Cambodian government announced last year to postpone the construction of hydro projects on Mekong mainstream until 2030, the government has planned to build few more coal power plant projects (EAC 2020), which would be in total of 1,665 MW and solar power projects (340 MW) in the country and planned to increase significantly energy import from Laos which would be in total of 2400MW (from Coal power plants). It makes sense that for the next 10 years, hydro will not be a realizable energy source of the country. To fill the gap the government has concentrated on building up from coal power plant and none-Hydro renewable energy and. For renewable energy prospect, the government has put a target up to 20% of national energy mix by 2023. Therefore, the energy generation from coal and solar would be dramatically increasing for the next few years.
Regulating a clear target of clean and renewable energy in the national energy mix has offered possibility to private sector to enter into investment. Within the last year, number of clean and renewable energy projects have been approved and put into operation while few more projects are to be online for the next coming years. Despite the increase, the proportion of RE in the current energy mix accounts for 1%. It is doubtful that the target by 20% in 2023 is attainable and there will be challenges that could obstruct an implementation of the plan.
Listen to the second instalment of the Clean Energy Talks, organized by Oxfam in collaboration with NGOF/RCC, CVS and Energy Lab. You will:
Understand Cambodian energy policy and the roadmap to achieve clean and sustainable energy through promoting energy mix option;
Understand challenges in achieving sustainable and renewable energy target by 2023 in Cambodia and possible solutions to help overcome the challenges;
Have greater awareness on clean and renewable energy particularly solar energy which has a potential capacity in Cambodia;
Celebrate Clean Energy Week that will take place from 12-19 November 2020 in Cambodia.
09.00 – 09.15am Welcome and outline
09.10 – 09.30am Short video of energy sources and consumers’ perspective
09.30 – 09.50am Sharing on Cambodian energy policy and status of renewable energy
09.50 – 10.05am Coffee break
10.05 – 11.50pm Talk show: How does it work in Cambodia, opportunities and challenges?
11.50 – 12.00pm Closing remark