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Old March 19th, 2012, 01:03 PM   #101
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Time frame set for renewable energy to impact electricity supply
By YAP LENG KUEN Monday March 19, 2012
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...6&sec=business



We are looking at about three years to see how this RE is
performing especially with solar energy. — Datuk Seri Peter Chin


PUTRAJAYA: A three-year time frame is being set for renewable energy (RE) activities to kick off with expected higher funding and quotas.

“We are now at the stage of looking at this preliminary period in the implementation process,” Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin told StarBiz.

“We would like to see a higher level of RE being generated in the future. But it is better to be more cautious and look at what this preliminary process is like in our implementation and the administration process by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia). We have to learn from this preliminary phase before we proceed in a more aggressive manner.

“We are looking at about three years to see how this RE is performing especially with solar energy for which the cost of solar production is getting lower and lower.”

On the progress of the RE sector, Chin said: “We are restricted by the amount in the kitty called the RE Fund for which we can only collect 1% from each account holder of Tenaga Nasional Bhd. Therefore, the quota that is being created to implement this feed-in tariff has to be rather small.

“Because of that, it will take time for RE to really take effect in terms of the impact that it can create on the total electricity supply.

“If the fund is higher, the quota can be increased and more RE can be generated. That will be good for the country in terms of emission of carbon and the fact that RE is considered a cleaner source of energy.”

Currently, 398 applicants have received the feed-in approvals. Out of these, 71 have signed the standardised renewable energy power purchase agreements (REPPAs).

FIT payments can only be made to those developers who have signed the REPPAs and implemented their projects successfully.

Industry players suggest there should be a liability imposed on those who have not implemented their projects as money is a scarce resource.

“In fact, they should be relieved of their allocation so that others can take their place. Deadlines should be set for implementation; under the REPPAs, there may be deadlines stipulated but who is actually monitoring all this?” asked an industry player.

SEDA Malaysia acts as a one-stop centre to facilitate interested parties in all matters related to RE; it is also working with relevant training institutes to set up a centre of excellence for each RE source.

In terms of research and development, SEDA Malaysia is working on an R&D roadmap for RE.

It has also been tasked to raise awareness on RE; one main awareness programme that has been planned is a sustainable energy conference.
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Channel more to renewable energy fund, IPPs and utilities urged
By Ooi Tee ChingPublished: 2012/03/23
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PUTRAJAYA: Independent power producers (IPPs) and utility companies should contribute to the Renewable Energy (RE) Fund, a government authority said.

"It would be good to have IPPs and utilities companies setting aside a percentage of their profits to contribute to the RE Fund," said Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) chief operating officer Ali Askar Sher Mohamed.

Seda, a government agency under the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, is a one-stop centre that facilitates supply and use of RE in Malaysia.

When it comes to allocation of RE quota, Ali said Seda is restricted by the amount in the kitty called the RE Fund.

"If the fund is higher, the quota can be increased and more RE can be generated," he told reporters at Malakoff Corp Bhd's seminar on renewable energy and feed-in tariff here yesterday.

Also present was Seda chief executive officer Badriyah Abdul Malek.

Currently, electricity consumers in Peninsular Malaysia who use more than 350kWh or whose monthly bills exceed RM77 pay an additional one per cent RE levy.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) started collecting this money since December 2011.

Sarawak is exempted from the RE levy because under the Renewable Energy Act 2010, the FiT is only applicable to Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

The one per cent levy was initially expected to rake in about RM300 million a year to facilitate the implementation of FiT. But the situation has changed.

The Sabah state government has appealed to the federal government not to collect the one per cent levy from consumers there as it had only recently raised electricity tariff.

This means RE producers in Sabah cannot benefit from the FiT until the one per cent is collected by Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd, a 70 per cent-subsidiary of TNB, from heavy power users in Sabah.

Furthermore, in the first two months of this year, Badriyah claimed that Seda did not receive any money from TNB.

She said TNB had justified that not all consumers pay their electricity bills on time and in full amount.

TNB, however, had promised Seda that the first monthly payment is due on April 1 2012.

Since the RE levy collection is now narrowed down to heavy power users in Peninsula Malaysia and actual collection by TNB, Seda's initial estimate of RM300 million a year will now have to be lowered.

Badriyah said while waiting for the RE levy payment from TNB, Seda had started using a RM300 million grant from the government to kickstart the FiT.
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PM: Expand R&D on renewable energy
By SARBAN SINGH Wednesday March 21, 2012
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NILAI: The Prime Minister wants research bodies and institutions of higher education to collaborate with businesses and the Government to expand research and development in the field of green energy.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said they should also work collectively to commercialise their findings.

“I believe we need to move even more quickly on this issue and support from key industry players will be of paramount importance,” he said in his speech read by Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan at the launch of Cypark Resources Bhd Solar Park in Pajam near here.

The solar park project, which was part of an integrated renewable energy park, is the first Entry Point Project to be completed under the Economic Transformation Programme.

Najib said the Government was embracing green technology not only to conserve and preserve its resources but to ensure this could act as a new economic impetus for the country.

“By practising energy efficiency in our daily lives, we can work together to preserve the environment and energise the Malaysian economy towards becoming a developed nation by 2020,” he said.

Najib added that solar energy would contribute at least 65MW of the renewable energy target under the 10th Malaysia Plan at the end of 2015.

“The renewable energy target (by 2015) will be 5.5% of total capacity mix as against the less than one per cent energy mix today.

“By 2020, solar power is expected to contribute a minimum of 220MW as per the target under the National Renewable Energy Policy,” he said.
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Govt considering inclusion of wind and thermal as renewable energy sources
Wednesday March 21, 2012
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Clean resources: (from left) Chin, Lee, Shenzhen Timar Scenery Energy
chairman Lin Wen Qi and Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry senior
secretary (energy sector) Badaruddin Mahyudin at the signing ceremony.


PETALING JAYA: The Government is considering including wind and thermal in the country's renewable energy (RE) mix, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin.

“Under Seda (Sustainable Energy Development Authority), we had only included solar, biomass, biogas, and hydro (to generate RE).

“So now we are looking into wind as well as thermal,” he said after witnessing the signing of a technology transfer agreement for the maglev turbine system between China-based Shenzhen Timar Scenery Energy Technology Co Ltd and Timar Wind Solar Energy Sdn Bhd.

He added that the outlook for wind power was bright and wind power capacity was expected to achieve about 50,000MW this year.

In many parts of the world, Chin said, using wind for power generation was still a more cost effective option compared with solar.

With the commencement of the Renewable Energy Act 2011, feed-in-tariff system, and the setting up of Seda as the central authority for the RE industry, he said Malaysia's RE capacity was projected to reach 2,080MW by 2020, or some 11% of the total peak electricity demand.

Domestic RE generation could also prevent some 42 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 and create at least RM70bil in revenue from RE plants and over 50,000 jobs in the sector.

Meanwhile, Timar Wind Solar Energy chief executive officer Simon Lee said that for this year, the company would invest RM500mil in phase one of its energy production for both the local and South-East Asian markets. Its factory would begin operations this year.

Its factory would begin operations this year.
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Cypark units sign deal with TNB
Thursday March 29, 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Cypark Resources Bhd, through two of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Cypark Suria (Pajam) Sdn Bhd and Cypark Suria (Negeri Sembilan) Sdn Bhd has signed the renewable energy power purchase agreement (REPPA) with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for a feed-in-tariff (FiT) concession period of 21 years for electricity generated from its eight megawatts (8 MW) solar park in Pajam, Negeri Sembilan.

With the completed execution of the power purchase agreement by TNB under the Renewable Energy (RE) Act 2011, Cypark will be allowed to start exporting and selling its solar energy to TNB grid starting from 28 March 2012. Cypark will start receiving payment from TNB within 21 days after monthly billing is issued. The total green energy sales from the 8MW solar plant is about RM11 million annually.
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MIRI: This resort city stands to benefit from greater application of green technology as the country shifts gear towards its vision of becoming a high-income and developed nation.

The Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui was asked to comment on his plans for the city after flagging off SK St Columba joggerthon in the morning and joining its staff for breakfast.

“The application of green technology will help boost the city’s image as a resort city, which will also help the country realise its vision of becoming a high-income and developed nation,” said Chin when briefing the media after breakfast.

Chin explained that there were many ways to use green technology to benefit the city, such as using renewable resources and environment-friendly techniques.

“Miri will need a new central sewage system like the one being installed in Kuching,” said Chin who saw the need to replace septic tanks being used traditionally by every home and office in the city.

He noted that septic tanks require regular maintenance to remove the sludge that tends to accumulate over the years, while a centralised sewage system will eliminate such problems and produce cleaner discharge of waste water into the river.

He hoped that the city will have its own centralised sewage system in future, which is more efficient and cost-effective for the fast expanding urban population in the long run.

“We’ll have to work with the state government on this major project which will be good for Miri, especially with its fast expanding population,” said Chin who is looking into ways to upgrade the standard of living of city folk through his Ministry.

Meanwhile, he urged Miri folks to play their role as responsible citizens in keeping the city safe and clean, like disposing of rubbish properly and recycling.
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Green energy, bio industry to be mainstay of Seoul investment in Malaysia
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2012/04/02
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KUALA LUMPUR: Emerging industries such as green energy and bio industry will be the mainstay of investments from South Korea this year, said its ambassador Lee Yong-joon.

Already both countries have set up cooperation channels in green energy and nuclear energy sector for two years now.

Lee said the Malaysian economy has presented a unique window of opportunity for South Korea.

"So far Korea has been strategically positioned as a "fast follower" in the global market, having successfully grown the market share in semiconductor, display, cellular phone, automobile and shipbuilding.

"But now, we are to play a new game and we have no other options but to explore the innovative market as a frontier such as green energy, nano technology, bio industry and IT convergence."

In these areas, creativity and risk taking are essential elements. Finding the right global partners can be a good solution.

"Among Asean countries, Malaysia is the best partner possessing good purchasing power, adequate R&D capacity, well-developed infrastructure and access to abundant raw material," he said in response to enquiries by the Business Times.

According to the Korea International Trade Association, South Korea-Malaysia trade volume hit an all time high in 2011, with Korea's export and import value reaching US$6.3 billion and US$10.5 billion (RM19.34 billion and RM32.24 billion) respectively.


South Korea is part of the trillion dollar trade club since 2011.

As for investment, South Korea emerged as Malaysia's second largest foreign investor last year with a total investment of US$1.7 billion (RM5.22 billion) in 10 projects.

Since the "tide" of the ongoing debt crisis in Europe and spillover effect is till high, he felt both countries could still maintain a good momentum.

Trade is also set to grow, Lee said, adding that Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme, the Korean wave and the Korea-Asean FTA-related sectors will be the main driver of growth in addition to its traditionally strong IT and steel products.

Both countries are studying a scope for a bilateral FTA, he said, and the comprehensive study covers the possible economic effects and challenges of an FTA such as trade in goods and services, investment, cooperation and capacity building.

The trade ministries of both countries recognise the need to facilitate bilateral agreement in a more structured way and agreed to initiate work towards a roadmap for a mid- to long-term bilateral industrial cooperation between two countries.

The initial discussions will be held in April.

While these umbrella channels are launched, the private sectors of both countries are also invited so that they can develop their own projects of interest.

Describing the ETP as a good roadmap for Malaysian economic development, Lee added that the National Key Economic Area is also clear.

South Korea, he said, has made continuous effects to open its economy in spite of domestic opposition, and to participate in the global market.

"The ETP could act as a catalyst for broadening economic ties between the two countries in the services sector."

Many Korean companies in the services sector are looking for opportunities to expand their global operations.

Since he came to Kuala Lumpur, he has seen increasing number of South Korean companies expanding their presence in various sectors including construction, ban-king, mobile service, utility service and healthcare.

Commenting on Korean investments in Malaysia, he said investors were concerned about the gas supply, electricity tariff rate and labour productivity.

"The electricity tariff rate in Malaysia is higher than South Korea and can be discouraging news for potential foreign investors who intend to make investment in energy-intensive heavy industries."

Energy security is a challenging is-sue that can be a bottleneck to economic growth.

South Korea imports 97 per cent of its energy needs and it has successfully built a modern energy mix including nuclear energy to support economic activities.
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Green tech to play major role in Malaysia’s competitiveness
Friday - April 6th, 2012
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PETALING JAYA: The government foresees green technology playing a major role in ensuring Malaysia remains competitive in the international market as global demand for sustainable products increases.

“The government has made a conditional commitment to reduce Malaysia’s carbon intensity by 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020,” said Undersecretary of Sustainable Energy Division from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Che Zuriati Muda.

She told this to reporters after launching LG’s new energy savings home appliances here.

The new LG products include refrigerators with energy efficient innovation for lasting freshness, washing machines with six motion direct drive technology, lightwave convection oven and vacuum cleaners.

Che Zuriati said the government has undertaken various measures and initiatives to mitigate carbon emissions such as promoting the use of renewable energy and enhancing energy efficiency efforts.

“KeTTHA has initiated the Sustainability Achieved Via Energy Efficiency or SAVE Program that was launched on July 7, 2011 to encourage the use of energy efficient appliances.”

The programme included rebates of RM200 on the purchase of refrigerators, RM100 on air conditioners and RM200 per tonne of chiller for commercial use.

Meanwhile, Che Zuriati said the media should play their role to promote energy efficient products that provide more cost savings to consumers and industries. — Bernama
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Malaysia has potential in green technology sector
By ZAZALI MUSA Saturday April 7, 2012
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JOHOR BARU: Malaysia has the potential to become one of the global leading suppliers in green technology parts and components for green technology-based companies worldwide.

Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) general manager Thomas Brandt said however, not much had been done by the country to elevate itself to that position.

He said by now, there should be better coordination and concerted efforts between ministries and relevant agencies to promote Malaysia as a hub for greentech companies.

“The local small and medium-scale enterprises will benefit in terms of technology transfer from multinational corporations involved in greentech activities,'' Brandt told StarBizWeek after a briefing on the upcoming Intersolar 2012 here yesterday.

Brandt said Malaysia was the fourth largest producer of solar cells in the world although it had not been actively promoting solar power usage.

He said Malaysia's lack of commitment in this area had dampen the interest of many foreign greentech companies and investors. “If no immediate steps are taken to address the issue, Malaysia risks losing out to other countries in the region especially Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.''

He said Singapore was ahead in the region when it comes to the greentech industry, while Indonesia and Thailand were actively attracting foreign investors to their shores.

Barndt said the greentech industry was a multi-billion dollar industry as countries all over the world were now looking at new energy sources including renewable energy.

He said Malaysia could fully exploit solar power due to its sunny conditions and produce renewable energy from oil palm-based biomass. “Large plantation companies in Malaysia can become the new Petronas of the greentech industry,” added Brandt.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Intersolar 2012, which will be held in Munich, Germany is slated to be the world's largest gathering of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, utility and service companies in solar business as it expects the participation of 2,400 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors from 150 countries.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The 25th World Gas Conference and Exhibition (WGC2012) will be held for the first time in Southeast Asia, with Malaysia as the proud host.

Some 15,000 participants and trade visitors from the gas industry worldwide are expected to attend the conference.

National Organising Committee chairman Datuk Anuar Ahmad said WGC2012 will feature Malaysia's capacity as host of world-class event.

"The WGC 2012 will allow us to prominently brand ourselves with the leading energy players and top policymakers in the oil and gas arena, while giving us the opportunity to showcase the best of our own assets and achievements," he said.

Hosted by the Malaysian Gas Association, with the support of Petronas, this is the second time in the International Gas Union's (IGU) history, the event is held in Asia since the union was first registered in Vevey, Switzerland in 1931.

Anuar speaking to reporters after the soft launch of the conference here said, among the reasons that contributed to Malaysia's winning the bid to host the hallmark event is that Malaysia is the third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter and is ranked 15th of the largest gas reserves in the world.

"Being a gas producer, we have a role to play in order to champion the use of gas," he said.

Among the speakers for WGC 2012 are Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Peter Voser, Exxon Mobil Corporation chairman/chief executive Rex W Tillerson, China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) president Zhou Jiping; Statoil ASA president/chief executive Helge Lund, and GDF Suez chairman/chief executive Gerard Kirkland.

Meanwhile, Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim, president of the Malaysian Gas Association said that apart from addressing global concerns of energy security, economic growth and climate change, WGC 2012 is also an ideal platform for knowledge sharing and relationship buil-ding.

"IGU has developed a programme that encompasses a wide range of issues, opportunities and challenges faced by the industry," he said.

The event is scheduled to take place on June 4 to 8 next year at the International Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Natural gas crucial towards low carbon economy world
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 21, 2012): The role of natural gas as an enabler in steering the world towards a low carbon economy is undeniable in the future, International Gas Union (IGU) president Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim said.

He said natural gas stands out as the fuel of choice as rising energy requirements amid growing concerns over issues related to climate change and global emissions clearly favours the use of clean sources of energy.

To this end, he said the Malaysian Presidency of IGU was fully committed to promoting and enhancing the premium of natural gas as a source of clean, efficient and value-added energy to sustain future global growth.

It is projected that the world will consume 30-40% more energy by 2030.

Although significant efforts towards promoting renewable energy are being made, fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal, would continue to be the backbone of the world energy mix for decades to come, supplementing 70-80% of total global needs.

Malaysia would host 5,000 gas industry professionals to the 25th World Gas Conference & Exhibition (WGC2012), regarded as the "Olympics" of the gas industry, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from June 4-8, he said in a preliminary programme booklet on WGC2012.

Themed "Gas: Sustaining Future Global Growth," it would explore current issues and future trends within the gas industry at large, including concerns over energy security, economic growth and climate change.

Organised by IGU and hosted by the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) and Petronas, it is only the second time in its 80-year history that the world gas conference & exhibition is being held in Asia, a region fast emerging as the global centre for gas due to its robust economic growth and urbanisation.

Renowned speakers at WGC2012 include Peter Voser, the chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Karen Agustiawan, President Director and CEO of PT Pertamina and Christopher de Margerie, chairman and CEO of TOTAL. -- Bernama
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RM700 mil to install hybrid solar units in Sabah rural schools
Posted on 21 May 2012 - 07:13pm
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BELURAN (May 21, 2012): The government has allocated RM700 million for the implementation of the hybrid solar supply system for 179 rural schools in Sabah that have yet to receive electricity supply.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zakarshi said that out of the total, RM300 had already been spent for the first phase involving 78 schools which had been fully completed.

He said another RM400 million was for the implementation of the second phase of the hybrid solar project involving 101 schools.

"For the second phase, 64 schools had already been installed with the hybrid solar system while another 18 schools were in the process of implementation.

"It involves 13 schools in Beluran, three in Ranau, and one each in Kota Belud and Sipitang with the total cost for the 13 schools amounting to RM70 million," he said.

Speaking to reporters after opening the group general meetings of Umno branches in the Labuk state constituency, here today, he said the implementation of the hybrid solar system for rural schools reflected that the government took a serious view on educational aspects in the area. – Bernama
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Opportunities await local firms in renewable energy
Thursday May 31, 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Opportunities are abound in the renewable energy sector but local players need to understand the market and act fast to enjoy the rewards on foreign shores, said Khazanah Nasional Bhd investments executive director Shahazwan Harris said.

He said there was potential for Malaysian companies to be regional leaders in this area.

“They need to understand the market very well and need to be able to transfer knowledge, look at the technology and understand the risk,” he said at Invest Malaysia 2012 conference.

Shahazwan said the renewable energy market was growing and prices were coming down, thus providing opportunities for investors and players to make financial gains.

Photovoltaic modules manufacturer First Solar Malaysia Sdn Bhd senior director Ahmad Hadri Haris said Malaysia already had the know-how to capitalise on renewable energy at a global level.

“We can bring in the infrastructure solutions. We already have a track record in the Middle East and Asean,” he said.
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New era of energy solutions
Thursday June 14, 2012
By Joy Lee Photos by ROHAIZAT MD DARUS
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...2&sec=metrobiz



Looking forward : (From left) Rajan Moses as the moderator, Dean, CEO of
AirAsia X Azran Osman Rani and CEO of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia Mark Rozario
at the GE Innovation Day at KL Convention Centre.




Medical device: GE officers explaining the use of pocket-size visualisation
tools with ultrasound technology Vscan, which can potentially redefine the cardiac patient exam.




The future wave: Keen interest shown at the GE innovation booth
at the GE Innovation Day at KL Convention Centre.


Innovation is an important ingredient in boosting efficiencies and improving businesses. And for General Electric (GE), innovation is the bedrock to what it does.

“Solving the world’s toughest problems has always been our company philosophy,” said Stuart Dean, chief executive officer of GE Asean, at its GE Innovation Day held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at the end of May.

Since the establishment of a sales and service centre in Malaysia in 1975, GE has been actively partnering various government and private entities to fuel the growth of Malaysia’s infrastructure.



...

GE is also driving a global energy transformation with a focus on innovation and R&D investment to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology, considered the next phase in technology development.

...

GE has invested some US$5bil (RM16bil) in the first five years of its ecomagination R&D and is committed to doubling its investment over the next five years as well as increase its collaboration with partners to accelerate a new era of energy innovation.

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Siemens launches new green turbines
Friday June 15, 2012
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It says they can help cut CO2 emissions
PETALING JAYA: German power house Siemens believes its newly launched gas turbine SGT5 8000H for the green energy generation field will be able to help Malaysia achieve its goal of cutting 40% CO2 emissions by 2020.

The newly launched gas turbine is capable of supplying sufficient energy to a city of about 2.2 million people.

Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd president and CEO M. Prakash Chandran said South Korea would be the first to use the gas turbine in Asia and if Malaysia were to opt for it as well, it would be the first in Asean.

Prakash said Siemens had secured a contract in South Korea and others were in final stages of negotiations.

The first deployment of the new H class gas turbine will be at the LNG-fuelled Bugok site of GS EPS (Electric Power and Services) Ltd in South Korea.

The turnkey contract for the new project, an investment of about 460 billion won, was signed early last year and commercial operation is scheduled for August next year.

“We are capable to do full turnkey projects and a combination of solutions and systems to suit customer's needs,” said Prakash.

The issue of using coal-fired plants or gas is an ongoing issue in energy generation in Malaysia as gas is a depleting resource. However, Malaysia is not a coal-producing country.

The question of gas over coal is once again brought to the fore with the conclusion of the old power producing agreements signed decades ago and Tenaga Nasional and independent power producers are currently bidding to renew their power plant operating licences.

The Government is expected to announce the winning bids in October.

Aside from signing the pact, the IPPs had earlier agreed to lower their rates for 48 months under their current power purchase agreements should they succeed in their bids. The power purchase agreements expire in 2015.

Another matter of interest with regard to energy generation is tender for the construction of a new 1,000 megawatt (MW) power plant.

The award is expected to be out by end of this year. The Energy Commission is currently conducting another competitive bidding exercise for the planting up of a new 1,000MW capacity power plant for commissioning in 2017.

There would also be new tenders for additional 2,000MW for commissioning in 2018 and 2019, depending on the outcome of the current competitive bidding exercise, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said.

The construction of these power plants is to meet the growing electricity demands of Malaysian homes, offices and factories.

At the moment, the country's electricity is mainly generated by gas-powered plants. As at end of last year, it was reported that natural gas accounted for 60% of Tenaga Nasional Bhd's fuel mix to generate power but because coal, though it involves the burning of fossil fuels, offers a more economical proposition. Singapore and Thailand use predominantly gas to generate energy.

However, over the medium term, coal would play a bigger role in the country's power generation, he said.

Coal-powered plants can generate electricity at a lower cost compared with gas. With technologies available today, it is possible for coal-powered plant to be “green” as well.

“Coal will feature prominently in the future in the fuel energy mix,” he said.

Meanwhile, Energy Commission chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Tajuddin Ali said the first generation independent power producers (IPPs) were likely to be asking for lower returns in the renewal of their operating licences.

The IPPs, which were reported to be getting an internal rate of return (IRR) of over 15%, are believed to be looking at an IRR of about 10% this time around.
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Financing for solar panel system under discussion
By LEE YEN MUN Saturday July 14, 2012
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PUTRAJAYA: Homeowners may soon be able to obtain financing to buy and install solar panels in their houses to encourage the use of renewable energy.

Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn said it was negotiating with financial institutions to provide financing facilities for the purchase and installation of solar panels in residential units as well as training programmes for solar panel installers.

“We want Malaysia to come to a stage where our domestic market for solar power will grow and the industry itself becomes an important profession,” he said yesterday at a press conference held to promote the use of solar energy in residential properties.

Dr Fong said homeowners who install a solar panel system in their property are expected to recoup their cost of investment if they sell the energy produced to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

“A household can earn an average of RM500 a month over a 21-year period from the sale of solar energy.

“The cost for installing these green energy panels ranges from RM10,000 to RM12,000 per kilowatt,” he said, adding that the figure of RM500 is calculated based on energy produced on a four-kilowatt solar panel system.

Dr Fong also said that he was mulling over legal action against DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua’s allegation of irregularities in the award of approvals to produce solar energy.

“They called me a liar and incompetent. I have been informed by the legal advisers of the (Energy, Water and Green Technology) Ministry that they will study Pua’s statement and see if we can seek legal recourse.

“Calling a person a liar is a serious offence,” he said.

Pua had alleged that the daughter of recently retired chief secretary to the government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, had a large share in the newly-introduced renewable alternative energy scheme.
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Energy Ministry aims to use remaining RM700mil
Wednesday July 25, 2012
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Ahmad Zairin: ‘To date, we’ve approved 48 projects worth RM800mil.’

KUALA LUMPUR: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry expects to utilise the remaining RM700mil fund under the Malaysia Green Technology Financing Scheme by year-end.

Malaysia Green Technology Corp acting chief executive Ahmad Zairin Ismail said they aimed to exhaust the fund as there were over 100 local companies awaiting to be funded under the scheme.

“To date, we’ve approved 48 projects worth RM800mil.

“We’ve received overwhelming response from local companies for the scheme.

“We’re looking into the possibility of additional funds under Budget 2013, depending on the industry and local companies’ need,” he told reporters after launching the Conference Call of the International Green Technology Conference Malaysia and the GreenTech Awards here yesterday.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui is expected to open three-day event from October 10 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Chin said some 500 delegates from throughout the world were expected to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge at the conference.

“We’ve received positive response from local companies this year.

“Close to 200 booths have been booked so far, surpassing last year’s 120 booths,” he said.

Chin said the organiser would set up 600 booths for local and foreign companies this year.

The booths must be booked before end-September.

Through this conference, the ministry would like to foster the creation and development of a new cluster of green business initiatives for the green economy growth in this country.

“We hope our Malaysian entrepreneurs and businesses will grab this opportunity to find suitable partners and form smart alliances and partnership in green business,” he added. — Bernama
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Hospitals to go green to cut costs
By WONG PEK MEI Tuesday August 7, 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Major government hospitals will adopt green technology to lower their electricity bills by next year.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said 28 government hospitals would be adopting several energy-saving methods to reduce electricity bills by 10%.

“We found that these hospitals had electric bills of RM115mil per year. This does not include smaller hospitals as there are 135 hospitals nationwide,” he told a press conference after the “Promise Me 2012” campaign launch by Truly Loving Company Sdn Bhd here yesterday.

He said the hospitals would be using energy-saving air conditioning units and light bulbs.

Liow added that he would be announcing the names of the hospitals that have been selected to go green on a later date.

On another matter, Liow said the ministry supported the proposal to set up community clinics for psychiatric patients.

He said the clinics could help care for those who have recovered from psychiatric illness and that it was crucial to involve not only family members but also the local community in caring for them.

Liow added that there was such a clinic in Muar, operated by the Hospital Visitors Board, which had enabled psychiatric patients to fully recover and return to society.

“This will help reduce the stigma attached to psychiatric patients,” he said.

Liow said the Government had also implemented such a clinic in Putrajaya, where psychiatric patients could receive medical attention.

“We want to build more of such community clinics which are near hospitals that have psychiatrists next year.

“If anything serious happens to the patients, they can be referred to the hospitals,” he said.

He also urged the public to look out for signs of depression among family members.

“Those suffering from depression usually think they are just stressed. They usually want to be alone and take matters into their own hands.

“Family members have to detect signs or symptoms and get medical help to avoid the condition from getting worse,” he said.

On the issue of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, he said the ministry disagreed with the idea of extending patents for products from 20 to 25 years.

“During the discussion, the United States wanted to extend the patent for another five years but we disagreed.

“We have yet to come to a conclusion but the negotiations will continue on this matter,” he said.
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Solar power promoted at night market
by Salena Pail, [email protected]. Posted on August 29, 2012, Wednesday
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MIRI: Miri City Night Market will be lit with light-emitting diode (LED) under a pilot solar project in Sarawak.

Miri mayor Lawrence Lai said the initiative taken by Miri City Council (MCC) was meant to promote green technology like solar power.

“The LED lights are not only environment-friendly but cheaper particularly for stall operators at the night market,” he said yesterday.

The agreed to the proposal to use LED solar energy for the night market after reviewing the pros like less pollution.

“If the stall operators use generators for electricity, they will emit loud noise and smoke. The took the initiative to promote LED solar lighting for Miri City Night Market which starts operation this Thursday (Aug 30),” Lai said.

LED solar lighting will be convenient and cheap for stall operators renting each bulb for only RM1 per night.

Council has appointed Sunway Enterprise to provide LED solar lighting for Miri City Night Market.

“If the pilot project goes well, the use of LED solar lights will be extended to other night markets including Saberkas night market,” he added.

He revealed that, Sibu was also interested to take the same initiative for their night market.

Meanwhile, 165 lots have been approved for operation to revive Miri City Night Market along Jalan Brooke and Jalan Raja from 6pm to 11pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The night market is held in collaboration with Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dayak Chamber of Commerce, Miri Sarawak Bumiputera Traders Association and Miri United Hawkers Association.
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