Sabah needs energy plan, says group

Posted on February 23, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah needs a comprehensive energy plan to power the state into becoming a major green energy user and provider, an environmental protection group here said.

The Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) suggested that the Federal Govern­ment form a special task force towards this direction.

The task force could study all energy options and draw up a master plan to capitalise on the large green energy sources available in the state, Sepa chief Wong Tack said.

The association made the suggestion following a decision by the state and Federal governments to stop a controversial 300MW coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu in the interest of Sabah’s eco-sensitive environment.

“Sabah can take the lead in developing its green energy now that the five-year hiatus over the coal power issue is over.

“We should move forward with a new chapter and avoid making drastic decisions,” Wong said at a press conference here yesterday.

“We should now look at strategic planning and strategic analysis on the right energy use for the state,” he added.

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