Energy News
Dec 5, 2011 Slow-starting Renewables Tariff Delivers a Boom
Thailand has connected over 850 MW of very small renewable energy power plants (less than 10 MW capacity) to the grid in less than five years. There was just 16 MW in late 2005. Developers have signed further power purchase agreements with Thai electricity utilities for another 4 GW of very small power production. This highly successful scheme did not come out of a big vision... (Leonardo Energy)
Apr 1, 2011 Far too dear and dangerous for the Land of Smiles
It is easy in hindsight to see that the nuclear power plants in the Fukushima Daiichi had deadly flaws: essential electronic control panels in a room underneath the reactor building that flooded when the tsunami hit, and emergency diesel generators to supply electricity for cooling pumps that were unable to function when needed, because they were installed on low ground that also flooded. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 18, 2011 Wannarat: Nuclear safety needs serious review
Energy Minister Wannarat Channukul yesterday broke his silence on plans for Thailand's first nuclear power plant scheduled to operate from 2020, admitting the project should be reviewed by energy policy planners (Bangkok Post)
Dec 15, 2010 Thai-ed in knots
December, 2010: With 3 GW of solar farm applications, Thailand subtracts from its »adder,« bans new applications, and considers a feed-in tariff – maybe (PHOTON International)
Apr 29, 2010 Consumers to contribute to renewable energy fund
Power users will be charged more on their electricity bills next year to help the government develop green energy, says Direk Lavansiri, chairman of the Office of the Energy Regulatory Board. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 3, 2010 Renewable energy tariffs under review
Tariff incentives for producers of renewable energy will be revised soon as new technology has reduce production costs, according to the Energy Ministry. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 9, 2010 Activists argue that "dams will kill the mighty Mekong"
Chuenchom, speaking for a Thai NGO, said that forecasts of electricity consumption in Thailand are always higher than actual consumption because the forecasts are the justification for private, semi-private and state companies to implement more hydropower projects and make more profits. (VietNamNet Bridge)
Dec 18, 2009 B9bn solar-cell farm for Lop Buri 73-MW facility will be largest in the world
The Thai unit of Hong Kong-based China Light & Power (CLP) will join next year with Egco Group and Mitsubishi to invest in the world's largest photovoltaic solar-cell farm worth 9 billion baht, says managing director Woramol Khamkanist. (Bangkok Post)
Nov 8, 2009 Egat's N-power plans: a credit train wreck on horizon
On December 5, 2008, South Africa's national electricity utility, Eskom terminated the process of selecting a bidder for the construction of a planned nuclear plant because the project was "too financially risky for the utility". The decision is one that the Thai government and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand should consider closely as Thailand ponders nuclear power. (Bangkok Post)
Jul 29, 2009 Egat Set to Spend on 250 MW of Renewables Bangkok, Thailand
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is ready to spend THB 22 billion [US $644 million] on the establishment of renewable-energy-driven power plants with a combined capacity of 258megawatts (MW). Egat will use its own cash flow to fund project development. (Renewable Energy World)
Jul 23, 2009 Power to the People
For years, the field of national energy planning has been the exclusive realm of a tightly knitted group of technocrats. The majority of the Thai public simply accepts whatever figures and interpretations cited to them in the justifications for ever-rising electricity bills, the construction of huge power plants, the importation of more and more electricity from our neighbours, the privatisation of state enterprises in charge of energy supply, and last but not least, the introduction of nuclear energy. Due to a lack of information in such technically loaded terrain, most Thais feel the experts must be right, that their forecasts of the country's future demands for electricity must be unquestionably prophetic and in line with national interests. (Bangkok Post)
Jun 10, 2009 Govt can purchase all 'clean power'
In this year's first quarter, 1,265 very small power producers proposed selling a combined 6,300MW to the system. Of that, 3,352MW would be contributed by biomass, 2,947MW from solar power and 841 megawatts from wind power. (THE NATION)
May 1, 2008 Biofuels in Burma
Biofuels have long been hailed as a solution in the fight against global warming and increasing scarcity of petroleum. But recently it is becoming increasingly clear that unless sufficient precautions are taken, biofuels can snatch food from the mouths of the poor and can be a human rights disaster. Nowhere is this truer now than in Burma. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 3, 2008 Face Off: The Nuclear Debate
Thailand has embarked on a three-year study to determine whether nuclear power should play a role in the country's future. As expected, proponents and opponents of the strategy have strong opinions. We asked two prominent figures on each side of the debate the following five questions. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 28, 2008 Poonpirom Wants to Make Thailand World-Class 'Green Energy' Hub
Thailand is developing a master plan to build the country into the world's second largest green energy producer after Brazil. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 11, 2008 Our greener energy future
To cope with high oil prices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Thailand must pursue four options: development of renewable energy, energy efficiency, nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage. (Bangkok Post)
Jan 16, 2008 For common good or common greed?
At the start of 2008, the Ministry of Energy approved four new mega-scale Independent Power Producers' (IPPs) power plants totalling 4,500 megawatts (MW). This was 71% higher than the already excessive 3,200 MW announced in the call for bids. In the past, these massive coal- and natural gas-fired projects have met with fierce community opposition. (Bangkok Post)
Jan 10, 2008 PTT pipeline deal facing questions
The government should revoke PTT's rights to its natural gas pipeline in light of last month's Supreme Administrative Court ruling, according to civic groups. (Bangkok Post)
Dec 19, 2007 The Story of Stuff: Internet Site of the Week
As the year winds up and a new one is about to begin, it is a good time to reflect on things - and where better to begin to think long and hard about where "consumerisation" is taking the world than to visit "The Story of Stuff" (http://www.storyofstuff.com). (Bangkok Post)
Dec 11, 2007 A kinder, less violent energy
Lord Buddha preached compassion, loving kindness and non-violence to all people and living beings. How might we make Thailand's environmentally harmful and conflict-ridden power system kinder, gentler and less violent? (Bangkok Post)
Dec 8, 2007 Four companies win IPP bidding
Four companies belonging either to Japan's sole wholesale power utility, Electric Power Development, or to J-Power, Glow Energy and Advance Agro have won contracts to build Bt102 billion worth of power plants. (The Nation)
Dec 1, 2007 The Growing Trend Against Coal-Fired Power Plants (USA)
The past year has witnessed a remarkable and growing rejection of efforts to increase the USA's reliance on coal as a source for power. ()
Nov 25, 2007 Combined heat and power plants kept out of climate-change debate
After his engaging talk at The Nation's "Asia's emerging response to climate change" conference on Friday, I congratulated Energy Minister Piyasvasti Amranand on the ministry's reopening of the Small Power Producer (SPP) programme. (The Nation)
Nov 4, 2007 Plan for massive dam on Mekong
The Energy Ministry is conducting a feasibility study on the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River which could be opposed by countries downstream. (The Nation)
Nov 2, 2007 Egat mulls Cambodian power project
Investors from China have courted the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) over a joint investment in a US$4.5-billion (Bt153 billion) power-plant project in Cambodia, Egat deputy governor Sombat Sarntijaree said yesterday. (The Nation)
Oct 29, 2007 Egat urged to assess impact of Burma dams
The National Human Rights Commission has completed an initial environmental and social impact study of a controversial hydro-power dam project on the Salween river. (Bangkok Post)
Oct 29, 2007 Villagers prefer energy-efficient policies
Hilltribe villagers who will be adversely affected by the planned construction of a series of dams on the Salween river have called on the government to scrap the projects and adopt their energy-efficient practices in developing a national energy policy. (Bangkok Post)
Oct 17, 2007 Wind dominates US power development queue
More wind power is now in the queue for development within North America's organized markets than any other generation source, according to a report by regional grid operators. (Renewable Energy World)
Aug 9, 2007 Naval base proposed as site for nuclear plant
The armed forces have offered a naval base in Chon Buri as a possible site for a nuclear power plant if other sites face opposition, a source said. (Bangkok Post)
Aug 7, 2007 Target set to churn out 100 MW from city garbage by 2011
The Energy Ministry aims to turn 10,000 tonnes of garbage per day into 100 megawatts of electricity by 2011 as government incentives will be extended to projects that generate electricity from urban solid waste. Energy Minister Piyasvasti Amranand said producers would be offered maximum promotional privileges from the Board of Investment and soft loans provided by commercial banks. (Bangkok Post)
Aug 7, 2007 A mushrooming need to go nuclear
Just as flower bouquets, cheers and joy greeted the heaven-bestowed bloodless coup last September, the military government's shrewd policy to support nuclear energy development was greeted with exhilaration and celebration among the Thai citizenry. (Bangkok Post)
Jul 23, 2007 Japan's Nuclear Blunder
The Japanese nuclear industry is under fire. The sector there has been attacked for years for documented lax safety procedures. But it was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that set off radiation leaks and flames that is prompting the latest surge of scrutiny. (Energy Biz Insider)
Jul 9, 2007 Thailand set to buy hydropower from China in 2014
Thailand plans to buy 3,000 megawatts of electricity from China to meet the country's increasing demand, Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary Pornchai Rujiprapa said Monday ()
Jul 1, 2007 Burma Plays Nuclear Card
Burma's confirmation of plans to build a 10-megawatt nuclear reactor with the help of Russia's federal atomic energy agency Rosatom has created nervousness and anxiety among Burma observers. (The irrawaddy News Magazine Online Edition)
May 22, 2007 First as tragedy, second as farce
When Karl Marx prophesied 150 years ago that ''history repeats itself,'' he wasn't talking about human rights abuses in Asia. But today his words resonate as we face a nearly identical repeat of Southeast Asia's most unconscionable ''development'' project, right next door in Burma. And the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) is again poised to be complicit in human rights abuses. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 15, 2007 A DIFFERENT END OF THE POWER LINE
When Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) officials proclaim that some 2,800 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be available in the near future from the construction of hydroelectric dams along the Salween River inside Burma and on the Thai border, and some other 920 MW from the Nam Thuen II dam in Laos, they make no mention of the disruption these dams will cause to the human beings who live in these areas. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 15, 2007 Public input lacking
Manas Kaewlom and some 600 of his neighbours from Huay Yang village and nearby communities in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Thap Sakae district never wanted to come to Bangkok, but the news that the Ministry of Energy (MoE) would conduct a public hearing on energy planing and the new Power Development Plan (PDP) prompted them to make the trip in a caravan of rented buses. Manas said that what drove him to come to a city where he feels he doesn't belong was the news that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) had planned to build more coal-fired power plants in his area. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 11, 2007 Energy plan has drawbacks
The 15-year Power Development Plan (PDP) approved by the National Energy Policy Council on Monday will leave the country too dependent on natural gas for electricity, leading to possible supply shocks and price spikes in the coming years. Though nine plans were presented, the council chose the path of least resistance in approving one in which natural gas will fuel more than 70 percent of new capacity from 2012 to 2021. Coal will generate a mere nine percent, with nuclear comprising 16 percent although it will take at least 15 years to build a nuclear plant. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 10, 2007 Power planners fail to see the light
On March 28, The Nation reported that more than 16.4 million Thais are now living in areas at risk from rising sea levels and intense cyclones linked to climate change. (The Nation)
Apr 4, 2007 ELECTRICITY / VERY SMALL POWER PRODUCERS
The Energy Ministry has revived a plan to buy electricity from very small hydropower producers by including them in the government-sponsored Very Small Power Producers (VSPP) programme, which aims increase the incomes of communities with small electricity plants. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 3, 2007 Open discussion on energy needed
Ten days ago the Ministry of Energy announced a plan to initiate a large-scale public relations campaign that includes changing school curriculums to ''educate'' children on the ''merits'' of coal and nuclear mega-projects to meet Thailand's alleged vast future demand for electricity. Then key power-planning documents were removed from the ministry's website just as the ministry announced that the long-awaited public hearing on its Power Development Plan (PDP), scheduled for April 3, would be held in a military compound surrounded by over a hundred armed soldiers. Perhaps we are moving in the wrong direction. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 22, 2007 Coal and nuclear PR could start in schools
The government plans to embark on a large-scale public relations campaign that may include adjusting school curriculums in an effort to win public support for nuclear or coal-fired power plants in the coming years, according to Norkhun Sitthipong, the Energy Ministry's permanent secretary. ''Nuclear power is unavoidable, but it takes time,'' he said in an interview. ''We need at least seven years to change laws and regulations and get approval from the International Atomic Energy Association. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 10, 2007 Calling off IPP bids 'could put supply at risk'
Postponing bids to construct new electricity plants under the independent power producer (IPP) programme will put the country's electricity supply stability at risk, according to Viraphol Jirapraditkul, director of Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO). He was responding to a suggestion made at a public hearing on Thursday that the IPP bids be postponed until a new independent energy regulator is in place under a planned energy business law. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 9, 2007 Academic says IPP bids should be postponed
The government should delay implementing a new 15-year power development plan (PDP) and postpone bids to construct new independent power producer (IPP) plants until an energy regulatory board has been formed, an energy expert said yesterday. Setting up an energy regulator would be in line with the planned new energy business bill, said Chuenchom Sangarasri Greacen, an independent academic. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 10, 2007 Wind power may come to South
Three Thai energy companies and a Japanese operator are teaming up to pioneer a 1.8-billion-baht wind-power project in southern Thailand. (Bangkok Post)
Jan 15, 2007 More coal in the country's power future
Thailand will definitely commit to more coal-fired power plants in the future under plans outlined by electricity policymakers. (Bangkok Post)
Dec 16, 2006 Energy companies wary of bidding process for new power plants
Energy companies yesterday expressed concern about the potential risks to investment in new power plants, citing the developments in the iTV case as an example. (The Nation)
Dec 8, 2006 B1bn to promote use of renewable energy
The Energy Ministry has set aside a fund of one billion baht to support the projects to produce electricity from renewable energy sources under the Very Small Power Producer (VSPPs) Programme. (Bangkok Post)
Nov 21, 2006 Incentives for very small power projects
The Energy Ministry is offering incentives to very small power projects (VSPPs) to sell their output into the national grid. (Bangkok Post)
Nov 8, 2006 As Climate Changes, Can We?
If there were any remaining doubt about the urgent need to combat climate change, two reports issued last week should make the world sit up and take notice. First, according to the latest data submitted to the United Nations, the greenhouse gas emissions of the major industrialized countries continue to increase. Second, a study by a former chief economist of the World Bank, Sir Nicholas Stern of Britain, called climate change "the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen," with the potential to shrink the global economy by 20 percent and to cause economic and social disruption on par with the two world wars and the Great Depression. ()
Oct 20, 2006 Minister Anticipates Resistance to Change
Oct. 20--Dealing with expected oil price increases and resistance from labour groups will hamper new Energy Minister Piyasvasti Amranand's ability to overhaul the country's energy policy during his one-year term, he said in an interview (Bangkok Post)
Aug 9, 2006 Democrats say Thai energy policy must be improved
Energy policies in Thailand need to be revamped, with regulatory powers separated from existing state monopolies and ''windfall taxes'' imposed on operators to help ease public impact, according to Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the Democrat Party. He said past and present policies by the current caretaker government had resulted in distortions in electricity and energy prices and excess charges for consumers. (Bangkok Post)
May 5, 2006 New call to scrap dams after geologist loses leg
Opponents of the Salween hydro-power dam projects and the Karen ethnic group have renewed calls to scrap the projects after an Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand official was injured by a landmine at one dam site in Burmese territory. On Wednesday, Egat geologist Chana Mongplee stepped on a landmine at a campsite set up by Egat staff, who are working on feasibility study for the Hutgyi dam, opposite Mae Hong Son province. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 11, 2006 PTT to separate gas pipeline units this year
Fearing that it will face the same fate as Egat Plc, PTT Plc has pledged to separate its gas pipeline operations this year and has reiterated that there were no conflicts of interest regarding its privatisation. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 2, 2006 Energy Forecasts are Unrealistic
Since Thailand's present capacity for energy production is more than adequate, there's time to plan for power projects which leave a light footprint on the land and the people, writes SUPARA JANCHITFAH (Bangkok Post, Perspectives)
Apr 2, 2006 Proposed major dams on the Salween River
Energy Minister Viset Choopiban signed an agreement on May 30, 2005 with the Burmese Ministry of Electric Power to conduct a feasibility study on the multi-billion-baht venture on the Salween River. Minister Viset said a total of five hydropower dams can be built on the river with a combined capacity of 15,000 Megawatts. The four proposed dam sites are... (Bangkok Post, Perspectives)
Mar 31, 2006 Energy expert calls for PTT power curbs
PTT Plc's power to expropriate land for natural gas pipelines should be returned to the state, an economic expert has recommended. The government should also form a regulatory body to oversee land expropriation authorisation, said Piyasvasti Amranand, the chairman of Kasikorn Asset Management. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 28, 2006 PTT case was 'properly managed'
The privatisation process of PTT Plc, formerly the Petroleum Authority of Thailand, was properly managed, says Piyasvasti Amranand, a former top energy technocrat. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 27, 2006 Mighty mice: The most powerful force resisting new nuclear may be a legion of small, fast and simple microgeneration and efficiency projects
Two men on a wild and barren plain suddenly spy a huge bear charging towards them. One man immediately starts putting on his running shoes. "How futile!" the other exclaims, "you'll never outrun that bear!" His companion drily replies: "I don't need to outrun the bear." (Energy Pulse)
Nov 17, 2005 Court short-circuits giant Thai energy IPO
BANGKOK - Ending weeks of speculation, the Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday delayed plans for the state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to privatize, putting on hold a 31 billion baht (US$753 million) initial public offering (IPO). It would have been the largest share issuance of a state enterprise to date in Thailand. (Asia Times Online)
Nov 16, 2005 COURT FREEZES IPO: PM dealt Egat blow
Share sale delayed, overseas road-show called off, privatisation program in doubt while court assesses decrees. The Supreme Admin-istrative Court yesterday put the brakes on the public sale of shares in Egat Plc, dealing a severe blow to the Thaksin government's privatisation programme. (The Nation)
Nov 15, 2005 DECISIONS ON EGAT LISTING, SCHOOL TRANSFERS: It 's make or break day
The Supreme Administrative Court will make a landmark ruling today on whether an injunction will be issued to halt the initial public offering (IPO) of Egat shares in the wake of mounting public opposition by civil society groups. Egat Plc, formerly the state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, is scheduled to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand tomorrow. (The Nation)
Nov 15, 2005 Egat investors forewarned
Pressure groups warn their fight against the listing of Egat Plc ``to the bitter end'' will jeopardise the potential for share profits and shrewd investors will steer clear. The organisations sent letters to most foreign missions in Thailand urging them to pass on the message to prospective investors in their countries that buying Egat shares, due for an initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday and Thursday, might not be a wise investment move. (Bangkok Post)
Sep 13, 2005 Renewable energy use could bring rewards
The government is revising rules for very small power producers (VSPP) to reward production of electricity from renewable sources. Metta Buntherngsook, director of the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO), said the proposal, to be forwarded to Energy Minister Viset Choopiban for official endorsement, would increase the allowable purchase of renewable energy from one to six megawatts. (Bangkokpost)
Aug 26, 2005 Ft to Remain High to Ensure Profitability
The fuel adjustment tariff, known as Ft, will be restructured to ensure that Egat Plc reaches its revenue projection and to create more transparency for investors ahead of the privatisation of the country's largest utility, the National Energy Policy Committee said yesterday. (Bangkok Post)
Aug 16, 2005 The public interest, and the pursuit of profit
One of the key mechanisms to enhance consistency and accountability of decision-makers in the energy sector is to have a separate, dedicated body which is responsible for regulatory decisions. Experiences across countries indicate that the institutional structure of a regulatory body separate or independent from the concerned energy ministry, leads to increased transparency and public participation in the energy sector decision-making. (Bangkok Post)
Aug 14, 2005 Phoenix firm to build huge solar farm
A Phoenix company signed a landmark deal with a major utility in California to develop the world's largest solar power facility. Stirling Energy Systems Inc. and Southern California Edison have entered into an agreement that would create a 7-square-mile solar farm in Southern California that by 2011 could power nearly 280,000 homes a year. Construction cost is estimated between $2 billion and $3 billion. (The Business Journal of Phoenix)
Jun 30, 2005 A gamble that leaves us holding the bill
The hope that the scheme will pay off is based on the assumption that lots of cheap hydropower will be built in Laos, Burma and Yunnan. The problem is that no one knows what these hydropower projects will really cost. (Bangkok Post)
Jun 28, 2005 MEA, PTT Hook Up for Power Generation
The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and PTT Plc agreed yesterday to co-invest in a combined heat and power (CHP) system, hoping to supply both electricity and chilled water to customers in the power utility's service area. (Bangkok Post)
Jun 1, 2005 Net Metering Project Promotes Renewable Energy Generation in Thailand
Net Metering Project highlighted as US-AEP success ()
Mar 6, 2005 Energy policy opening to the public
The government's sluggish pace on implementing alternative energy policies is causing citizens to take a more active role (Bangkok Post)
Mar 6, 2005 Reconsider energy solutions
In the years to come, the Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) will certainly face a tough task if they plan on continuing to supply the nation's energy by constructing more and more mega projects. (Bangkok Post)
Oct 20, 2004 Green' hypermarket shaping up
At first glance, Bangkok's latest Tesco Lotus outlet on Rama I Road in Pathumwan looks just like any of the dozens of others that the British retailer has built _ a low-rise concrete block painted creamy white with large plate glass windows all around. But from a bird's-eye view, the building's high-tech touches become visible. Slightly over half of its roof area, about the size of three football pitches combined, is covered with hundreds of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy panels. (Bangkok Post)
Jun 14, 2004 Solar alternative gets a second look
With the impact of oil prices likely to be seen soon in consumers' electricity bills, attention is focused once more on finding other sources of energy. There has been much talk about alternative fuels such as gasohol, liquefied petroleum gas and bio-diesel from coconuts and palm oil. But these too depend on finite resources. The sun provides the only free, clean and limitless energy. (Bangkok Post)
Apr 9, 2004 EGAT researching in Micro-hydroelecticity
Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT) with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology of North Bangkok is developing and building micro-hydroturbines which can harness water in existing irrigation weirs to generate electricity. In the next 2 years, the first 10 kW micro-hydroturbines will be produced as planned. (KomChadLuek)
Feb 13, 2004 New Generators for Biogas 5 folds cheaper than imported ones
Two brothers of Charoemchaivinijkul family have developed electricity generators using biogas as their fuel. The latest one they invented produces 330 horsepower, able to run continuously 8-10 hours per day and its cost is incredibly 5 times cheaper than imported generators. A pig farm in Prachinbuti is testing the engine. (Kom Chad Luek)
Nov 8, 2003 Dept. of Energy Business proposes time reduction in concession application process for renewable energy generators
To support the use of renewable energy, the Department of Energy Business (DOEB), proposed the time required to apply for a concession to generate electricity be reduced for renewable energy generators. This will encourage more investments in electricity generation business. (Bangkok Business News)
Oct 1, 2003 Thai power: Net metering comes to Thailand
Thailand has recently introduced net metering legislation that provides streamlined procedures for small renewable energy generators to connect to the grid, and guarantees both a market and good prices. The new laws create income opportunities for rural communities based on locally produced, clean, renewable energy supplies and offer significant potential to reduce Thailand's dependence on imported oil and coal. (ReFOCUS)
Sep 30, 2003 A dream house for the future
In a gated community just outside the teeming megalopolis of Bangkok, Soontorn Boonyatikarn's three-bedroom home appears much like any other, with the solar panelling on the roof the only hint that something out of the ordinary lies beneath. Soontorn calls this home a blueprint for sustainable living in the tropics: the unassuming house is 15 times more energy efficient than its neighbours, produces enough surplus electricity to power a car and creates its own water-supply and cooking gas. (Bangkok Post)
Sep 22, 2003 Community micro-hydroelectricity ready to sell but stumped by legal hurdles
Mae Kampong Electricity Cooperative had successfully connected its micro-hydroelectricity to the grid of Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in a trial run and was ready to sell its surplus energy to the utlity. But some existing laws prevent the cooperation from earning 10,000 Baht a month from the potential sale. (Prachadharma News)
Mar 1, 2002 US Utilities hook up to biogas
US utilities are hooking up to biogas generation from anaerobic biogas digestors. Pennsylvania Power & Light, Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric and Portland General Electric are plugging into energy from livestock waste -- and cleaning up the enviroment and providing income to rural farmers at the same time. (BioCycle Journal of Composting & Organics Recycling)
Oct 30, 2001 Biogas Stops Thais From Turning Up Their Noses At Pig Farms
Not too long ago Somchai Nitikanchana, the proud owner of 40,000 pigs, was an unpopular guy in his neighbourhood. Six years ago, tired of being the local pariah in Paktho, Ratchburi province, 100 kilometres west of Bangkok, Somchai looked into a new technology promoted by Chiang Mai University that promised to take the stink out of pig farming, and create some biogas in the process. (DigitalJournal.com)