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E. Asia experts promote use of alternative energy
Publication Date : 10-09-2013
Energy experts from the East Asia region kickstarted discussions yesterday on the implementation of policies and regulatory frameworks to promote grid-connected tariff frameworks and solar energy.
On the first of the two-day "Renewable and Alternative Power Generation Workstream" workshop held at The Rizqun International Hotel, government and private sector representatives from the East Asia Summit countries (Asean + 8) discussed and shared experiences and lessons learned in implementing policies and regulatory frameworks to promote grid-connected solar PV (photovoltaic) projects as well as in undertaking specific project development.
The workshop is the first of seven "work areas" under the Renewable and Alternative Power Generation work stream of the East Asia Summit Energy Cooperation Task Force (EAS ECTF), which serves as a platform for sharing experiences, draw best practices and provide policy recommendations to scale-up investments in renewable energy power generation.
Results from the workshop will serve as inputs to the best practice guidelines to be developed by workstream co-chairs and submitted to the EAS ECTF.
Yesterday's sessions include overviews on the state-of-the-art technologies on renewable technology and grids, solar energy frameworks and support mechanisms and feed-in tariff design and procedures.
The feed-in tariff framework is a system which allows consumers with eligible renewable electricity generators to be re-paid for the renewable electricity they produce.
The smart grid system is a digitally enabled electrical grid that gathers, distributes, and acts on information about the behaviour of consumers and suppliers, and thus responds to the information, in order to improve efficiency, importance, reliability, economics, and sustainability of electricity services.
The sessions were presented by invited speakers from East Asian countries that have successfully generated significant private sector investments on grid connected solar projects and introduced policies and regulatory frameworks.
Leading the discussions was Hj Jamain Hj Julaihi, the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office.
In his opening remarks, Hj Jamain said that cooperation between the private and public sector can play a huge role in achieving the region's green growth aspiration and commitment, where governments can create an enabling environment, including introducing proper policies and marked mechanism, which could then engage the private sector who can provide the necessary financial resources and implementation.
"This workshop is one small step to achieving this cooperation a platform where best practices and experiences can be shared, which would result in common policy recommendation and principles for use by the countries of this region," he said.
With the region's primary energy requirement projected to double between 2012 and 2035, the permanent secretary said, the challenge to ensure a secure supply while committing to the international goal of limiting the long-term increase in global mean temperature would require not only to generate, transmit and use energy more efficiently but also to expand the proportion of energy generated from new and renewable sources that are environmentally friendly and socially acceptable.
He said that Brunei recognise the needs to undertake measures in the earliest stage to ensure a long term energy security and environmental sustainability, despite being comfortable with its current energy and development scenario.
"Towards this, we have taken initial steps to identify the potential of alternative sources of energy. A feasibility study on developing the alternative energy sources in Brunei has been conducted," he said.
"We are committing to increase renewable energy share in our energy supply mix by at least 10 per cent by 2035 on top of our target to reduce our energy intensity by 45 per cent in 2035 with 2005 as the base year," he said.
The workshop continues today with an experience sharing session on solar PV projects from various countries and propose recommendations to enhance and improve policies.
The workshop is organised by the the Energy Department at the Prime Minister's office and the US Department of Energy, in partnership with the Brunei National Energy Research Institute.