Electricity production

Chinese dams and the Mekong drought

The latest reports from the Lower Mekong Basin are cause for growing concern that another period of drought will succeed that of 2019, affecting Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Expected rainfall from late May through June and July has not arrived, and the level of ...

Agencies told to find ways to mitigate Laos dam impact

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon urged authorities concerned to discuss and find ways to mitigate the possible environmental impact from the Sanakham Dam project in Laos in the upcoming scheduled public hearings.“[The committee] is concerned about the impact of the dam, as it is located ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

MEA opens solar power buy-back scheme from customers

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) will let type-1 electrical users (residential customers) who have installed solar panels on their house roofs to sell electricity left over after personal use back to MEA to generate household income.The MEA announced on its Facebook on Thursday (July 30) ...

The Nation Reporter

Rethink 'Asia battery' plan

Two years ago this month, the villagers of Attapeu in southern Laos encountered their worst nightmare when the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam, which was under construction, failed. Massive torrents of water swept through several villages, causing 71 deaths, heavy damage to properties and left around ...

Cleaning up the Energy Ministry

Since the resignation of Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, the vacant post has been highly sought after by ambitious power brokers not for its budget, one of the smallest in government, but for its control of lucrative energy contracts plagued by graft and corruption.A running joke ...

Yuthana Praiwan

Energy Ministry plans to buy solar energy generated by public under new project

The Energy Ministry aims to launch a new public solar energy project with an annual target of 50 megawatts and the pilot phase to be completed in 60 days, Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said.“The ministry will work with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand [Egat], the ...

The Nation Reporter

Energy minister comes up with plan to spark economy

Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong has come up with a plan to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and plans to propose it to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Thursday (June 25).Sontirat said this plan will help accelerate investments, such as community power plants to ...

The Nation Reporter

Thai NGOs Urge Government Not to Buy Power from Sanakham Dam in Laos

A dam planned for construction by Laos on the Mekong river will have negative impacts not only on Lao villages but also in nearby Thailand, a coalition of Thai environmental groups says, adding that the government in Bangkok should cancel plans to buy electricity from ...

Egat puts together delay plan for SPPs

State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to discuss the possibility of delaying the commercial operation dates (COD) of small power producer (SPP) plants.The SPPs currently under development by private firms in Thailand have a total capacity of 8,765 megawatts and the firms have ...

Yuthana Praiwan

Asian Development Bank signs US$7.2m loan for Thailand wind-plus-battery project

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan deal for its first wind energy-plus-battery storage project in Thailand, which is also the country’s first private sector initiative to combine the two technologies at scale.The ADB told this morning that it will lend THB235.55 ...

Andy Colthorpe

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