Smart Energy Forum takes placeEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Ministry of Energy announced 2019 as the Year of Smart Energy. In this regard, the Ministry organized Smart Energy Forum today in collaboration with the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
More than 170 delegates from the Ministry of Energy, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Energy Development Center, the National Dispatching Center, factories and companies of energy sector as well as representatives of foreign Embassies in Mongolia, professional associations partook in the forum.
As of today, three wind farms and four solar power plants are operating. Another solar power plant is expected to put into operation soon. As a result of it, total capacity of renewable energy reaches 200 mWt. The Government set a goal to supply 20 percent of total energy with renewable energy by 2020. The goal is expected to be achieved in 2019, Head of Renewable Energy Department of the Ministry of Energy O.Bavuudorj said.
He added it is vital for Mongolia to ensure its energy sustainability and extend transmission lines. Renewable energy is being purchased at high price in accordance with the Renewable Energy Law. To solve these encountering problems, first of all it is necessary to make changes to relevant laws and introducing smart technology.
“To develop its renewable energy and increase its capacity, Mongolia needs to be open for foreign investors. Building numerous small plants instead of one large power plant is a right solution. Furthermore, the country should focus on how much megawatt power it can produce rather than how many percent of total energy can be supplied with green energy,” Technical Director of Hydroplan Company Robert Sonoga said.
While exchanging experiences and best practices of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on energy smart solutions which can be newly introduced in energy sector of Mongolia, the attendees of the forum discussed EBRD’s activities in energy system of Mongolia and renewable energy project by the Asian Development Bank.