The Sabah state government has launched the Sabah Energy Roadmap and Masterplan 2040 (SE-RAMP 2040) to ensure long-term, sustainable resilience in the power industry by 2040. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor announced that the plan marks the state’s strategic direction and initiatives. The state government aims to assume regulatory authority over power supply and renewable energy from the Federal Government in January next year.
Under SE-RAMP 2040, the Sabah Energy Council, chaired by Hajiji, will oversee and guide the plan’s implementation systematically and effectively. The plan’s objectives include the following. Firstly, ensuring dependable, affordable, and comprehensive power supply that is accessible to all. Secondly, aligning with these with government aspirations while ensuring sustainability.
SE-RAMP 2040 complements the National Energy Policy and the National Energy Transition Roadmap 2050 (NETR). It was formulated by the Energy Commission of Sabah (ECoS) and addresses energy security, affordability, and environmental sustainability.
State government plan will ensure Sabah meets its energy needs
Hajiji emphasized the significance of the plan. It enables the state to chart its path for the development of the gas and electricity supply sector. It will also be able to meet Sabah’s energy needs. He acknowledged the long-standing power supply issues in the state and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to resolving them.
The state government’s development roadmap, “Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ),” prioritizes essential infrastructure needs, including electricity supply. The plan will facilitate an increase in electricity supply. This will subsequently benefit the people and the state.
Hajiji highlighted the historic establishment of ECoS through the ECoS Enactment 2023 and Gas Supply Enactment 2023. This move signifies the commitment and collaboration between the state and federal governments in implementing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and securing Sabah’s rights.
With total regulatory control over the energy sector in Sabah through ECoS, the state government gains authority in areas such as law enactment, policymaking, and infrastructure development, aligning with Sabah’s holistic development plan.