Malaysia aims for 40% of primary energy mix to come from renewables by 2035


Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah Yusof attended ASEAN Green Hydrogen Conference 2024 in Kuala Lumpur on May 13. (Photo: Fadillah Yusof's Facebook)

Malaysia government aims to ensure that 40% of the country’s primary energy mix comes from renewable sources by 2035, according to Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah Yusof.

This initiative, he explained, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million tons annually. He added that the Energy Transition and Water Transformation Ministry (PETRA) plans to increase the share of renewable energy to 100% by 2050.

"This effort is crucial to preserving environmental sustainability for future generations. It aligns with the government’s goal of generating 1.4 GW of energy from biomass and biogas by 2050.

"The energy sector contributes 29% to the GDP and employs a quarter of the workforce. Therefore, changes in the energy system will affect income, economic development, and the livelihoods of people who rely on affordable energy,” Fadillah stated during his speech at the launch of Malakoff Corporation's biomass co-firing project at the Tanjung Bin energy plant on May 26.

A solar farm in in Malaysia. (Photo: iStock)

Fadillah expressed his ministry’s support for industry efforts to explore new technologies, such as green hydrogen production, nuclear technology, and large-scale energy storage batteries.

"Adopting new technology will help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and decrease carbon intensity by 45% by 2030, in accordance with the 2016 Paris Accords and the National Energy Transformation Roadmap (NETR) launched last year,” he said.

Additionally, Fadillah mentioned that the government plans to implement third-party access in the national electricity supply industry starting in September this year.

"Third-party access allows other parties to supply energy directly to their customers without going through Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB). They can generate and supply power using TNB’s transmission lines. The government will officially announce this in July, with enforcement beginning in September,” he explained.

Fadillah said that the implementation of third-party access was originally scheduled in the NETR for next year. However, PETRA decided to expedite it due to high interest from foreign investors in building data centers in Malaysia, which require substantial energy resources.

The state-owned TNB is spearheading three large-scale renewable energy and clean technology initiatives under the NETR. (Photo: TNB)

230 MW hybrid hydro floating solar project

The state-owned TNB is leading the transformation of Malaysia's energy industry. The company has announced plans for Regulatory Period 4 (RP4) 2025-2027, featuring significant capital expenditure (CAPEX) to support the country’s energy transition and meet the projected increase in electricity demand. This includes a hybrid hydro floating solar project.

“We are prepared to implement exciting programs within NETR, ensuring Malaysia achieves its energy transition goals. With TNB leading the way, we are confident in fostering a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future for all,” said TNB President Megat Jalaluddin.

TNB is spearheading three large-scale renewable energy and clean technology initiatives under the NETR: Hybrid Hydro Floating Solar (HHFS), Centralized Large-Scale Solar (LSS) parks, and hydrogen and ammonia co-firing projects.

These initiatives aim to deliver over 3,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2040, including approximately 2,500 MW from HHFS technology and 500 MW from five LSS parks. TNB plans to install up to 230 MW of HHFS capacity at the Temenggor and Chenderoh hydro plants by 2025.

Source: The EdgeOffshore Energy

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