Congratulations to SEDA for successfully conducting an open ballot for the FiT Quota for Solar PV

Joint Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, Tony Pua MP for PJ Utara, Nurul Izzah, MP for Lembah Pantai

It is almost 2 years since the revelation by Tony Pua and Nurul Izzah that a large percentage of the FiT Quota for Solar PV was awarded to companies controlled by a certain individual who was related to a retired senior civil servant.[1]

The application system was scandalised by the computerised “first-come-first-served” system. The then Chairman, Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn and CEO Datin Badriyah Abdul Malek had defended it as a “fair” system, despite criticism and protests from the industry and ourselves.  The “first-come-first-served” system had not only allowed certain parties to design application strategies to win a larger share of the quota, the computer system also often crashed, resulting in chaotic and less than satisfactory outcomes.

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Welcoming the new SEDA CEO Ms Catherine Ridu

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 7th of June 2014

I would like to congratulate Ms Catherine Ridu on her appointment as the new CEO of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) on the 2nd of June, 2014.[1] The Renewable Energy (RE) sector in Malaysia faces many challenges as well as opportunities and I hope that Ms Ridu will bring her experience as the Under-Secretary of the Regulatory and Industry Development Division, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) to ensure the sustained growth of the renewable energy sector in Malaysia.

SEDA was set up with ‘transparency, openness and integrity’ as one of its core values and thus far, it is one of the few government agencies that is trying to live up to this core value.[2] One example of this is the publication of the names of companies and their allocated Feed in Tariff (FiT) Quota on SEDA’s website.[3]

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Why was 30MW of Geothermal FIT Quota allocated via direct negotiation to Tawau Green Energy (TGE) which is majority owned by Sabah UMNO leaders?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 2nd of May, 2014

FiT Quotas in Malaysia are in high demand because of their limited number and the potential financial returns from renewal energy. The E-FIT system developed by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), using many millions of ringgit, is supposed to provide a more transparent platform to allocate FIT Quotas across the various categories including biogas, biomass, hydro and solar PV.

However, a recent decision by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), shows that the E-FIT system has been replaced by direct negotiation in the awarding of 30MW of geothermal energy to the Sabah based Tawau Green Energy (TGE).

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