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          EGAT in cooperation with Japan Electric Power Information Center, Inc. (JEPIC) organized the 11th academic conference to share knowledge and information on electricity situation, operational policies, and impacts from disruptive technology.

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          On June 11, 2018 at EGAT Headquarters, Mr. Patrapong Thepa, EGAT Assistant Governor - Policy chaired the 11th academic conference between EGAT and Japan Electric Power Information Center, Inc. (JEPIC) which had been held on June 11-12, 2018. The conference was also honorably attended by Mr. Patana Sangsriroujana, EGAT Deputy Governor - Policy and Planning and Mr. Motomi Iki, Managing Director of JEPIC. The conference which was held for 11 consecutive years since 2008 aims to be a floor for knowledge and information sharing on policies, electricity situations in Thailand and Japan, hydropower plants, nuclear power plants, and electricity-industry development.

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          The EGAT Assistant Governor - Policy said that EGAT and JEPIC has developed good relationship and cooperation for years, which has led to the continual academic conferences. As the current situation and electricity technologies have developed and changed, electricity generation sector needs to adapt to the new tools and technologies including energy storage system (ESS), electric vehicle, and blockchain technology. It is an opportunity and challenge of the organization to move forward under this kind of situation. The Assistant Governor also would like the conference to be rich with experience sharing.

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          Mr. Motomi Iki said that for the last 3-4 years, the electricity industry has faced some rapid changes, which leads to the adaptation of several utilities across the world. Three important aspects that should be focused are as follows: 1) Decarbonization: when renewable power is added to the system, the power system security must be ensured. 2) Decentralization: smart grid system will enhance each area to depend on the local power sources instead of the grid system. 3) Digitalization: the operations will rely on the digital system more than in the past, especially to cope with the urgent situation and take care of power system security and environmental management.