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         EGAT and Stadtwerke Rosenheim signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop biomass and biogas community power plants according to the energy policy for the local economy. The objective is to increase the community’s quality of life and build energy security.


         On October 2, 2019 (local time), Mr. Viboon Rerksirathai, EGAT Governor signed the MOU with Dr. Goetz Bruehl, Chairman of Stadtwerke Rosenheim to study and develop community power plant projects focusing on biomass and biogas. Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Energy, and Ms. Gabriele Bauer, Mayor of Rosenheim witnessed the ceremony. Mr. Patana Sangsriroujana, EGAT Deputy Governor - Strategy, Mr. Boonyanit Wongrukmit, EGAT Deputy Governor - Power Business, and other related persons attended the event in Rosenheim, Germany.


         Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Energy said Stadtwerke Rosenheim’s power plants were successful in managing community power plants by using local waste to generate power tangibly. The community owns the power plant and manages the power system from biomass/biogas fuel with solar cells and wind energy to supply electricity to the community. If the successful model is integrated with Thailand’s community power plants to be suitable for local agricultural materials, such as corncob, rice husk, Napier grass, and palm fruit, the community will have a secure energy source, income from power plant ownership, and can sell agricultural materials as fuel. It will also help drive the local economy and build strength for the community according to the energy policy for the local economy.


         Mr. Viboon Rerksirathai, EGAT Governor said the cooperation between EGAT and Stadtwerke Rosenheim is another important step towards the community power plant policy because Stadtwerke Rosenheim is skilled in developing biomass and biogas power plants. Both parties will exchange knowledge and experience in developing the power plants, including designing power plant technologies suitable for each community and studying potential areas in Thailand for community power plants for a period of 2 years. The objective is to develop a model community power plant which is owned by the community, has environmentally-friendly management, and creates income and jobs for the locals. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy is used as the main idea to solve problems concerning water, food, and energy, which are important challenges of the future world. EGAT’s community power plant increases Thai people’s quality of life and builds a sustainable lifestyle. Moreover, some areas can integrate power generation from solar energy with biomass/biogas to help build security for the power system without impacting the main power system.


         Dr. Goetz Bruehl, Chairman of Stadtwerke Rosenheim said he is pleased Rosenheim has joined with Thailand to develop power plants to benefit the community, similar to Rosenheim’s power plants which use waste from the community and agricultural materials to generate power and heat for the city without causing pollution to the community. Rosenheim believes this cooperation is an important step towards an exchange of knowledge to help develop Thailand’s community power plants concretely.