Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has directed authorities to come up with an energy plan that is secure, affordable and sustainable.
Gen Prayuth addressed energy reform and energy security issues at a forum on Saturday at the Royal Thai Army Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.
A robust strategy to address energy issues is needed to achieve energy security, he said.
Building a nuclear plant is not possible but Gen Prayuth said he asked authorities to study the possibility and necessity of building a coal-fired power plant and examine its impacts on human health and the environment.
However, Gen Prayuth did not give specifics on developing coal-fired power plants or where they would be built.
He also stressed the need for renewable energy sources.
Gen Prayuth added he has assigned Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn to devise a pilot scheme on waste management facilities in three to four areas, but he did not say where the scheme will be implemented.
He instructed Gen Tanasak to find the proper areas.
Gen Prayuth said he had received large numbers of complaints from residents about waste and garbage problems.
He said earlier that measures for waste management are high on the agenda. He had ordered authorities to come up with a plan for building waste management facilities, recycling factories and dumping sites.
Residents nationwide can expect five or six new waste management facilities with sorting systems this year, he said.