In 2009, energy contributed approximately RM16bn to GDP.
Power in Malaysia is mainly fuelled by natural gas and coal, which accounted for 92% of power production in 2009. Hydroelectricity or hydropower accounted for only 6.5% of power generation in 2009.
The total power generation capacity connected to the Malaysian national grid is 24gigawatts, with a maximum demand of about 17 gigawatts recorded in 2010.
6 gigawatts of new generation capacity is expected to be needed by 2020 to provide energy for business and the growing population, representing an increase of about 25% over installed capacity in 2009.
Currently, 58% of power generation in Peninsular Malaysia is based on natural gas, with the remainder coming from coal (37%), and hydro (5%).