Doubts raised as gov’t fast-tracks power projects

Going green: Solar energy is due to supply 31% of the national electricity demand by 2030
Going green: Solar energy is due to supply 31% of the national electricity demand by 2030

Government has decided to bring forward several power projects originally intended for the back end of the 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), raising some sceptical eyebrows in the local energy sector, BusinessWeek has learnt.

Although few details have been provided about the review of the IRP, it is understood the fast-tracking of several projects is in line with supporting the country’s energy transition from its current near-total reliance on fossil fuels such as coal.

The IRP, launched in December 2020, details six major renewable energy projects government intends to procure from independent power producers to cover the country’s electricity demand over the years to 2040.

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