|Energy Minister of Thailand|
9 October 2006 – 6 February 2008
|Prime Minister||Surayud Chulanont|
|Preceded by||Wiset Chuphiban|
|Succeeded by||Phunphirom Liptaphanlop|
July 11, 1953 |
|Spouse(s)||Anik Amranand (née Wichiancharoen)|
Piyasvasti Amranand (Thai: ปิยสวัสดิ์ อัมระนันทน์; RTGS: Piyasawat Ammaranan, born 11 July 1953) was Thailand's Energy Minister between 9 October 2006 and 6 February 2008. He is former Secretary-General of the Thai National Energy Policy Office, Chairman of Kasikorn Asset Management and Chairman of Panel of Advisors for CEO of Kasikornbank. He was President of Thai Airways International between October 2009 and June 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Energy for Environment Foundation, a non-profit organization undertaking renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
During the 1990s, Piyasvasti played a key role in deregulating and privatizing a number of energy-related state enterprises like PTT and power generation business. During his term as Energy Minister he implemented wide ranging reforms in the energy sector, for instance end of oil price subsidy and repayment of oil fund's massive debt due to the previous government' s subsidy program; implementation of very aggressive policy to promote renewable energy (including biofuels), cogeneration and distributed generation; adoption of Euro 4 fuel qualities and introduction of vapour recovery systems for petrol stations; adoption of a number of standards and incentive programs for energy efficiency; awards of a large number of petroleum concessions, issuing of IPP solicitation; conclusion of a number of power purchase agreements for projects in Lao PDR; establishment of nuclear power program with a target for 4,000 MW of nuclear capacity in 2020-21; and amendment of a number of energy related laws. The most important law to be passed during his term as Energy Minister was the Energy Industry Act to establish an independent regulatory body for electricity and natural gas industry. The law was also the most important factor which saved PTT Public Co., Ltd from being nationalized in the court case brought against the government and PTT by the Consumers Association. He joined Thai Airways in October 2009 when the carrier was in financial trouble. He continued to implement the turnaround plan and introduced a long term strategic plan where the financial position of the company has been substantially strengthened, embarked on the largest aircraft acquisition and retrofit program ever implemented in Thai Airways, and formed Thai Smile as an initial step to compete with the low cost airlines. Piyasvasti was born in 1953, and graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford in 1975 with B.A. (First Class Honours) in Mathematics. He later obtained MSc. In Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, and PhD. in Economics from the London School of Economics.