By: Liming Qiao, Asia Director
Driving forward Thailand’s wind energy industry
Two weeks ago, GWEC’s South East Asia Task Force held a meeting in Bangkok to review in the work we have done over the past few months to open up new opportunities for wind energy in Vietnam and Thailand.
Thailand has been a focus market for the Task Force since its inception in June 2019.At that moment, we were in a dark side on what result would be for the Power Development Plan (PDP) revision in Thailand, which has been our focal point for the Task Force’s activities in the country. This work was culminated in the first high-level roundtable session between the wind industry and Thai government.
Last week, our efforts paid off as we received great news that the Thailand PDP revision includes an indicative target of 90MW/year between 2023-2025, with a possibility of an upward adjustment if all goes well. This is a small target comparing with what we are asking for as an industry and the potential for Thailand wind resources, but it is still a small victory for the wind industry in the country, which has been at a standstill in the past two years with no new projects being commissioned.
The possibility of an upward adjustment leaves a huge space for the industry to explore, and it will be important to seize this opportunity to open even more doors in the future. With our industry’s continued improvements on price reduction and the development of the low-cost technologies, the wind industry can prove itself as a competitive energy source in Thailand and grasp the possibility to further push for a higher target in the next two years.
This small achievement is not a final stop, and we still have work to do in order to unlock Thailand’s full wind energy potential. GWEC and ThaiWEA are continuing our efforts to push for more renewable energy ambition in the PDP revision before it is finalised in one month’s time. This achievement is proof that through associations and a united industry voice, we can truly make a difference. Special thanks to Khun Isares, Chairman of ThaiWEA, who worked tirelessly with the government to make this happen.