Activists urge govt to scrap energy plan

The government's Power Development Plan 2015 (PDP 2015) stands to affect people unfairly, critics say.

A group of 25 activists and local people from around the country demanded Monday that the government revoke it and start again. It wants Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Energy Ministry to come up with a new plan based on public participation and transparency.

They also urged the government to give priority to renewable energy. The PDP 2015 limits renewable energy capacity to 20% of overall supply. They said there should be no limit on renewable energy capacity.

'Thepha model' eyed for other power projects

THE Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) declared yesterday that the public review on its coal-fired power plant and coal pier project in Songkhla's Thepha district was a success, and that it was planning to use the "Thepha model" for other such projects in the future.

"The Thepha model involves providing information to locals and then letting them spread it among their neighbours," Egat assistant governor Pol Kongsue explained.

Activists hold alternative plant 'review'

Songkhla: Residents protesting against plans for a new coal-fired power plant and sea port in Thepa district held their own "public review" Tuesday.

The move followed their boycott of the third and final public hearing on the Environmental and Health Impact Assessments (EHIA) for the 2,200 megawatt power plant and sea port, organised by project owner Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat).

"We believe the session held by Egat is not fair for those who don't agree with the project," said Isdares Hayeeda, deputy mayor of Thepha district municipality.