Energy authorities are planning to study the possibility of adopting an “early retirement” for ageing power plants that cannot efficiently supply power to the state grid in a bid to resolve the oversupply of national power reserves, says Kawin Thangsupanich, secretary to the energy minister.
These plants, operated by both state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and private power producers, will be bought by the government before their retirement, according to a proposal.
The idea is among proposals raised to revise the national power development plan (PDP) for 2018-37.
The revision is necessary to make the long-term master plan better suited to rapidly changing energy needs.
The power generation capacity reserve in Thailand has reached 50% of total capacity, but according to an energy expert who requested anonymity, the amount is much higher…