The inaugural meeting of the Sabah Energy Council outlines plans to tackle state’s electricity shortage

KOTA KINABALU : Sabah is looking at new renewable sources of energy to achieve a generation reserve margin of 30% and solve the state’s electricity shortage.

The Sabah Energy Council approved this initiative at its inaugural meeting on Thursday (6 June), which was presided over by Chief Minister Hajiji noor.

The council decided to conduct feasibility study on new energy sources, such as geothermal, low-head submersible, wind and hydropower.

The Energy Commission of Sabah’s (Ecos’) other proposals included an interim extension of existing viable power plants, buying power from biomass plants and completing ongoing large-scale Solar (LSS) project. Additional LSS projects were also proposed.

Ecos proposed to implement battery energy storage, add additional natural gas fired power plants for a transitional fuel and revitalize a geothermal facility.

The state’s energy generation efforts will also be supported by the completion of the Sabah Hydropower Development Master Plan before the end this year.

The state government, in collaboration with Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and the Federal Government, is currently exploring the possibility of using small modular reactors as part of its Sabah Blue Economy Plan. This follows the adoption by the state legislature assembly of the Otec Enactment 2020.

The Sabah Energy Council was chaired Hajiji and consisted of eleven permanent members. These included the Works Minister for the state, the Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship minister, the State Secretary, and permanent secretaries in state ministries and state finance ministry.

The State Economic Planning Unit director, the Sabah Maju Jaya Secretariat Chief Coordinating Officer, Ecos Chairman and the Chief Executive are also members of the council.

Members are the chief executives of Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC), SMJ Energy Sdn Bhd (SMJ) and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd.

The Sabah Energy Council (which replaced the Sabah Tariff and Electricity Supply Implementation and Planning Committee) was formed following the transfer of the power regulatory authority to Sabah from the Federal Government.

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