Palang Thai is a Thailand-based non-profit organization that works to ensure that the transformations that occur in the region’s energy sector are economically rational, and that they augment, rather than undermine, social and environmental justice and sustainability.

Palang Thai delegation on study tour of Pacific Northwest.
Palang Thai delegation on study tour of Pacific Northwest.

Programs and Activities

Palang Thai works in three key areas:

1. Public interest energy policy analysis: we work with Thai NGOs and government agencies to analyze electricity policy and practice from a public interest perspective.

  • We focus primarily on electricity privatization, restructuring, power sector planning, and renewable energy policy
  • We engaged the World Bank, and journalists, and US Senators in an ongoing in-depth discussion regarding the economic appraisal of the planned Nam Theun 2 hydropower project in Laos.
  • We published critical analyses of Asian Development Bank’s Greater Mekong Subregion transmission grid studies.
  • We provide analysis and testimony to Thai National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC), the Thai Senate, Energy Policy Planning Office (EPPO), and Department of Alternative Energy and Efficiency (DEDE), environmental NGOs, consumer groups.
  • We publish articles in academic journals, industry magazines, and local press: Pacific Affairs, Krungthep Turakij, Matichon, Prachachart Turakij, The Bangkok Post, The Nation, Financial Times of Asia, Refocus, Renewable Energy World, Home Power

2. Grid connected renewables: we promote the implementation of grid-connected renewable energy projects.

  • Drafted Thailand’s Very Small Power Producer (VSPP) or “net metering” legislation, adopted May, 2002 – and helped the government to expand the scope of this legislation to allow projects up to 10MW per installation.
  • Work with entrepreneurs, communities, NGOs, utilities and government to lower technical and bureaucratic barriers to renewable energy interconnection.
  • Conduct workshops & study tours.

3. Community energy: we work with villagers, local NGOs, and students to facilitate and build community-friendly renewable energy projects.

  • Hands-on training on design, construction, and operation for ten remote village microhydro projects in remote villages in Thailand
  • Hands-on solar electric workshops for Karen medics including provision of 40 solar electric systems for clinics on Burma/Thai border.
  • Renewable energy trainings on solar, microhydro, and biogas inside Burma.

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Contact Info

Chris Greacen, Co-director
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