InfoQuest, (October 31, 2019) -- The Energy Policy and Planning Office attaches great importance to smart grid development and has incorporated it into the national electricity development policies, said Mr. Wattanapong Kurowat, director-general of the Office. The Office held a seminar with a theme of "(Electricity Grid)- Future-Oriented Power System" on October 30. It hoped to help the public and all parties concerned to understand the role of smart grid technology in promoting the overall development of the power sector, and the policies on improving power generation efficiency in accordance with Thailand's power development plan. The goal is to run the power system with less resources.
"More power generated by renewable energy will enter Thailand's power production system via smart grids in the future. The Ministry of Energy has drawn up a master plan for smart grid development, which is mainly divided into four phases, namely, the preparation phase (2015-2016), the short-term phase (2017-2021), the medium-term phase (2022-2031) and the long-term phase (2032-2036). The plan aims at establishing a stable and sufficient grid system," said Mr. Wattanapong.
The National Energy Policy Committee (NEPC) and the cabinet approved the Thailand Smart Grid Master Plan 2015-2036 on February 16, 2015 and March 17, 2015 respectively. The master plan sets out the overall policy and direction framework for the development of smart grids in Thailand to urge the three relevant power agencies--the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), as well as the private sector to determine the direction of investment and development in accordance with the development framework set by the state.
The goal of the plan is to create Smart Life and Green Society through Smart System to help reduce the demand for backup power plants, power outages and power transmission loss. Smart Life aims to modernize and facilitate people's daily life through future energy technologies. As for Green Society, the aim is to increase the proportion of renewable energy in the power system to more than 15 percent, and to develop micro-grid system to promote the sustainable development of community energy.
The seminar was held to publicize the smart grid development master plan that has been incorporated into the Power Development Plan 2018 to enhance the understanding of the pubic on this issue. The Office also plans to hold more seminars in Bangkok and other regions to help the public and all parties concerned gain a picture of future power policies, plans and development direction of the country.
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