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Renewables to eat up 21% of Thailand’s energy mix by 2028

Strong government support is pushing reliance away from natural gas-fired power. The capacity of non-hydro renewables may expand to 21% of Thailand’s total power capacity mix at 14,858 MW by 2028, according to a report by Fitch Solutions. The report forecasted capacity growth in the renewables sector to be robust over the coming decade driven […]

Indonesians enjoy cheaper gasoline ahead of election

State-owned energy holding company Pertamina lowered the prices of its subsidized and non-subsidized gasoline by up to Rp 800 (6 US cents) per liter on Sunday, a move some consider political ahead of the presidential election in April. Although proposals to lower or increase fuel prices are made by Pertamina or other fuel distributors, they […]

Building a green Singapore

In the concrete jungle of the Central Business District, a red flower-like structure stands out against the skyline. Called a wind scoop, it perches atop the 40-storey CapitaGreen and its “petals” draw in cooler, cleaner air that is funnelled through the building’s air-conditioning system, helping to save energy on cooling. It is among the energy-saving […]

Singapore’s electric vehicle ambitions receive boost as Dyson enters fray

The British manufacturer is aiming to roll out an EV model by 2021. The decision by British billionaire, James Dyson, to migrate his company’s automotive manufacturing headquarters from Wiltshire, England and into tiny Singapore deals more than a blow to the weakening West as it reiterates the inexorable shift in power towards Asia. A vocal […]

Maintaining stable petroleum market

The world oil market suffered from unpredictable developments last year. Geopolitical instability in the Middle East, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cut supply, and the trade war between the US and China have resulted in turmoil in the market. After falling prices in the first two months of 2018, the world crude […]

Ministry implements first phase of NEP

According to the National Electrification Project (NEP), the ministry has started implementing the first phase of power supply project to electrify 5,080 villages with a two-mile radius of the national power grid, in January, 2019, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy Win Khaing. Upon completion of the first phase project, about 626,757 households in […]

DOE reaches out to university students on EPIRA law implementation

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Feb. 10 — The Department of Energy (DOE) held the first leg of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns for the year on the implementation of Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) yesterday (7 February) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The DOE-Electric […]

Power cooperatives waive collection of bill deposits

MANILA, Philippines — Ten power coops have waived the collection of bill deposits as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) revisits its rules. They comprise five electric cooperatives (ECs) in Luzon, two in Visayas and three in Mindanao. The five Luzon-based ECs are Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc. (Beneco), Lubang Island Electric Cooperative, Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative, […]

How do electricity retailers charge lower prices than SP Group? 5 questions answered

SINGAPORE: With the roll-out of the Open Electricity Market in November, consumers now have more choice and many have been paying less for their electricity. But people also wonder if this is tenable in the long run and why SP Group, formerly the sole retailer of electricity in Singapore, could not offer the same discounts as […]

Hold-ups in green energy investment

During his recent field trip to the south-central provinces of Binh Thuan and Khanh Hoa to explore the potential for renewable energy development, Bruno Angelet, Ambassador and head of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam, told VIR that Vietnam boasts great potential to develop wind and solar power projects. “The EU is greatly interested in […]