Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sabah not ready for implementation of Feed-In Tariff (FiT) system

In March this year, Business Times reported that "the Sabah government has verbally agreed" to the collection of 1% Renewable Energy (RE) levy on heavy energy users in the state.

Also, it was understood that Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry was "waiting for the official letter from the Sabah state government" to allow TNB to collect RE levy.

Fast forward to today, we are still waiting for signature of the Chief Minister, Datuk Musa Aman. It is the waiting game that've probably led SESB to make the assumption that Sabah is not ready for implementation of FiT here.

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This is what Bernama news portal reported last month:
September 19,2013 (Bernama)

Sabah is not ready for implementation of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) system to encourage consumers to use renewable energy (RE) as no firm decision has been made by the state.

The Senior General Manager (Assets Management) Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), Ir Ahmad Fuad Md Kasim said discussions were still ongoing with the state government, to determine the method of implementation as well as payment.

"Discussion are still at a preliminary stage and no firm decision has been reached on its implementation, including the means to develop RE at present," he told reporters at a briefing and dinner with chief editors and bureau chiefs in Sabah, here Wednesday night.

Ahmad Fuad said generally, the potential of RE and its availability in the country - including in Sabah - from sources such as biomass, biogas and solar energy had been identified.

The government has also identified the FiT mechanism to improve mixed capacities for electricity generation from RE. The target for such generation from RE sources is 985MW by 2015 or a contribution of 5.5% of the overall mixed supply.

TheGreenMechanics' two cents:

I think we are ready. But if the leaders think we are not, then it is just sad that there will be no effort towards bringing the FiT system here as the desire is not there in the first place.

Like the Malay saying "Kalau hendak seribu daya, kalau tak hendak seribu dalih", if we want it, we will surely work hard (and put aside some fund from the government coffer) to make it happen.

Ref: Bernama

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