• Mindanao power congress to boost

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    RE Putting the Mindanao Power Agenda on top of its pursuits, the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. (Amreco) is convening key stakeholders of the island’s power sector to push for immediate and long-term strategies that will address the region’s power issues.

    Slated from May 27 to 28 in Cagayan de Oro City, the Second Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED) will serve as a platform for discussion and integrated of actions to push for accelerated renewable energy deployment in Mindanao.

    “With the theme Mainstreaming the Mindanao Power Agenda, the congress will further highlight collaborative mechanisms that can be undertaken to ensure aggressive promotion of renewable energy projects, and the effective delivery of sufficient power supply across the island,” said Luwalhati Antonino, chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

    She explained that among the major gains of the First MinCARED held in January last year was bringing to national attention the need to address the Mindanao power situation, so that immediate and long-term measures can be hammered out jointly by the government and the private sector.

    MinCARED participants include representatives from the local government units, representatives from nongovernment organizations, the academe, electric cooperative constituencies, media, private sector and business leaders as well as other power industry stakeholders.

    “As we look ahead to the end of this power-supply shortfall in the next two to three years, we still face the challenge of balancing the desired energy mix in Mindanao,” Antonino added.

    MinDA, which chairs the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee, announced that while there are committed power projects that are expected to generate new capacities from 2016 to 2018, majority of these are fossil fuel-based power plants.

    Co-chaired by the Department of Energy, MPMC is composed of Amreco, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Electrification Administration, National Power Corp, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp., Mindanao Electric Power Alliance, National Transmission Corp., and the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines.

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