021

Email: yongyutJ2@gmail.com


For more information please contact Climate Scorecard Thailand Country Manager Neebir Banerjee: Neebir@climatescorecard.org or neebirban@yahoo.com

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