Cambodia opposition promises to slash power prices, encourage solar energy – channel newsasia

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s opposition has pledged to overhaul the country’s power sector as part of a sweeping bid to clean up and reduce the cost of electricity in the country, should it win power in the 2018 national elections.

Part of that would include prioritising the development of solar power in the country, with the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) planning to invigorate the near non-existent solar industry to produce 20 per cent of the country’s current power needs within two years.

It would allow and encourage private investors to construct solar plants connected to the national grid, with the intention of creating a competitive industry that would see prices drop for consumers.

Electricity prices in Cambodia are among the highest in the region and the world. Electricity and magnetism quiz questions Some provinces pay up to US$0.75 per kilowatt hour, according to national power provider Electricite du Cambodge (EDC).

“The people in the provinces are the ones that suffer the most. K electric jobs It’s fragmented power supply. E payment electricity bill mp We’re going to fix that. Gas arkansas We want the prices to be consistent across the country,” CNRP’s deputy director of public affairs Kem Monovithya said.

The party’s desired outcome would result in prices reduced to 360 Riel/kWh (US$0.09) in regions covered by the national grid, a dramatic cut. 1940 gas station photos At present, the price for average households in Phnom Penh is 780 Riel/kWh, still considerably more than power costs in the United States, for example.

The party, if in government, will consider up to a US$1 billion investment – on the back of cheap development loans – to expand and improve the grid, add transparency to local power purchase agreements and renegotiate private transmission line fees.

“Expanding transmission line is an investment, we could get low interest rates on poverty reduction schemes from donors. Gas jewelry There’s no excuse for not doing that,” Monovithya said.

“The CNRP plan will make it cheaper by taking a transparent approach with power suppliers, change the business model for redistributions and adding new sources of supply into the mix.”

Currently, Singaporean firm Sunseap is the only company with a government tender for a large-scale solar project. Electricity year 6 Its output will be 10 megawatts once operations begin, expected next year.

In addition, the CNRP would also allow the installation of rooftop solar panels for private citizen use, potentially enticing for rural farmers not currently connected to the national grid.

But the CNRP would put an end to any new hydropower dam projects, and potentially attempt to renegotiate contracts already in place, including for the controversial Sambor dam planned for the main stream of the Mekong River in Kratie, Monovithya said.

“The environment is already negatively impacted from hydro. Electricity dance moms We are not going to do any more,” she said, conceding that small-scale projects not deemed environmentally damaging could be considered “case by case”.

The party would also forego any target to make Cambodia energy independent. Shell gas credit card 5 The country is still heavily reliant on purchases from neighbouring countries, and changing that is “not a priority”. Grade 9 electricity test Rather, import taxes on oil used to produce energy would be cut, as well as value-added tax currently paid by power users.

Cheaper power rates are also on the government’s radar as it moves onto election footing. Quadcopter gas motor Heng Samrin, the CPP’s honorary president, made it a focus at the recent 40th party congress, but did not mention specific targets.

Already the government has introduced lower tariffs for households that use less than 50 kWh per month. Electricity 101 video It is also pressing on with plans to get electricity to more of the country, despite slashing the projected 2017 budget for the Ministry of Mines and Energy by 32.9 per cent, compared to this year.

“Our goal is 100 per cent of villages in Cambodia have access to any kind of electricity service by the year 2020,” said Tun Lean, the under-secretary of state for the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

“It’s happening quite fast. 3 gases By 2030, at least 70 per cent of households will have access to electricity, which is on the good quality national grid.” The CPP is exploring its options around solar power but has not committed to any formal renewable energy target and will continue to invest in coal power.

“Right now, we are not promoting solar because it’s expensive and there’s no battery storage and the voltage is not stable. Electricity generation by source by country We are happy that they (Sunseap) are starting this pioneer project and later on we can go step by step.”

Similarly, the CNRP plans to continue to invest in “cleaner” coal technology, but did not have specific details or costs of any increased deployment to keep up with Cambodia’s fast growing demand for power.

Both parties are expected to make power policy key components of their electioneering for 2018, as well as for commune elections next year. Static electricity in the body effects Until the sector is improved, there is no doubt Cambodia is losing money and business.

The government has acknowledged, for instance, the 27 per cent transmission loss on its grid and faced accusations of conflicts of interest and graft inside and around the EDC. Electricity tower vector The high prices and lack of clarity have been cited by the Economic Institute of Cambodia among others as inhibitors to foreign investment.

“It’s impeding on our growth potential. Electricity sound effect mp3 free download Energy price is one of the main obstacles of growth,” Monovithya said. Electricity office “A lot of companies, particularly small, private ones, they can’t come in here and make a profit.