In 2010, the Energy Policy and Planning (EPPO), assigned by the Ministry of Energy, has formulated the long term 20-year Energy Efficiency Development Plan (EEDP) which aims to reduce energy intensity (energy consumption/GDP) by 25% (compared with that in 2010), or equivalent to the reduction of final energy consumption by nearly one-quarter (23.5%) in 2030. An important measure of the EEDP is to implement Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) for large-scale energy e.g. those in the electricity, oil and natural gas industries will be required to implement energy conservation measures to encourage their customers to reduce energy use by a specified minimum standard. Actually many countries around the world have implemented EERS schemes on a national or regional but sometimes in different terms basically describing the same type of policy instrument e.g. “Energy Saving Obligation”, “Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard” or “Energy Supplier/Distributor Obligation”.
On Thursday 12th June 2014, the TGP-EEDP project organized “Focus Group Meeting No. 1/2014: Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS)” in order to discuss possible design options for EERS in Thailand among representatives from energy-related government agencies and utilities, as well as qualified experts.
To gain common understanding of EERS measure and the importance of EERS to the energy conservation in Thailand
To share perspectives and challenges of EERS implementation in Thailand
To discuss possible design options for EERS in Thailand and basic categories of EERS design such as obligated parties and eligible energy saving etc.