Govt unveils GET to provide electricity supply from renewable energy

Starting next year, domestic and industrial consumers in the Peninsula can opt for electricity supply from RE sources

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Green Electricity Tariff (GET) programme will offer a total of 4,500 Gigawatt hours of electricity from renewable energy (RE) sources in the government’s effort to reduce carbon footprint.

Starting Jan 1, 2022, domestic and industrial consumers in the Peninsula can choose to switch to the use of electricity supply from RE sources generated from solar and hydro power plants.

The amount was equivalent to the capacity that could be supplied to 600,000 housing units for a period of one month to electricity consumers in the Peninsula for the period 2022 to 2024, said Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan (picture).

He said GET customers will be charged an additional 3.7 sen for every kilowatt (kW) of RE through the programme, and the proceeds will be used to support the implementation of the country’s RE development agenda and initiatives

“Apart from giving domestic consumers the option to switch to RE to reduce their carbon footprint, GET is also expected to help business entities, investors and organisations operating in Malaysia to meet their environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments through the use of electricity from RE sources,” Takiyuddin said.

“GET is also able to attract new investments with quality and environmentally friendly green energy, especially RE100 companies which have stated their commitment to switch to 100% electricity from RE sources as early as 2030 to 2050,” he added.

Applications to subscribe for electricity supply from RE sources under the GET programme will be open from Dec 1, 2021, and consumers under the GET programme will start receiving electricity supply from RE on Jan 1, 2022.

Takiyuddin said consumers who subscribe to GET would also receive a certificate confirming that the electricity supply was from a RE source through a Malaysia Renewable Energy Certificates (mREC) or mREC certificate registered with an international certification body.

He said GET subscriptions were offered in blocks, namely 100kW hours per block for residential premises and 1,000kW hours for non-residential premises.

At the same time, Takiyuddin said, the ministry will subscribe with GET to supply 31% of the electricity supply needs at Wisma Sumber Asli from RE sources.

Nine leading corporate companies have expressed commitment to subscribe to GET to get 100% electricity supply from RE sources.

These firms are CIMB Bank Bhd, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd, Nestlé (M) Bhd, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Gamuda Bhd and HSBC Amanah Malaysia Bhd.

TNB chief retail officer Datuk Megat Jalaluddin Megat Hassan said GET customers would be able to receive electricity bills as usual with the number of GET subscriptions recorded in the bill.