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Ministry Of Industry & Trade Of Vietnam To Finalize Electricity Master Plan VIII

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade is finalizing the Electricity Master Plan VIII, collecting opinions from localities across the country to soon complete and submit to the Government in the first quarter of 2022. 

At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the afternoon of January 12, information about the completion of the Power Planning VIII, Mr. Bui Quoc Hung – Deputy Director of the Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy (Ministry of Industry and Trade) said, Draft Power Planning VIII has been completed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and submitted to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval in Report No. 1682 dated March 26, 2021, and Report 6277 dated October 8, 2021.

However, according to the commitment of the Prime Minister at the COP26 Conference to bring Vietnam’s net emissions to zero by 2050, in line with the view of prioritizing the development of clean and renewable energy under Resolution 55 of the Politburo.

Therefore, the Ministry of Industry and Trade continues to revise the Electricity Master Plan VIII towards sustainability, devoting a lot of space to develop green, clean, and environmentally friendly energy sources with reasonable production costs, ensuring protect the interests of the state, investors, and electricity users, meeting Vietnam’s commitments with the world on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions into the environment.

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“The Ministry of Industry and Trade is finalizing the master plan, collecting opinions from localities across the country to soon complete and submit to the Government in the first quarter of 2022,” said Mr. Hung.

Draft electricity master plan VIII identifies priorities for efficient exploitation and use of renewable energy sources for electricity production regarding the fact that many localities, especially those with potential for wind and solar power, are currently proposing to add power projects, especially solar power projects, to the Power Plan VIII, Mr. Bui said. Quoc Hung added that, in recent times, Vietnam has developed a very large number of solar and wind power projects. While renewable energy still has some limitations because it is governed by time and weather, it should only be used at an appropriate rate, ensuring the connection between supply and demand and meeting the load demand.

“For requests from localities, the Ministry of Industry and Trade cannot meet all requirements. However, in Power Plan VIII, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will calculate and include the allocation of renewable energy electricity development rates for each region, each area, in accordance with the needs of localities,” said Mr. believe.

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At the press conference, a representative of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Department also said that, in the face of the massive development of rooftop solar power at the end of 2020, causing an overload of the grid, the Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Thuong established an inspection team to inspect solar power projects. Up to now, the inspection team has completed the draft report on the test results of solar power, to submit to the competent authorities for consideration and decision. The Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy has submitted a draft to the leadership of the Ministry to report to the Government as soon as possible.

According to information from the leaders of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Department, from February 9, 2021, the Prime Minister issued Document No. 185/TTg-CN on reviewing issues related to the development of solar power in our country and assign the Ministry of Industry and Trade to assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the People’s Committees of the provinces and cities and the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) to carry out an overall review of the implementation of terrestrial and on the roof.

Following the direction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Decision No. 795/QD-BCT dated March 7, 2021, on inspecting the situation of solar power development and establishing an inspection team led by the leadership. The Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy is in charge. The planned inspection process will review solar power projects in 10 provinces with large-scale rooftop and ground-mounted solar installation capacity. 

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After that, the Ministry of Industry and Trade continued to carry out the second inspection and inspection in 10 other provinces and cities. However, due to the strong development of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inspection team temporarily stopped this work and notified the localities. Up to now, the mission has completed the inspection report of solar power projects and submitted it to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for approval.

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