HANOI: Vietnam wants to nearly double its total installed power generation capacity to 146,000 megawatts by 2030, and prioritize developing renewable sources and reducing dependence on coal, its government announced on Tuesday.
The latest draft of its energy development plan, which will be submitted to the prime minister next month, will limit the development of coal-fired power plants and be open to other fuel sources, including hydrogen and ammonia, said the government in a press release.
The plan takes into account Vietnam’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050, made at a United Nations climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November, the statement said.
Vietnam, a regional manufacturing powerhouse, is Southeast Asia’s largest power producer, with a total installed generation capacity of 76,620 MW at the end of 2021, according to utility EVN.
Wind and solar represent 27% of total capacity.
No further details on the latest draft energy plan were provided on Tuesday and it was not mentioned whether Vietnam would resume its nuclear power plans, which were scrapped in 2016 following the incident. from Fukushima in Japan.
Last month, EVN warned of impending power shortages due to limited coal supplies and called on citizens to save energy.
(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty)