May 24 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The GGGI Mongolia team organized the 9th National Renewable Energy Forum with support of the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and Energy Regulatory Commission today at the Corporate Convention Center in Ulaanbaatar.
GGGI has been one of the sponsors of the National Renewable Energy Forum since 2016. It is an official nationwide conference for renewable energy development of Mongolia and more than 500 experts from government, non-government organizations, the private sector and research institutions participated in the event and the forum sections were moderated by highly experienced professionals.
The National Renewable Energy Forum is a main platform to discuss current scenario of Mongolian renewables, its bottlenecks and achievements and the possible future scenarios of development, and is the most visited renewable energy forums.
“Mongolia has huge resources of renewable energy such as solar, wind, and water. Therefore we have significant opportunities to create national treasures using the renewable energy sources through latest high technology used. In order to make the opportunities reliable, we will closely collaborate with international organizations and donors” said Energy Minister Davaasuren. Ts during his opening speech.
The Government of Mongolia has strong willingness to cooperate with international organizations and donors to make energy sector “greener”.
We expect valuable recommendations from the Forum on solutions on how small and medium sized off grid users can be provided with renewable energy and financial solutions based on professional experts’ experience.
GGGI has a plan to formulate an integrated plan, focusing on successful integration of market driven mechanism for renewables into heating system, conduct demonstration of “Green energy” peri-urban area as a pilot-case and identify public and private financing for replicating the energy project with long-term vision.
It has been acknowledged that sustainable development and green development pathways based on scientific, up-to-date technology and innovation is essential to prevent the potential hazard associated with climate change, and therefore many nations have been shifting their policies in the energy sector.
Likewise, Mongolia has been aware of its obligation and set a goal to develop our renewable energy sector based upon our resources, and defined it in state policy paper that we will increase the share of renewables in our total energy mix to 20 percent by 2023, and 30 percent by 2030.
In 2016 Mongolia generated 5.8 billion kWh in total. The power generated by the thermal power plants accounts for 95.8%, power generated by diesel stations is 0.2%, and 4.2% is generated by renewable energy sources. 1.9 billion kWh of electricity is imported.
Although Mongolia has tremendous potential for renewable energies, particularly solar and wind, the majority of the energy production is from coal-fired power plants, interconnected with the Russian energy system to secure the system’s reliability.
The interest of investors in Mongolian energy sector is considerably high which can be clearly seen from the fact that the total sum of the capacity of special permission granted to renewable energy projects has reached 879.2 MW by the September of 2017.
Moreover, the Government of Mongolia has expressed a focus on improving the energy system’s reliability, to increase the energy supply and construct hydropower plants as a way to ensure energy independence. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Energy has been highlighting the importance of integrating small-capacity solar and wind power plants into the distribution grid and set up the working group for this task.
Even though Mongolia has huge potential to develop renewables, but due to fact that energy from traditional coal-fired plants is so cheap, and our limited domestic energy market, the growth of renewables is limited in Mongolia.