Energy for All program faces even more delays

Maize waste is turned into fuel for electricity under the Mae Cham pilot project, part of the Energy for All program.

The Renewable Energy for All program faces another setback as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) invoked force majeure to postpone the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) between the government and companies that won an auction last year.

The PPAs were due to be signed yesterday between the winners and the state’s electricity distribution arm, the Provincial Electricity Authority, to kick off development of the power stations, which are expected to be operational within three years of signing.

“Due to unforeseen events that are beyond the jurisdiction of the Provincial Electricity Authority, the signing of the power purchase agreement cannot proceed as planned,” the ERC said on its website.

His announcement, signed by ERC Acting General Secretary Kittipong Pinyotrakool, said the signing would be delayed for 30 days.

Chatchaphol Prasopchoke, managing director and chairman of UAC Global Plc, said the delay stemmed from technical issues slowing down the State Council’s legal review process.

He hopes the issues can be resolved quickly, allowing the signing of the PPA to resume.

UAC was among 43 winners of an auction held in September last year.

The company has been granted the right to develop a 3 megawatt power plant in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.

Its proposed projects in Maha Sarakham and Roi Et, also located in the northeast, failed to win bids.

The winners are divided into two groups: 16 to develop biomass power plants with a combined power generation capacity of 75 MW, and 27 to build biogas power generation facilities with a capacity of 74.5 MW.

Launched in November 2019, Energy for All is designed for businesses and communities to jointly invest in biomass and biogas-fired power plants.

The regime has faced several delays caused by the pandemic, the cabinet reshuffle and the revision of its conditions and economic model.

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