Ministry mulls direct power sales

Saturday, Apr 06, 2019 08:46

A power plant of the KCP VN Industry Company.— Photo

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is considering allowing companies that use a lot of power to buy electricity directly from power plants.

Speaking at a press meeting in Ha Noi on Friday, Nguyẽn Anh Tuan, director of the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam (ERAV), said they have been working with international consultancy firms to study the mechanism.

“The pilot implementation aims to establish the competitive retail electricity market in 2021,” Tuán said.

The ministry launched the competitive power generation market in 2012 and the competitive wholesale power market at the beginning of this year.

Since then, 10 per cent of the countrys total power capacity has been sold to power generation firms directly.

From the beginning of this year, in addition to Viet Nam Electricity (EVN), five other power corporations have been able to buy electricity from power plants. The ministry plans gradually increase the number of such corporations in the competitive wholesale power market.

The MoIT said after three months of running a competitive wholesale power market, the difficulties were mainly related to taxes and infrastructure as the number of transactions in the market had sharply increased.

The ministry had to resolve issues of operation at power plants to ensure safe and stable operation.

Tuan said they would continue to instruct agencies to complete infrastructure and hold training courses on the power market.

“It is expected that the ministry would review the operation of the competitive wholesale electricity market this month to collect difficulties to have timely solutions to resolve the issues,” he added.

Renewable power plants have not participated in the competitive market as only those with capacity of more than 30MW can join the market.

The operation of the competitive wholesale electricity market from the beginning of the year has brought good opportunities to power buyers and sellers as well as customers.

The ministry has studied building a mechanism to encourage renewable energy plants participate in the market to increase nationwide power supply. — VNS

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