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          EGAT signed memorandum of understanding with GIZ – German International Cooperation to study ESCO facilitation and energy efficiency label of power saving buildings in business and industrial sectors. The collaboration also included knowledge exchange on energy management in business and industrial sectors.

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          On October 1, 2015, Mr. Soonchai Kumnoonsate, EGAT Governor, signed the MOU with GIZ led by Dr. Christine Falken-Grosser, Economic & Commercial Advisor, Embassy of Germany in Thailand and Mr. Christoph Mairesse, Director of GIZ, Thailand. The MOU was the collaboration to study the measures supporting high-efficiency building and founding independent entity to check the operation of Energy Service Companies or ESCO facilitation, as well as studying energy efficiency label of power saving buildings in business and industrial sectors. GIZ and EGAT executives also joined the event, including Mr. Tatree Riewcharoen, Assistant Governor – Corporate Social Affairs, Mrs. Yuwadee Thongsuwan, Director of Corporate Communications Division, Mr. Jirasak Mantharngkul, Director of Demand Side Management and Planning Division, and Mr. Sathit Sukanant, Director of Demand Side Implementation Division at Meeting Room 201, T. 100 Building, EGAT head office.

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          EGAT Governor said that EGAT had implemented “Demand Side Management” project to raise the users’ awareness on power value covering residential, business, and industrial sectors. EGAT had got the collaboration from GIZ to study the measures supporting high-efficiency building, found independent entity to check the ESCO facilitation, conduct feasible study on labeling energy efficiency of power saving buildings in business and industrial sectors, and exchange knowledge on energy management. All would be the guidelines for the real achievement of sustainable energy use.

          “I would like to express my sincere thanks to GIZ that sees the importance of energy conservation and academic collaboration to study power saving technology. This cooperation will lead to the country development and reflect public awareness with the benefit to the country for priority,” said the Governor.

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          Dr. Christine Falken-Grosser said that it was the important step of long-lasting academic collaboration between Thailand and Germany that officially happened 50 years ago. It covered most fields of development to achieve international collaboration on academy, environment, and power supply. GIZ had implemented various projects in Thailand with the aim to develop and instill the public awareness on sustainable power conservation.

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          Mr. Christoph Mairesse added that the Thai-German collaboration was financially supported by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) that worked with the Energy Policy and Planning Office to support Energy Efficiency Development Plan. It was the good opportunity to find out the measures of founding the independent entity to inspect the operation of ESCO and label energy efficiency of power saving buildings in business and industrial sectors in order to upgrade the power conservation development in Thailand.