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15 July 2009

Mott MacDonald reports Thailand renewable energy programme sets world class standard

Mott MacDonald has completed a report on Thailand’s eight-year programme working to promote the renewable energy sector, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented through the Energy for Environment Foundation. On behalf of GEF, Mott MacDonald’s team evaluated whether the project met its original objectives. The project’s success has been found to be remarkable, being seen by many in the industry as significantly influencing renewable energy promotion in the country.

Dr Gene M Owens, Mott MacDonald’s project director said, “We are delighted to have conducted this report for such an important renewable power programme for Thailand. Renewable power in Thailand is a fast-increasing part of the power generation mix. It is anticipated that the majority of near-term renewable energy in the country will be generated by biomass-fuelled projects. This was a significant project for the country in terms of making information available and influencing government policy to support renewable energy in Thailand.“

He continued. “Our report demonstrates how the project has led to the progression of renewable energy policies and regulation in the country as well as specifically contributing towards setting the ‘adder’ tariffs for wind, solar and biomass energy, a technology-specific concessional premium to the relevant wholesale tariff rate. Our analysis will lead to recommendations for other future GEF-funded activities and projects. We hope the success of this world class project will lead to replication, with similar programmes being carried out in other ASEAN countries.”

The report was submitted in June 2009.

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