Vietnam halts solar and wind power expansion for 2022

Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade will no longer include new solar and wind power plants in its plans for the current year »due to a lack of input facilities to transfer them to the national grid«. This was reported by the state news service Vietnam News. The decision was made based on a Jan. 10 situation briefing at the National Load Dispatch Center.
According to the report, the amount of electricity generated in Vietnam and imported into the country will increase by 7.9 percent year-on-year to 275.5 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2022. Nearly 30 percent (82.5 TWh) is expected to be generated by hydropower, which would be 3.8 TWh more than in 2021. A small share of the demand – about 0.38 TWh – is expected to be covered by imports from China.
According to the Load Dispatch Center, there is a risk of supply shortages in the coming year, particularly for the north of the country, even though 3.4 gigawatts of new conventional generation capacity is expected to come online in 2022. Nevertheless, the solar and wind memorandum has now been approved. According to Vietnam News, Nguyen Quoc Trung, deputy director of the Load Dispatch Center, justified this by citing the difficulties posed by the huge addition of renewables in recent years.
In particular, solar power capacity in Vietnam has grown many times faster than planned. In 2016, the government had projected an installed capacity of 800 megawatts of wind power and 850 megawatts of photovoltaics for 2020. In fact, while only just under 600 megawatts of wind power are currently on the grid, several gigawatts are under construction. Solar energy, on the other hand, had already exceeded the targets by about 20 times, with more than 16 gigawatts by the end of 2020.

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