AT least 27 power projects with a total capacity of 2,281 megawatts (MW) are expected to be commissioned next year, the Department of Energy (DOE) said Monday.
According to the DOE, these power projects will be fully operational before the term of President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd ends in 2016.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla attributed the increase of investments in the power sector to the policy reforms instituted by the government.
“The development of power plant projects leading up to commissioning can be attributed to the policy reforms such as improved energy contract application procedures and coordination with local government units and other government agencies,” said Petilla.
He noted that since the start of President Aquino’s term, 30 commissioned power projects with a combined capacity of 1,667 MW have been initiated.
Petilla said that the government continues to be proactive in its role of inviting power developers and experts.
“Developers can be assured that the government will extend its support for the mutual benefit of the country and their firm,” he said.
Petilla pointed out that the technical know-how from foreign energy experts in the industry is being transferred to their local counterparts, and assured the public that the country is capable of running the energy sector.
The DOE’s concern, Petilla stressed, is to ensure reliable and stable power during the technology transfer and training.
He likewise pointed out the improvements in the Department’s Investment Promotions Office (IPO) to enable the sector to reach a wider international corporate audience.
Beyond the new capacity expected to be added by 2016, the DOE noted that there are 21 additional committed power projects with a total capacity of 2,413 MW scheduled to be finished after 2016.
Some of the power projects commissioned in recent years include the 150MW EDC Burgos Wind Project, the 135 MW SLTEC Coal Project, the 200 MW Thermo Marine power barge complex in Navotas, the 98 MW Mapalad Coal Project, and the SACASOL Solar Project (Phase 1 & 2) in San Carlos, Negros Occidental.
“The DOE will continue to usher an aggressive power industry as we achieve our mission of building an energy independent nation,” said Petilla.