Green technology to power 11% of electricity generated nationwide by 2020

Posted on September 29, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star- MUAR: A target has been set for 2080 megawatts or 11% of all the electricity generated nationwide by 2020 to be sourced from environment-friendly renewable energy, said Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

This was in line with a framework of the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak which gave emphasis to the use of such energy, he added.

“Although the application of green technology is still new in our country, we should not lag in taking advantage of opportunities to introduce green technology products,” he added.

Chin said this in a speech at the opening of a new building of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Jalan Temenggung, Muar, by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, here yesterday.

The text of his speech was read out by the deputy minister, Noriah Kasnon.

Also present were the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.

In Kuala Lumpur, Chin said public consultation was crucial before the country decide on having a nuclear power plant.

He added that a timeline from now until 2015 had been set to have nationwide consultations on the proposal.

“At the end of the day, if the public does not wish for a nuclear reactor, we will respect that decision,” he told reporters at the National Water and Utilities Summit here yesterday.

On another matter, Chin said Malaysians might have to bear with higher water tariffs in the future.

He added that state-owned water utility operators needed to repair or replace old water pipes, in which a substantial amount of expenditure would be needed.

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