By The Nation
The Opening Keynote session was enjoyed by more than 400 attendees in Bitec’s Bhiraj Hall 1.
Speeches and presentations were made by Energy Vice Minister General Surasak Srisak; Saharath Boonpotipukdee, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) deputy governor, Renewable and New Energy; Kenji Ando, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems; and Heru Dewanto, president director of Indonesia’s PT Cirebon Energi Prasarana.
Surasak said: “The Thai Energy Ministry leads the Alternative Energy Development Plan 2015-2036, which aims to reduce the country’s dependence on imported energy, double the renewable-energy production capacity or increase it to 30 per cent of total energy production in 2036, and cut greenhouse-gas emission by 25 per cent.
“The achievement of these ambitious goals means the related parties have to double their capacities. It is significantly necessary for all sectors to join forces in order to make this national effort a success. The Energy Ministry is delighted that Asia Power Week, marking its 25th anniversary, today will support Thailand’s direction towards the future of energy sustainability under the Thailand 4.0 policy.”
Saharath told the audience: “Egat has organised an exhibition under the theme ‘We innovate power for a better life’, which highlights innovative ideas that will help diversify the electricity production derived from a wider variety of sources for the Thailand 4.0 era.
“Egat also encourages disruptive business thinking, believed to shape the [future] power generation and power distribution industry. Asia Power Week is an exceptional stage for sharing and managing knowledge throughout the industry and the region, and ultimately finding the optimum answer to the world’s energy challenges.”
Also comprising the major “Asia Power Week 2017 Exhibition”, the event is Asia’s premier annual energy industry conference and exhibition, attracting over 8,000 delegates from more than 85 countries worldwide.