GPS govt aims to create renewable energy, friendlier environment for future generations

Wilson Nyabong Ijang

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KUCHING, Sept 2: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government’s goals are to create renewable energy and a friendlier living environment for future generations, says Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang.

He said electricity undoubtedly is a necessity for both domestic and industrial consumers.

“The question arises, how do we generate power to meet our industrial and domestic demand?” Nyabong said.

He stated that there are basically two common methods of producing electricity. The first is powered by fossil fuel such as coal and petroleum which is a finite resource and will eventually run out.

The second method, he said, is by harvesting hydro power which is a renewable energy source and is environmental friendly.

“We may take Bakun hydro-electric power (HEP) dam as an example, which produces 2400MW of electricity.

“According to experts, to produce 1MWH of electricity, 850g of coal is needed. To produce 2400MW as what Bakun HEP is capable pf producing, we will need 17.87 trillion metric tonnes of coal per year (2400 x 0.85 tonne x 24 hours x 365 days),” said Nyabong.

So to him, green, the GPS government aiming for renewable and sustainable energy is the right decision and the initiative should be supported.

He thus questioned the logic of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh who is against the building of Baleh HEP. — DayakDaily