Earth Day and Sabah energy crisis | Daily Express Malaysia
Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22nd. In Tuaran District, My People’s Service Center and Tuaran Education District (PPD Tuaran) joined forces to celebrate Earth Day on April 25th.

Highlights include our collaboration with SESB, which generously contributes to this cause through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, manifested in a meaningful tree-planting campaign named ‘One Student One Tree’. Masu. At PPD Tuaran he has over 22,000 students and that day, together we planted over 21,000 trees.

This event is a constant reminder of the critical need for a global commitment to environmental management and sustainable development practices.

I wrote this short article to draw attention to this fundamental issue, hoping to spark a broader societal discussion and raise awareness about this critical concern.

Let’s start the discussion with the question: How will this global movement manifest itself in Sabah’s lush landscape amidst pressing energy challenges?

Like many parts of the world, Sabah is highly dependent on fossil fuels for its energy needs. Over-reliance on non-renewable energy sources not only contributes to greenhouse gas emissions but also leaves the region vulnerable to global oil price fluctuations and supply disruptions.

However, the situation in Sabah’s energy sector is gradually evolving, with consumers’ interest in renewable energy sources increasing. This trend reflects a growing awareness of environmental impact and a desire for sustainability that deserves recognition and support.

As Chairman of Sabah Electrical Sdn Bhd (SESB), I applaud this growing interest in sustainable energy solutions. Because this is an important step towards reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change.

Needless to say, it is becoming increasingly clear that building renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power is affordable and possible. This makes it not only an environmentally responsible but also an economically attractive option for Malaysian utilities.

The potential for renewable energy to contribute to the energy mix is ​​significant, offering a path to increased energy sustainability and resilience.

However, while the momentum towards renewable energy is promising, it is essential to recognize the challenges and complexities associated with its widespread adoption. From regulatory considerations to infrastructure requirements, there are a variety of factors that need to be addressed to maximize the potential of renewable energy in Sabah and beyond.

One notable example of this change is the partnership between Siemens Energy, a global leader in renewable energy solutions, and Malaysian stakeholders. Malaysia’s efforts to advance hydrogen technology and grid infrastructure will herald a new era of cooperation in Sabah’s energy sector.

Additionally, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will also collaborate in this effort, aiming to explore opportunities across the hydrogen chain. As highlighted in the statement, hydrogen offers significant benefits in strengthening Malaysia’s foothold in the expanding green energy and renewables market.

Additionally, hydrogen provides a pathway to decarbonize key sectors such as steel, long-haul transport and chemicals, thereby strengthening energy security and promoting sustainable development.

Following this progress, I wholeheartedly agree with the views expressed by representatives of German companies regarding the important role of the grid in decarbonization efforts. In fact, the electrical grid serves as the backbone of the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

Therefore, grid modernization must be prioritized to accommodate the increasing deployment of renewable energy and ensure Malaysia’s reliable and secure energy supply.

However, amidst the promise of renewable energy lies the harsh reality of energy shortages in Sabah. Despite Sabah Electrical Sdn Bhd (SESB)’s progress, the gap between supply and demand still exists, posing significant challenges to energy security.

This situation distinguishes Sabah from other parts of Malaysia. While power companies such as Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) have been successful in maintaining reliable power supply, SESB is unable to meet the power demand in both Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan. We continue to work on the challenge of meeting these requirements.

At the heart of this problem is the conflict between the region’s power generation capacity and rapidly increasing energy demand. Despite continued efforts to strengthen infrastructure and expand capacity, electricity demand consistently exceeds available supply.

As a result, Sabah and Labuan face regular power shortages and interruptions in power supply. This disparity is further exacerbated by the geographic constraints and logistical obstacles inherent in Sabah’s rugged terrain and scattered communities.

Moreover, reliance on traditional fossil fuel-based power generation methods remains essential as Sabah needs to maintain older power plants that have been operating for years.

This is not an excuse to ignore the transition to green energy, but rather a stark reminder of the obstacles we have been dealing with for years.

We have made great progress on our energy journey, and we humbly ask our consumers to actively participate in this effort. When it comes to energy issues, especially those related to Sabah, SESB, our only energy utility company, is passionate about it, so you can always stay informed and empower yourself.

These weekly publications are not just about speech, they are about providing transparent insight into our energy landscape. By staying informed, consumers play a vital role in shaping the direction of energy policy and projects.

Your involvement is critical, especially when it comes to important decisions about electricity supply, such as proposing new power plants.

In the past, we have witnessed instances where a lack of consumer support hinders progress. Let’s work together to ensure future proposals get the support they need to move forward.

– The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily Express.

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