Abstract: As a result of rapid economic growth of Malaysia there is a remarkable growth in energy demand. The energy sources for undertaking socio-economic activities highly rely on fossil fuel energy. On the other hand, the stock of conventional energy resources is limited and it is accounted as major source of CO2 emissions. The issue of energy resource scarcity and CO2 emissions lead to look for the alternative sources of energy. Furthermore, the limited financial access of rural population and the difficulty of electricity distribution due to topographic difficulties in some areas like in Sabah and Sarawak states of Malaysia lead to the need for local alternative sources of energy. To this end renewable energy sources introduced as a plausible energy sources to curb the complex interdependent issues of resource and environment. Moreover, renewable energy source is very important to minimize regional disparity of rural-urban development. The study reviews the plausibility of renewable energy sources as key player for the regional development in general and improvement of rural livelihood in particular.
Rashidah Zainal Alam, Mohammed Ebrahim Hussien, Chamhuri Siwar and Norasikin Ahmad Ludin, 2015. The Potential of Renewable Energy Sources for Sustainable Energy Demand of Malaysia: A Review. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 10: 212-220.