Energy Planning: Energy Efficiency Measures in Malaysia

Sustainable use of energy has been emphasized in Malaysia’s development plans and supported by Government initiatives. Constant efforts have been carried out throughout the years to reduce the country’s dependency on its finite sources of thermal power. Environmental considerations are also increasingly being taken into account in the formulation of more recent policies.

Malaysia has several measures implemented to deal with energy efficiency, which have been translated through national policies and regulations such as the National Energy Policy, Electricity Supply Act, Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulation 2008, and the National Energy Efficiency Master Plan which is supposedly in its final stages of formulation.

I particularly like the Fifth Fuel Policy, which was introduced under the 8th Malaysia Plan (8MP) between 2001-2005 because it established Renewable Energy (RE) as the Fifth Fuel to be included into the national energy mix – which used to be comprised only of oil, gas, coal and hydro.

As a result, the Small Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) was launched to encourage and intensify the utilization of RE in power generation. Under this programme, small renewable energy power generation plants can sell up to 30 MW of electricity that has been generated to the utility through the Distribution Grid System. The renewable energy sources that have been identified under this programme are biomass, biogas, solar, mini-hydro and solid waste.

Then under the latest 10th Malaysia Plan (2011), Malaysia set a target to derive 5% of its energy production from RE by 2015. This has led to Government-provided incentives such as feed-in tariffs (FiT) which have been incorporated into the electricity tariffs to support the development of RE.

In my opinion, the measures adopted by Malaysia to become more energy efficient has evolved with time and has been refined to reflect the Government and people’s changing awareness and attitudes on energy security and the importance of energy-saving.

I feel that more knowledge on this important issue needs to be transmitted to the general public, especially the youth and the rural communities. I think that a country cannot truly advance its goals for energy efficiency without engaging the people to participate in its efforts. The people play a major role in reducing energy consumption and preventing waste of energy where possible, as they are, after all, the consumers. I believe that Malaysians already understand the importance of energy efficiency and living more sustainably, but I hope that as responsible citizens,  we will try to place our knowledge of what we know into daily practices and good habits.

As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said,

“Our planet can no longer withstand man’s unsustainable consumption and wastage. It’s our moral responsibility to bequeath to our children a more pristine and healthy planet.”(quote sourced from Bernama.com)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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