Chairperson : Mr. Kurujit Nakornthap
National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) Committee on Energy composes of two Sub – Committee as follows :
- National Reform Steering Sub – Committee on Administration and Energy Regulatory
- National Reform Steering Sub – Committee on Electric Industry, Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation
National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) Committee on Energy has continued eighteen issues on energy affairs studied by the former National Reform Council (NRC). Two issues were submitted by the NRC to the Government: the promotion on rooftop solar panel installation and electric vehicles.
National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) Committee on Energy proposed urgent reform plan to the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) in December 2015 and four issues were adopted as follows :
- Oil Fund: Study focused on analysis of roles and benefits of oil fund, which have valorized retail oil prices in Thailand for more than 40 years.
- The Establishment of National Energy Information Center, which was aimed to be a reliable data based center that creates proper cognitive understanding and reachable for every sector.
- Energy Conservation:
- Building Energy Codes concerning on structural energy conservation planning such as thermal insulation, geo – architectural design.
- Energy conservation in government sector, by hiring Energy Service Company (ESCO). The Company’s responsibilities are to study structural study of the building, use of energy to plan, to monitor and, in some cases, investment. The payment will be deducted from the percentage on energy savings costs. However, this idea is still inconsistent with the rules and regulations of the This is because the expenditure on electricity or infrastructure and the expenditure on procurement are in different category. According to Regulations on Financial and Budgeting of Thailand, all saving costs must be returned to the treasury, which effects to the lack of inspirational investment of the government sector. National Reform Steering Committee on Energy is now on the writing process of reports and solutions.
- The promotion on alternative energy in community level, such as power generation from biomass, solar, waste, etc. The National Reform Steering Committee on Energy has finished two studied issues following :
- Oil Fund: The National Reform Steering Committee on Energy agreed to the former report of the National Reform Council that the oil fund is beneficial and necessary for achieving short – term gasoline price stability. It can also alleviate the impact of increasing oil prices during the oil crisis. But the regulations must be clear, in order to avoid money misuse, which may create market distortion in the long run. Moreover, the support on biofuel production within the country such as ethanol or biodiesel should be concerned. This agenda has already been approved by the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) in March 2016.
- Building Energy Codes is aimed to encourage energy conservation in private sector, in particular the sized buildings. This is the integration between ministerial regulations of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy and the rules of Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning on Building Design.
National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) Committee on Energy is now processing the establishment of National Energy Information Center, which is expected to be complete in June 2016 and further proposed to the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA). Anyhow, there are many issues waiting for consideration such as public participation in energy strategy planning and reform on energy system, etc.
In addition, there’s an issue on waste – to – energy plants reform. The waste management is one of the important problems, as Thailand has been resorting the method of landfill for a long time. Only the half of them are managed properly. Nowadays, waste disposal management continues to be a rising challenge as population and city grows along with limitations of land. Therefore, the government has encouraged waste – to – energy plants policy, for examples, waste processing plant policy and electricity plants, in order to raise community awareness on waste segregation, to urge private sector to invest in waste power plant and to help the government’s administration effectively. The environmental impact assessment and the enhancement on the work integration of Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment must be taken in to consideration.
In conclusion, National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) Committee on Energy will support and continue academic works and submitted to the government as assigned and follows the eighteen issues on energy affairs studied by the former National Reform Council, in order to plan the national energy management for today and secure, sustained and stable future.