Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest electric utility in Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Trilliant, a leading smart grid platform company based in the United States of America, following the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership's (USACEP) High-Level Meetings and ahead of a historic visit by President Barack Obama to Malaysia.
The MOU will provide a framework for collaboration between the two companies to exchange technical information and training, and to explore models to deliver smart grid benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, and energy security to the people throughout TNB's customer base in Malaysia.
As the third largest economy in South East Asia which is growing at a relatively high rate, it is vital for Malaysia to ensure affordable, secure and cleaner energy supplies to meet and sustain its economic growth. Smart grid is an enabler that will help the country modernize its energy infrastructure in the 21st century to meet this goal.
The MOU was signed by Datuk Seri Ir. Azman Bin Mohd, President and CEO of TNB, and Bryan Spear, Asia Pacific Managing Director for Trilliant. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr. James Steele, Senior Advisor, Economic Policy, East Asia Pacific, U.S. Department of State and Tan Sri Leo Moggie, the Chairman of TNB, as well as representatives from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur.
"We are delighted to have this technical exchange collaboration with Trilliant as we look to build a smart energy infrastructure to deliver benefits to our customers and help Malaysia continue on its economic growth path," said Datuk Seri Ir. Azman. "Trilliant is one of the global leaders in the smart grid industry and we look forward to a successful collaboration in reaching this goal."
"We are honored to have this technical collaboration with TNB, one of the leading utilities in the region, to work together in leveraging our proven technology and experience to help deliver the benefits of a smarter grid to TNB's customers," said Bryan Spear. "We look forward to a long-term technical exchange collaboration that will help enhance energy security and sustainability, and contribute to developing a sustainable high-tech industry in Malaysia."