One-stop shop up for easy application of RE projects-A A +A
Thursday, July 24, 2014
THE One-stop Processing and Facilitation Center (OSPFC) seeks to cut down the approval time of renewable energy power project applications in Mindanao from three to five years to only one to two years.
The OSPFC, an initiative of the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) and the Department of Energy (DOE), is aimed to accelerate the processing and approval of applications of renewable power projects in Mindanao.
This is also in partnership with other concerned key government agencies like Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP), and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), among others.
The OSPFC is a website that will allow the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC), through Minda, effective monitoring of the status of all pending RE power project applications in Mindanao and facilitate the hastening of application.
The initiative will prioritize the fast tracking of the application of 157 renewable projects for Mindanao, with an aggregated potential capacity of 1,720 megawatts (MW). These projects are still pending in different agencies.
"Some 1,100 MW are coming from hydroelectric power plants while the rest are coming from biomass, solar, and geothermal," said Romeo M. Montenegro, Minda director of investment promotions and public affairs.
Montenegro said all of the applications have already been approved with the DOE however they are still pending because they still have requirements that need to be complied with other concerned government agencies.
"With the OSPFC we get all of these [government] agencies to agree on a mechanism for fast tracking and acceleration processing of these power projects," he said.
Montenegro said they are targeting to get most of the 157 projects, if not all, approve and readied for construction by 2016. It will take around two to three years for the construction of one power project.
They are hoping that if all the power projects are completed, they will be able to achieve the 50/50 energy mix of renewable and non-renewable energy in 2020. Montenegro said currently there is a surge in non-renewable power plants and they hope to balance it out through accelerating the approvals of RE projects.
He also said the presence of RE plants in the island will help keep the electricity prices in Mindanao competitive.
"Sustainability [of power] will be answered by RE projects," Montenegro said.
The OSPFC's implementation is targeted to begin within this year.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 25, 2014.