First ever Vietnam Wind Power Conference opens

14:32 | 08/06/2018 Energy

The first ever Vietnam Wind Power Conference opened in Hanoi on June 7.

At the conference - Photo: MoIT

The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy General Director of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority under the MoIT, Nguyen Van Thanh, said Vietnam’s electricity demand is currently very high and in order to ensure the supply of electricity for economic development, in 2016, the Prime Minister signed the Decision No.428/2016/QD-TTg approving the adjustment of the National Power Development Plan by 2020, with a vision to 2030.

Primary energy sources for power generation are still based on fossil fuels such as coal, oil, gas, and liquefied petroleum gas while renewable energy sources are still limited, he added.

Currently, only seven wind power projects with a total capacity of 190 MW have been put into operation and are yet to meet the requirements due to obstacles in land use, capital, limited access to new technologies, backup sources and mechanisms, he noted.

Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, Steve Sawyer, affirmed that wind energy is a clean source of electricity which is suitable for sustainable economic development. He also pledged to help Vietnam to develop the wind industry in order to ensure energy security and serve national socio-economic development.

The full day conference allowed companies interested in developing the wind sector in Vietnam to meet and discuss with government officials about what can and what needs to be done for the wind industry to grow and remain sustainable.

It also included presentations and debates on the latest policy developments, financing mechanisms, how to grow the supply chain (both on and offshore), and grid challenges, among others.

Theo NDO