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Sarawak can play key role in accelerating region’s energy transition, says premier

Sarawak can play key role in accelerating region’s energy transition, says premier

25 Oct 2022

As Malaysia’s largest renewable energy provider, Sarawak can play a key role in accelerating the Southeast Asia’s energy transition by working together with its neighbours and sharing its resources.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state’s growth agenda supported a resilient and sustainable energy future for a common regional prosperity.

“The lower levelised cost of energy from renewable hydropower also benefits Sarawak’s domestic, industrial, and export customers by supplying them with affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity — in fact, the most competitive in the region.

“Through our wholly state-owned utilities company Sarawak Energy, I am proud to say that Sarawak currently offers the lowest average unsubsidised tariffs in Southeast Asia and our electricity is primarily green,” he said in his address at the Singapore Energy Summit in conjunction with Singapore International Energy Week in Singapore on Tuesday (Oct 25).

The text of his speech was made available to Bernama here.

In order to fulfil its commitment to lower carbon emissions and decrease reliance on fossil fuels, Abang Johari said Sarawak had ambitiously aligned its Post Covid-19 Development Strategy to expand on its initial strategic economic blueprint under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, or SCORE, launched in 2008. 

“Our generation mix has successfully transitioned from 92% fossil fuels in 2010 to 70% hydropower by 2015, complemented by thermal resources for energy security.

“This shift has decarbonised our grid emission intensity by 72% between 2010 and 2020 and continues to drive our sustainable socio-economic growth in the present day,” he added.

Source: Bernama