MIRI — The Sarawak Government has yet to decide on whether to enforce the Renewable Energy Act which was passed in Parliament in April, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said here Tuesday.

He said the state prefers to study the progress of the act’s implementation in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia before making a decision.

“We would not be able to “force” Sarawak to accept this RE (Renewable Energy) Act unless they want it,” he told reporters after opening an international conference at Curtin University Science and Engineering here.

In his speech earlier, Chin described the Act as an important piece of legislation that would create a conducive environment for renewable energy to grow in an effective and sustainable manner.

“This Act is a catalyst for renewable energy generation and it is also aligned with the Malaysian government’s aim to achieve 5.5 per cent renewable energy in the country’s total energy mix by 2015,” he said.

Chin said renewable energy capacity in the country is expected to reach 2,080MW or approximately 11 per cent of the total peak electricity demand capacity by 2020.

“In terms of GHG (Green House Gases) emissions, an accumulated 42 million tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) could be avoided due to the renewable energy generated power during the period,” he said.

He said the Act provides a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) mechanism to enable interested parties to develop renewable energy in a safe and secure manner as the electricity can be sold to utility companies over a guaranteed period.

Under this law, up to 30MW of electricity generated from four renewable sources — solar photovoltaic, biogas, biomass and small hydro — are eligible for connection to the national grid and the power generated could be sold back to the utility companies, he said.

“The FiT mechanism has an incentive structure to encourage the growth of renewable energy,” he added.

via State News.