The Mekong Delta is particularly suitable for renewable energy production, including wind, solar and biomass power, heard a recent workshop discussing the National Master Plan for Power Development (2011 – 2020 period) and its points on renewable energy sources.

The October 14 event was held in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho by the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region and the Green Innovation and Development Centre.

According to Nguyen Thanh Hai, Office Manager of the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region, since the Mekong Delta region has a huge potential for power generation, a number of large thermo-electricity plants are being operated in various localities.

Highlighting the region’s vast potential for renewable energy production, Nguyen Tien Long, an independent energy expert, however, underlined that most of its energy sources are scattered, and the cost of generating electricity remains high, so only a few of the energy sources have been utilised effectively.

Notably, the potential of biomass is usually wasted or misused, he noted.

Efforts to improve the situation require assistance from the government and energy blueprints from local administrative units, participants agreed.

They also shared their views on policies to diversify Vietnam’s energy sources while highlighting opportunities for developing a sustainable energy project in the Mekong Delta region.-VNA