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Govt pledges increase in renewable power production

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Govt pledges increase in renewable power production

 

BANGKOK, 19th July 2018 (NNT) - Minister of Energy Siri Chiraphongphan, has announced the ministry’s plan to increase the proportion of renewable electricity to 30% in the next 12 years. 

Mr.Siri on Wednesday said that, at the initial stage of the plan, solar power from households will be used as the main source of power for electricity generation under the Alternative Energy Development Plan. Under the plan, the proportion of electricity from renewable energy sources will rise to 30%, or around 20,000 megawatts, in 2030 from 14.5% at present, he said. 

The costs of production of alternative energy power are lower than in the past three years, particularly the cost of solar power. The minister therefore expressed his confidence that in the future, the alternative energy power price will be close to its LNG-powered counterpart. 

Regarding the rumors of bribery in the construction of a thermal power station, the minister said initial investigations suggest that the rumors had nothing to with the power plant construction, but they might concern the transportation of parts for some power plants. He minister said he had ordered an investigation to find out which power plants were involved in the matter.

 
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26 minutes ago, webfact said:

Regarding the rumors of bribery in the construction of thermal power station ........he had ordered an investigation to find out which power plants were involved

No need to investigate. Accept it as fact that bribery and extortion exists in every dark corner of Thai  public administration and/or commercial practices and that includes approval and construction of power plants.

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2 hours ago, Chris Lawrence said:

Elon Musk may have had success with his visit to Thailand?

I sincerely hope you're not referring to "rumors of bribery in the construction of a thermal power station"?

I can feel a Twitter post coming on, regarding age.

 

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Solar gets better and cheaper.  It pays to assess its cost and efficiency several times a year, not on some long winded road map.

 

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1 hour ago, yellowboat said:

Solar gets better and cheaper.  It pays to assess its cost and efficiency several times a year, not on some long winded road map.

 

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A problem for the end user who generates the solar electric power is when it must sell it to the electric utility. Obviously, the end user electric generator must sell for more than its levelized energy cost (LEC) that includes the panel costs and the balance of system to collect, manage and deliver the electricity to the utility grid.

 

From Sales of rooftop solar power to begin in Thailand (September 2017)"

"Initially, the purchasing rate that the state utilities will pay for surplus solar power from residents will be below 2.6 baht per kilowatt-hour, cheaper than the fossil-based power Egat sells to consumers, which is about four baht per kilowatt-hour." (my underline)

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2110147/sales-rooftop-solar-power-begin-thailand

If enough end user household generators (tens of millions?) sell solar electric power to the utility, they may cause an overall lower LEC for the utility such that it could pay more to the end user generator to provide greater than a breakeven LEC. But with the current megawatt electric energy capacity from coal, natural gas and hydroelectric energy sources, the lowering of LEC from households in Thailand likely will not be substantial enough to make solar power worthwhile to households.

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I would just be happy with a reliable electrical supply,

that does not go off when it rains,or a mouse farts in

the garden,looks like it's going to be raining in a while

and off it will go again.

 

regards worgeordie

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12 hours ago, bluesofa said:

I sincerely hope you're not referring to "rumors of bribery in the construction of a thermal power station"?

I can feel a Twitter post coming on, regarding age.

 

Not at all. The general has outlawed that type of thing.....or was it straws...…..or plastic bags. Hope Benny got a new watch.

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If they expect householders to opt for solar power and sell to the grid, they have to do 3 things -

 

1. Legislate so that 'barriers' raised by PEA to buying domestic production are removed.

2. Pay a decent price (see 1)

3. Allow a free market in installing grid connections (see 1). (it is a joke that you can get a grid tied solar system installed in the UK for less than you can in Thailand).

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