Malaysia postpones biodiesel mandate rollout to 2022 – state media

February 18, 2021

Dateline 2021-01-08,

Malaysia will delay the nationwide rollout of its B20 palm oil biodiesel mandate to early 2022 to prioritise an economy that has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, state news agency Bernama reported late Thursday.

The mandate to manufacture biofuel with a 20% palm oil component – known as B20 – for the transport sector was first rolled out in January last year, and was set to be fully implemented across the country by mid-June 2021.


Malaysia to allocate another 500 MW of rooftop PV under net metering

February 17, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-01, pv magazine:

Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) has begun accepting applications for the Net Energy Metering 3.0 program (NEM 3.0) today.

The new scheme replaced the NEM 2.0 program that was introduced in January 2019 and expired at the end of 2020. The 500MW quota under the NEM 2.0 scheme was fully subscribed by the end of December. “All existing NEM 2.0 draft applications that couldn’t secure quota by 31st December 2020 will be removed from the dedicated platform during the maintenance period,” the Seda specified.

The NEM 3.0 program will be in force until the end of 2023 and will be aimed at allocating 500 MW of rooftop PV capacity.

KeTSA introduces three initiatives to encourage use of solar PV

January 4, 2021

Dateline 2020-12-29, The Edge:

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry (KeTSA) is introducing the Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 programme to provide an opportunity for more users to install the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs of their respective buildings for electricity bill reduction.

Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said NEM3.0 would offer a quota of 500 megawatts (MW) from 2021 to 2023.

The NEM 3.0 programme involves three initiatives – Program NEM Rakyat, Program NEM GoMEn (Government Ministries and Entities) and Program NOVA programme (Net Offset Virtual Aggregation).

Successful NEM2.0 is a testimony to Malaysia’s renewable energy drive

December 31, 2020

Dateline 2020-12-24, EdgeProp:

The 500MW quota up to year 2020 under the Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM2.0) programme has been fully taken up as at end-November, one month before its scheduled end date of Dec 31, 2020.

The programme’s success is a testimony to Malaysia’s efforts in driving renewable energy initiatives under its commitment on environment conservation.

NEM2.0 is the second generation of the NEM programme, a solar PV initiative executed by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia under the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) with the aim to promote renewable energy.

All registered Tenaga Nasional Bhd customers in Peninsular Malaysia in the residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors can take part in the programme.

Human Writes: We are paying for electricity that we don’t use

December 16, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-22, The Star:

Psst, Malaysia, wanna save more than a billion ringgit a year? We surely need to save money what with the government’s debts and liabilities rising to record highs due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every year, folks, we lose at least RM1.2bil in energy industry deals, observers say. We have way too many power plants. Our capacity to generate power (which we pay for) is way more than the maximum power used (peak demand) – a difference known as the “reserve margin”. The 2021 margin is set to be 48%, says a report by an energy planning body in the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry (specifically, the Planning and Implementation Committee for Electricity Supply and Tariffs, known as JPPPET, its Malay acronym).

The RM1bil loss is calculated on the excess above retaining a 25% reserve margin. But many other countries keep much lower reserve margins, at 15%.

Asean ministers set 35% target on renewable energy

December 15, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-20, The Malaysiain Reserve:

ENERGY Ministers in the Asean region have agreed to set a new target of 35% renewable energy (RE) in installed power capacity by 2025.

This aim was made following Malaysia’s proposal for the region to set a target for RE in installed power capacity by 2025 during its tenure as the chairman of the Renewable Energy Sub-Sector Network (RE-SSN) from 2018 until 2020.

“Malaysia’s effort has come to fruition when ASEAN Energy Ministers agreed to set a new target of 35% RE in installed power capacity by 2025, which Malaysia believes will contribute to achieving ASEAN’s target of 23% of RE in Total Primary Energy Supply in 2025.

KeTSA: National Energy Awards 2020 Winners Announced

December 13, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-19, Acrofan (who?), and I see Top Glove is up there, pre-Cooties scandal:

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the National Energy Awards (NEA) 2020. 30 from the total 110 participants of the NEA were selected as winners of NEA 2020 through a rigorous evaluation process involving a panel of professional and experienced judges which comprises three categories: Category 1 – Energy Efficiency, Category 2 – Renewable Energy and Category 3 – Special Awards.

The participants of NEA 2020 comprised organisations that have transformed their operations or buildings to be more energy efficient and/or those that have successfully implemented renewable energy systems to reduce carbon footprint. KeTSA remains committed in honouring Malaysia’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and believes that support from industry players in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency is pivotal to achieve the country’s commitment.

RE adoption by O&G companies to slow amid low oil price

November 21, 2020

To sound like a broken record, how do I get into this gig?

Dateline 2020-10-30, Malaysian Reserve:

RENEWABLE energy (RE) projects in Malaysia led by oil and gas (O&G) players are expected to decelerate due to high gearing amid low oil price environment.

AmInvestment Bank Bhd (AmInvest) analyst Alex Goh said Yinson Holdings Bhd is the only party — among local service providers — that has taken the plunge by investing US$30 million (RM124.8 million) for a 95% equity stake in Rising Sun Energy Pte Ltd, which has a 160MW solar farm in Bhadla Solar Park Phase II in Rajasthan, India.

“Nevertheless, we envisage a slow adoption of renewable projects by local O&G providers given that a large segment is currently burdened by high gearing amid a low oil price environment,” Goh said in a report yesterday.

Plans unveiled for Malaysian hydrogen project

November 18, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-28, H2 View:

ENEOS Corporation, SEFC Energy and Sumitomo Corporation have announced a joint plan to establish a hydrogen supply chain using renewable energy in Malaysia.

The three companies have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project, with plans to commence a feasibility study in January 2021.

Announced last week, the hydrogen supply chain under consideration will involve the production of tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2-free hydrogen at a hydroelectric power station in Sarawak, Malaysia.

FGV installs its biggest renewable energy biogas power plant in Pahang

November 17, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-28, Malay Mail:

FGV Holdings Bhd’s (FGV) recently installed a biogas power plant at its Triang palm oil mill in Bera, Pahang, the company’s biggest renewable energy biogas power plant to date.

In a statement today, it said the plant has an installed capacity of 2.4 megawatts (MW).

“FGV’s Triang biogas power plant is successfully commissioned and fully-operational after receiving the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Completion Date (FiTCD) from the Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) on October 20, 2020,” it said.