• DOE awards 1,700 MW in renewable energy deals

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    THE Department of Energy (DOE) said it had awarded renewable energy service contracts (RESCs) equivalent to about 1,700 megawatts (MW) of potential capacity as part of its promotion of indigenous sustainable energy and in fulfillment of the Philippines’ international commitments.

    The projects were awarded through the Renewable Energy (RE) Management Bureau and are on top of the additional total potential capacity of 12,128 MW recorded in November 2015.

    “We are committed to increase our RE capacity and maintain a minimum of 30 percent
    share in the power generation mix in the coming years,” Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said.

    When all these projects are aggregated and realized, the country’s installed capacity could increase to about 20,000 MW by 2030, which is higher than the initial National Renewable Energy Program target.

    Toward the last quarter of 2015, Monsada green-lighted 42 RE projects after a careful review of each contract.  These comprised three biomass projects, nine hydropower plants, 26 solar power facilities, and four wind power farms.

    The DOE urged concerned government agencies and local government units to extend their assistance to project proponents to fast-track timely project realization.

    The energy department said that through this government intervention, the country will be able to achieve its undertaking to triple installed RE capacity by 2030, reflecting its 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) pledge and proactively responding to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) aspiration of doubling RE capacities of member-economies from the 2010 level by 2030.

    Meanwhile,  Senate President Franklin Drilon, together with Commissioner Patricia Magpale-Asirit of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Undersecretary Donato U. Marcos of the Department of Energy (DOE), and key officials of Aklan Province, inaugurated the 36-MW Nabas-1 Wind Power Project (Nabas-1) last January 16.

    Six months after its successful commissioning in June 2015, Nabas-1 has been supplying clean and renewable power to the Western Visayas grid.

    “Electricity and a strong and stable supply of power are directly related to economic and social development and improve the delivery of public services,” Drilon said.

    The Nabas-1 wind project is located near Boracay, the country’s tourist epicenter, where demand for power is accelerating.

    As an incidental benefit, the wind farm offers new ecotourism and livelihood opportunities for the local government units and host barangays with a planned tourist center and view deck.

    According to Drilon, the current administration has spent P25 billion for rural electrification, which is “almost four times the combined spending of the three previous administrations and by supporting legislations that provide incentives to environmentally compliant energy projects.”

    Nabas-1 was developed and is being operated by PetroWind Energy Inc. (PWEI), a joint venture between CapAsia, EEI Power, and PetroGreen Energy Inc. (PGEC).

    PGEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly listed PetroEnergy Resources Corporation (PERC).  A capacity expansion of 14-MW (Nabas-2) is currently under study by PetroWind.

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