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The 3rd International Sustainable Energy Summit 2016 (ISES 2106), Malaysia: Democratising Electricity Supply

Putrajaya,  5-6 April 2016 – The 3rd International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES), being a biennial event, was first inaugurated in 2012 as a knowledge-sharing and networking platform in fulfillment of the Strategic Thrust 5 of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Malaysia.

Co-organised by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia (SEDA) and Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (MEGTW), the focus of ISES 2016 was “Democratising Electricity Supply”, in order to further develop the electricity supply system, hence providing options and choices to electricity consumers as well as supporting rural electrification. Malaysia has prioritised renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency to promote the dual global agenda of mitigating the effects of global warming and addressing energy security issues.

The Feed-in Tariff Mechanism (FiT), which is being implemented since 2012 in Malaysia, has a total RE capacity of 1,185.85 MW, of which 334.03 MW have achieved commercial operation. Beyond FiT, Malaysia is expanding to Large Scale Solar (LSS) and Net Energy Metering (NEM) as options to increase RE injection to the Malaysian fuel mix to achieve the 25.3% RE. Malaysia also introduced the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (2016-2025) and currently, SEDA is developing the new “National Sustainable Energy Roadmap” to chart the nation’s RE journey until 2050.

The agenda for the two-day summit comprises a keynote forum on “Enabling Policies to Democratise Electricity Supply” chaired by the MEGTW Minister. Various panel discussions took place in the summit including discussions on topics such as sharing countries’ perspectives in rethinking the future of energy, policy tools and resources as well as Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mechanisms to drive energy demand management. The summit was concluded with a round table on financing models for sustainable energy projects.

Mr. Thomas Chrometzka, the Director of Renewable Energy for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Bangkok, held a presentation at the panel discussion, “Countries’ Perspectives: Rethinking the Future of Energy”.  His presentation titled “Developing Community-based Business Models to Enable Prosumers” gave insight into GIZ’s experience with the Thai government to jointly develop RE projects for the local community. The project managed to find business models for the local community that enable them to own and operate RE facilities independently, thus  transforming them from energy consumers to energy prosumers.