Coal is Outdated, Exco Urges TNB to Explore Alternative Energy


PETALING JAYA, 2 Oct: The Executive Councillor (Exco) in charge of Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment, Elizabeth Wong, suggested for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to implement the ‘Micro Sitting’ method in Government buildings or its surrounding areas as an alternative energy source for everyday living.

The proposal was put forward after TNB decided to build two high-technology coal-fired power plants in Perak to meet the growing demand for electricity.

Elizabeth is of the opinion that the decision by TNB is surprising, seeing that other countries are now focused on the implementation of renewable energy sources including solar energy, biomass and hydro.

“However, we in Malaysia are still focused on a resource which will be exhausted in the near future and it is a non-renewable resource.

“I suggest for TNB to use the provisions to use the ‘Micro Sitting’ method in government buildings and its surrounding areas to target for improved and renewable energy,” she said at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Petaling Jaya City Council and the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation.

Yesterday, TNB announced that it will be building two high-technology coal-fired power plants with the capacity of 1,000 MW at Manjung, Perak, to meet the growing demand for electricity.

The energy consumption at this time is estimated to have increase by five percent a year, and the two projects are in the company’s plans.

Both projects will begin soon and will be completed in four years.

Malaysia consumes about 15,000 MW to 16,000 MW of power per day, and the figure is expected to increase every year.

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