AT least four biomass power plants with a projected capacity of 46 megawatts (MW) are set to be operating within three years in Luzon, which would not only help ease supply concerns but also provide renewable energy once they are up and running.
Based on data from the Department of Energy (DOE), the four biomass power projects are ready for construction or have already completed their financing deals.
Among these projects are the 20 MW waste-to-energy project of CJ Global Green Energy Philippines Corp, using thermal gasifier conversion, the 2 MW ACNPC WTE biomass power plant project of Asian Carbon Neutral Power Corp., the 12 MW rice husk-fired biomass power plant of Grass Gold Renewable Energy Corp. and the 12 MW napier grass-fired biomass power plant project of Clean Green Energy Corp.
According to the DOE, CJ Global’s biomass project is located in Camarines Sur and is expected to be commissioned in December this year.
The ACNPC WTE project is located in Tarlac while the Grass Gold plant is located in Nueva Ecija and both are expected to be commissioned in 2017, while the napier biomass plant is located in Bataan and is expected to be completed in 2018.
The DOE said the biomass power projects are not only timely but also highlight the importance of rural biomass utilization.
It said renewable energy developers should continue to play a growing role to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and coal, address global climate change and secure a clean and reliable supply of energy.
The DOE said that with the acceleration of the processing period, there are more private companies expressing interest in developing potential renewable energy (RE) areas in the country.
The biomass projects are also entitled to the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, an incentive given by the government to spur RE technologies in the country.