Overcoming challenges to sustainable energy development Asian Power 28th Nov 2018
Global warming and climate change are already threatening our environment and the world is racing to mitigate these problems, leaving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with a development dilemma.
Making Southeast Asian electricity grids smarter The ASEAN Post 22nd Nov 2018
According to a 2018 report by Telcoms and Computing Market Reports, the smart grid market in the region has continually grown and demonstrated significant benefits to consumers and large-scale vendors.
TBC and AC Energy to build 1.5GW wind projects in South East Asia SteelGuru 16th Nov 2018
Singapore’s renewable energy developer and operator The Blue Circle has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ayala Corporation’s power subsidiary AC Energy. Under the new partnership, the two companies will jointly develop and construct TBC’s pipeline of nearly 1,500MW of wind projects across South East Asia, more than 700MW of which will be built in Vietnam.
Oil, gas industry leaders must uphold integrity, says minister Borneo Bulletin 16th Nov 2018
THIRTY-TWO additional signatories from the oil and gas industry operating in the Sultanate have pledge their commitment to uphold integrity in business by becoming new members of the Brunei Energy Industry Business Integrity Pact 2018.
Cambodia’s solar regulation Phnom Penh Post 26th Nov 2018
On january 26, the Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) enacted for the first time a solar generation regulation. The regulation is a new driver for the country’s solar photovoltaic (PV) system development. The solar generation regulation has elevated the regulatory framework in Cambodia with a foreseeable positive impact to its future solar PV development. Having six to nine hours of daylight on a daily basis, the solar irradiation in Cambodia is recorded at 5kWh/m2/day. Despite having such potential, Cambodia is still dependent on imported electricity which accounts for 36 per cent of its power generation last year, which is an increase from 2015 and 2016 (26 per cent and 23 per cent respectively).
Indonesia eyes looser foreign investment caps for geothermal energy Asian Power 28th Nov 2018
FDI is now expected to reach up to 100% in 54 sectors. Indonesia plans to loosen foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions, with FDI now being able to reach up to 100% in 54 sectors. Reports from Mondaq said there will be no change in respect to ownership (67%) of geothermal power generation of up to 10MW. Ownership limits were set for geothermal operating and maintenance services (90%), power generation beyond 10MW (95% for general, and 100% for PPP during the concession period). The cap was also adjusted for geothermal drilling services (95%), geothermal surveying services (95%), and testing and analysis of electrical installation of high or extra-high voltage electrical power generating and utility installation (49%). “In some sectors, such as power generation, this is not a huge shift as these dispensations already existed,” Mondaq said. “However, it indicates an overall change of stance that sends a positive message to the market, which will in the long run make projects more bankable.”
Govt wants to generate 1 GW of rooftop solar power in 3 years The Jakatar Post 29th Nov 2018
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Wednesday that the government expected rooftop photovoltaic solar panels to produce 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity nationwide within three years.
Pertamina allocates US$5.5bn for capex in 2019 The Jakatar Post 28th Nov 2018
State energy holding company Pertamina has allocated US$5.5 billion for its capital expenditure (capex) in 2019, 37.5 percent higher than this year’s capex of $4 billion.
PLN admits electricity still too expensive for industry The Jakatar Post 28th Nov 2018
State-owned electricity company PLN has expressed its commitment to lowering the price of electricity for industry, as it is still considered too expensive.
Government to reduce fuel, gas use for electricity The Jakatar Post 23rd Nov 2018
The government is reducing the use of fuel and gas for electricity, a policy that is stipulated in a revision of the Electricity Procurement Plan (RUPTL) from 2019 to 2028.
Indonesia's Energy Subsidy Spending Far Above Target in 2018 Indonesia Investment 19th Nov 2018
Ahead of the legislative and presidential elections (scheduled for April 2019) the Indonesian government is unwilling to impose impopular measures. One of the side-effects is that subsidy spending has gone beyond the target that was set in the 2018 State Budget.
Indonesia boosts domestic palm oil consumption as currency pressures mount Borneo Post 18th Nov 2018
Regulations mandating the use of palm oil in diesel fuel could help ease Indonesia’s dependence on energy imports and stabilise the local currency, while improving prospects for local palm oil producers.
PLN issues list of qualified clean energy developers The Jakatar Post 16th Nov 2018
State electricity company PLN has reportedly issued the list of qualified renewable energy developers that PLN will choose from as operators of new projects.
Auction for early stage geothermal development areas in West Sumatra, Indonesia Think GeoEnergy 14th Nov 2018
Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources through EBTKE is launching an auction for geothermal preliminary and exploration survey areas (WPSPE) in Bonjol, Pasaman Regency in West Sumatra Province.
More Southeast Asian Dam Disasters Likely Unless Funders Ensure Higher Standards Radio Free Asia 13th Nov 2018
The Lao dam disaster in July that resulted in heavy flooding in two provinces that left at least 40 people dead and displaced 7,000 others has drawn both regional and international attention to the potential dangers of Southeast Asia’s current dam-building spree.
Malaysia plans 500-MW solar tender in early 2019 - report Renewablesnow.com 28th Nov 2018
Malaysia is expected to launch a 500-MW solar power tender in January, The Start reports, citing a government official.
New govt policies to boost affordable solar energy: Minister www.thesundaily.my 28th Nov 2018
The government intends to provide sustainable, reliable and affordable solar energy for Malaysians through new policies beginning Jan 1, 2019, such as the New Net Energy Metering (NEM) Scheme and Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (SARE), says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.
Malaysia to fully implement new biodiesel programme from February 2019 The Business Times 28th Nov 2018
Malaysia on Monday said it will start to phase in a higher biodiesel mandate from next month, with the new rule coming into full force from February in an effort to bolster the palm oil industry.
Government optimistic of meeting 20pc renewable energy target over next seven years | Malay Mail The Malay Mail 27th Nov 2018
The government is optimistic of achieving its target of 20 per cent electricity generation from renewable energy (RE) sources, equivalent to 3,991 megawatt (MW), over the next seven years via various initiatives, programmes and policies.
Malaysia's Petronas sets up team for renewable energy push Reuters 27th Nov 2018
Malaysian state-owned oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, has set up a new business within the group to make a push into renewable energy, the head of the new venture said on Tuesday.
Ministry to study proposal to standardise electricity tariffs for school and Govt buildings The Edge Markets 22nd Nov 2018
The Government will study proposals to standardise the electricity tariffs for school and Government buildings, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.
Amid oil price scare, minister says Malaysia not too dependent on crude revenue Malay Mail 16th Nov 2018
Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng insisted today that Putrajaya’s finances will not be affected if oil prices drop.
Govt looking at renewable energy sources for electricity, says Yeo Free Malaysia Today 15th Nov 2018
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.
Oil, commodities price dampener for Malaysia The Star Online 15th Nov 2018
The market has also turned nervy, considering the potential impact on oil and gas (O&G) companies as well as the government’s coffers.
Better oil and gas deals needed in the future, say experts The Myanmar Times 15th Nov 2018
According to the “State-Owned Economic Enterprise Reform in Myanmar: The Case of Natural Resource Enterprises” report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Renaissance Institute, under the conditions of contracts signed decades ago MOGE has to pay over US$100 million (over K200 billion) in taxes annually on behalf of joint-venture firms.
24-Hour Electricity in Rakhine to Be Delivered by End of Year The Irrawaddy 12th Nov 2018
A 30-billion-kyat project to provide 24-hour electricity to four townships in Rakhine State will be completed in December, according to the Department of Electric Power Transmission and System Control under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
PHL reforms pushing renewable power growth, Bloomberg research arm says | BusinessWorld Business World 29th Nov 2018
The Philippines has achieved a “turnaround” in sourcing power from renewable sources with policy innovations that have helped bring down the cost, putting the country sixth among developing nations in the Climatescope 2018 ranking compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance Ltd. (BNEF).
Philippines biogas facility to produce 50,000MWh energy from fruit waste Asian Power 27th Nov 2018
The Philippines’ Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPI) inked a deal with agricultural producer Dole Philippines, Inc. (DPI) to design, construct, and operate facilities that will process fruit waste and produce around 50,000MWh of biogas.
‘PHL-China oil deal vital to energy plan’ BusinessMirror 26th Nov 2018
AMID fears the oil deal signed between the Philippines and China would be disadvantageous to the former, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto on Sunday said it is, in fact, “off to good start” given the “positive reviews” given by two eminent persons on the memorandum of understanding crafted by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. Recto cited the joint statement made by Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, that Philippine interests are “safe” and that “nothing is being given away” by the Philippines in its oil exploration agreement with China.
Meralco sees demand for power up 5% this year BusinessMirror 26th Nov 2018
MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) is expecting electricity demand this year to grow by 4.5 to 5 percent from 2017.
Meralco expects electricity demand to ease in 2019 | BusinessWorld Business World 25th Nov 2018
MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) expects demand for electricity to ease in 2019 as the year follows two straight years of higher base when relevant economic indicators are relatively tamer, the distribution utility’s top official said. Oscar S. Reyes, Meralco president and chief executive officer, said aside from temperature, which results in a spike in the consumption of electricity, there was greater “liquidity” this year and in the previous year.
Fear, cheer greet PHL, China pact on oil, gas BusinessMirror 22nd Nov 2018
Calls mounted on Wednesday for the Executive to reveal the full text of a cooperation agreement on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, signed on the first day of President Xi Jinping’s historic state visit.
PHL, China ink oil, gas development agreement in West Philippine Sea BusinessMirror 21st Nov 2018
After denials that an oil exploration deal is in the works in time for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, the Philippines and China signed on Tuesday an agreement on cooperation on oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea, along with at least 28 other accords.
Philippine senators ask Duterte to disclose China energy plan Reuters 20th Nov 2018
Philippine opposition senators have demanded President Rodrigo Duterte reveal details of joint energy exploration plans with China, warning such a deal risked affirming Chinese territorial claims that are not recognized under international law.
DoE to launch new energy contracting round this week | BusinessWorld Business World 18th Nov 2018
THE Department of Energy (DoE) is hoping that a new round of contracting will spur more petroleum exploration ventures and close the resource development gap with regional neighbors. The DoE will launch the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program (PCECP) on Thursday officially opening the application period, which will be for 180 days. DoE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said his office was “aggressively pursuing” the implementation of the contracting program to set a strong “Explore, Explore, Explore” program. The program offers two modes of application that potential investors may pursue. First, interested parties may wish to bid on the 14 pre-determined areas identified by the DoE all over the country — one in Cagayan, three in east Palawan, three in Sulu Sea, two in Agusan-Davao, one in Cotabato, and four in west Luzon. The DoE said applicants may opt to nominate and publish other areas of interest to them. Through this mode, applications could be submitted at any time of the year, and subject to a “challenge” period of 60 days.
A welcome relief, oil firms say of fuel excise tax freeze BusinessMirror 16th Nov 2018
OIL companies on Thursday welcomed the government’s decision to suspend the implementation of the second tranche of increased excise taxes on fuels effective January 1, 2019. The Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP), which is composed of Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell, Chevron, PTT Philippines and Isla LPG, said this is a welcome relief to consumers. “The government’s move to address the impact of inflation to our consumers and the general public is appreciated,” said PIP Executive Director Teddy Reyes.
Duterte gives go-ahead for halting 2019 fuel tax hike BusinessMirror 15th Nov 2018
THE government is holding off the increase in fuel excise tax of P2 per liter in 2019, as President Duterte has given his go-ahead to the inflation-busting recommendation of economic managers. Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said the President may issue an executive order (EO) or a memorandum circular (MC) to authorize suspension of the scheduled hike in fuel excise tax. Diokno, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia were informed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea that the President has approved their proposal in a memorandum dated November 8. Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi was also given a copy of the memo.
The sharing economy for energy is coming to Singapore Eco Business 28th Nov 2018
A local start-up is on the way to bringing peer-to-peer energy trading to Singapore, which its founder says will grow the renewable energy market in the sun-drenched island nation.
Incentives available to help green buildings Today Online 21st Nov 2018
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) engages the industry periodically to review and enhance the green buildings schemes.
Singapore to spend $10M on new urban technology ZDNet 18th Nov 2018
Singapore government has earmarked S$14 million (US$10.19 million) over three years to fund the development of smart estates and modern technology, such as energy efficient applications.
Singapore, US pledge to enhance ties in energy, cyber security The Straits Times 17th Nov 2018
Singapore and the United States are exploring new turf in their relationship as they reach beyond the traditional domains of defense and trade to grasp opportunities in areas such as driverless cars, energy and cyber security.
Singapore launches blockchain-based renewable energy marketplace PV Magazine 12th Nov 2018
Companies keen to offset their carbon emissions will be able to purchase renewable energy certificates at Singapore’s first blockchain-powered marketplace, launched by electricity provider SP Group.
How Singapore’s dynamic digital comparison platform Voltz is set to transform the electricity market The Straits Times 12th Nov 2018
Its online price comparison platform allows consumers and electricity retailers to make informed choices and bid — using real-time data.
Singapore takes the lead in embracing green energy across ASEAN: report Singapore Business Review 11th Nov 2018
Rising energy consumption and cost pressures continue to hinder the region's sustainability efforts, the report said.
Mega floating solar panel system to be ready in 2019 The Straits Times 10th Nov 2018
A floating solar panel system roughly the size of five football fields will soon come up near Singapore's northern shores, in the Strait of Johor.
PTT joins Sertis for smart building hub Bangkok Post 29th Nov 2018
PTT Plc, the state-owned oil and gas conglomerate, has teamed up with data consultancy Sertis Co to explore business opportunities for a new smart energy building complex, to move the country's energy industry towards renewables.
IEAT requests LNG demand for Map Ta Phut decision Bangkok Post 28th Nov 2018
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) is calling for the Energy Ministry to provide a demand projection for liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipped to the Map Ta Phut port.
PTTEP evolves with the times Bangkok Post 26th Nov 2018
Phongsthorn Thavisin was appointed chief executive of PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP), the SET-listed oil and gas drilling firm, in early October.
PTTEP hunts for resources as prices firm Bangkok Post 23rd Nov 2018
SET-listed oil and gas driller PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP) is embarking on a rapid expansion of new resources following recent investments and asset acquisitions.
Thailand keen to explore areas of cooperation in SCORE The Star Online 22nd Nov 2018
Thailand is keen to explore potential areas of cooperation with Sarawak, especially in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), said its Ambassador to Malaysia, Narong Sasitorn.
PTT revising investment to shore up oil risks Bangkok Post 16th Nov 2018
SET-listed PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, plans to revise its 340-billion-baht investment plan after considering the risk global oil prices bring to its future investments.
Power Surge Asian Legal Business 15th Nov 2018
As Thailand becomes one of the world’s first countries to trial blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer trading of solar power, regulators have their hands full drafting rules to catch up.
Thailand utility eyes 1GW of floating solar on hydro dams, pilots energy storage PV Tech 14th Nov 2018
State-run utility Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is planning to facilitate 1GW of hybrid floating solar-hydro projects across eight dams throughout the country. Thepparat Theppitak, deputy governor, power plant development and renewable energy, EGAT, announced the plans at the ASEAN Solar + Storage Congress & Expo in Manila, the Philippines, organised by Leader Associates.
ADB signs $227.7m loan deal for 2,500MW power plant in Thailand Power Technology 12th Nov 2018
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $227.7m loan deal with Gulf SRC Company to build a 2,500MW combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Thailand’s Chonburi Province.
ERC raising Ft rate by 1.2% to cover higher fuel costs Bangkok Post 9th Nov 2018
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will increase the monthly electric rate for January-April 2019 to 3.64 baht per kilowatt-hour, up 1.2% from 3.60 baht in the September-December period. Power bills have been stable over the previous four periods from September 2017 to December 2018, making it the first rise in 16 months, said ERC secretary-general Naruepat Amornkosit.
Vietnam's power sector needs $150 bln boost by 2030 - World Bank official Reuters 27th Nov 2018
Power-hungry Vietnam, one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies and a production hub for global companies such as Samsung Electronics, needs to raise up to $150 billion by 2030 to develop its energy sector, according to a World Bank official. Vietnam has been struggling to develop its energy industry due to a lack of state funds. The Southeast Asian country’s hydropower potential has almost been fully exploited, oil and gas reserves are running low, and Vietnam recently went from a net exporter to net importer of coal. “The financing requirements of the sector have been huge,” World Bank country director Ousmane Dione said in a speech to Vietnamese government officials and energy partners on Monday, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday.
More promising offshore energy Vietnam Net Bridge 27th Nov 2018
Vietnam’s huge potential in the offshore wind industry has caught the eye of overseas investors, but further work is required to kick-start the fledgling market, according to energy experts.
Energy sector faces big challenges ahead Vietnam Net Bridge 27th Nov 2018
The challenges the power sector needs to overcome over the next two decades are substantial to ensure it achieves its goals to provide sustainable, clean, affordable and reliable power supply to the people of Viet Nam.
VN has great potential for wind power development Vietnam News 24th Nov 2018
A project called “Support to the Up-Scaling of Wind Power in Việt Nam” has played an important role in promoting wind power investments in Việt Nam.
Petrol price falls sharply again Vietnam News 22nd Nov 2018
The retail price of biofuel E5 RON 92 fell by VNĐ975 to trade at a maximum of VNĐ18,627 (US$0.79) per litre at 3pm today, the Ministries of Industry and Trade, and Finance announced.
Vietnam's Ninh Thuan to hasten development of 748MW wind projects Asian Power 21st Nov 2018
Licences have been given to 12 of 16 planned wind power projects.
Vietnam should increase solar FIT to $0.15/kWh, report says PV Magazine 20th Nov 2018
According to a report published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), key factors such as the low-regulated price of electricity and uncertainty of the creditworthiness of Vietnam’s state-owned utility EVN are making it difficult to develop bankable solar and RE projects.
Vietnam, Russia aim to nearly triple trade to $10 billion by 2020 Euronews 19th Nov 2018
Vietnam and Russia on Monday agreed to nearly triple bilateral trade to $10 billion (7.7 billion pounds) by 2020 from $3.55 billion last year, while expanding energy ties.
ADB offers solutions for green finance in Vietnam Vietnam Net Bridge 17th Nov 2018
Considering the major barriers to financing renewable energy (RE) projects in Vietnam, researchers at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have recommended the Government establish more conducive conditions for private investment and strengthen the domestic funding environment through a functional financial market.
Vietnam to face gas shortage in 2020: MoIT Vietnam Net Bridge 15th Nov 2018
Viet Nam may have to import gas from 2020 to produce electricity for the country’s socio-economic development, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
Domestic, foreign investors run race to develop solar power projects Vietnam Net Bridge 14th Nov 2018
In the last couple of weeks, several solar power projects capitalized at trillions of dong have kicked off.