Clean energy urged for Thailand’s key islands


BANGKOK, Dec 8 – Greenpeace Southeast Asia has called on the Thai government to adopt clean energy in generating power on major islands in light of a three-day electricity disruption on the two resort havens of Samui and Pha-ngan in the Gulf of Thailand.

Miss Natvipa Iewsakul, energy and climate change coordinator for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said the power failure indicate the state’s inefficiency in energy management given the centralisation of power services and sole dependence on mainland.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia is the regional office of the global environmental organisation.

She quoted an earlier study by the National Research Council of Thailand on wind speed from Surat Thani to Songkhla provinces which concluded that it could potentially generate at least 10,000 megawatts of power.

It is about time solar and wind energy is developed to generate electricity on the islands to lessen their reliance on power supply from the mainland and help reduce carbon dioxide emission, she said.