Don’t goad Malaysia to set too high a target for renewable energy: Minister

May 12, 2021

Dateline 2021-04-06, The Star:

Industry players should not urge Malaysia to set too high a target for renewable energy (RE) without thinking about the cost of electricity supply that consumers have to bear, said Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.

In planning the country’s electricity supply, he said the government had taken the approach to balance the three elements in the energy trilemma – guarantee of energy supply, affordability and sustainability.

He said the government had set a RE target of 31 per cent of the generation capacity for 2025, hence, the electricity sector is expected to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions by 45 per cent for the period.

Cover Story: Malaysia still needs to incentivise solar adoption

May 3, 2021

Dateline 2021-04-01, The Edge:

THERE was a rush to install solar panels on commercial premises last year, as rumours started circulating that the government would no longer provide one-on-one credit for the Net Energy Metering (NEM) programme.

According to Steven Chiew, the founder of Next Energy, the rush for the rooftop segment at the end of last year was because the quota for NEM2.0 had almost been taken up. A lot of businesses wanted take advantage of the one-on-one credit benefit as it has been proven to reduce electricity cost.

B20 biodiesel mandate in Malaysia expected to absorb one million tonnes of CPO, says industry expert

April 2, 2021

Gosh darn it, when is this B20 mandate arriving, it been delayed a number of times? And are diesel vehicle warranties going tits up?

Dateline 2021-03-23, The Edge:

The B20 biodiesel mandate in Malaysia is expected to utilise over one million tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO), said Malaysian Biodiesel Association (MBA) president UR Unnithan.

The implementation of the mandate to roll out B20 — biofuel with a 20% CPO component — for the transport sector has been delayed to December 2021 in Peninsular Malaysia.

It has already been implemented in Sarawak since September 2020 and is scheduled to be rolled out in Sabah in June 2021.

MB: Johor govt to lobby Putrajaya over in-limbo RM1.4b Pengerang solar project

March 29, 2021

I guess Tuanku is really pissed off:

Dateline 2021-03-018, Malay Mail:

The Johor government will push for federal government approval for the proposed RM1.4 billion Sultan Ibrahim Solar Park in Pengerang as it is seen as beneficial to the state.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state government will likely request for a special allocation for Johor to develop the solar park.

“We will propose to the Energy Commission of Malaysia as soon as possible for Johor to be given a special allocation quota.

Net Energy Metering 3.0: New Rooftop Solar Initiatives

March 22, 2021

Dateline 2021-03-03, Lexology:

On 30 December 2020, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (‘KETSA’) announced the introduction of the Net Energy Metering 3.0 programme (‘NEM 3.0’). This announcement is pursuant to the 500MW quota under the previous Net Energy Metering programme (‘NEM 2.0’) being fully taken up as of 27 November 2020. NEM 3.0 introduces three new initiatives which are considered below.

Southeast Asia’s biggest solar energy park coming up in Johor

March 16, 2021

What exactly can you do at SE park? Have you been to your local cogen electricity park lately?

Dateline 2021-02-28, FMT:

Johor is set to become a major producer of eco-friendly energy in Southeast Asia with the opening of a RM1.4 billion solar energy park in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi.

The park, named after Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, will be the biggest of its kind in the region with a capacity of 450MW, the ruler said today.

He said the solar park is the first large-scale private investment project secured by the state for 2021 and was a result of his efforts to encourage investment and economic development for the state.

Petronas CEO says important to diversify into renewable energy

March 8, 2021

You know how I feed about PETRONAS using their size to bully and monopolise their way into businesses that are outside their original raison d’être:

Dateline 2021-02-21, Malay Mail:

Renewable Energy (RE) is without a doubt the future in energy consumption and mix and a much debated topic not only in Malaysia but also globally as it needs the right policies, infrastructures, and funding.

In a no holds barred interview on the issue, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) president and chief executive officer Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz shed some light on how Malaysia’s only Fortune 500 company is gearing up to future proof itself.

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).