Renewable energy a boon to Sarawak

The Murum Dam will produce renewable hydropower as a source of energy for Sarawak.

KUCHING: The shift in the state’s energy policy through the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in 2009 has benefitted Sarawak and its people.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the early decision to focus on renewable hydropower development is a key enabler for the state to attain a high-income status by 2030.

“The Sarawak government is committed to ensuring that all development takes place responsibly and sustainably as we work together towards our goal of a high-income economy by 2030.

“We want to strike a practical balance between socio-economic development and environmental wellbeing,” he said today.

Abang Johari said while Sarawak shifted to renewable hydropower as its energy source, it retained thermal gas and coal-fired power plants to provide security of supply.

“This strategic energy policy-shift just over a decade ago has yielded many benefits for Sarawak and its people, enabling competitively priced electricity tariffs lower than elsewhere in Malaysia and the region.

“This is as well as boosting economic growth by attracting investments to Sarawak,” he said, adding that between 2008 and 2020, 12 agreements were inked with industries in SCORE.

“This is as well as a Power Exchange Agreement for the interconnection with the state electricity company in West Kalimantan where a total of 2,900 MW has been committed.

“We have spearheaded the creation of a sustainable energy future with long-term benefits for Sarawak that those beyond our shores can also enjoy,” he said.