Renewable energy eyed for industrialization

WITH the push for industrialization under the Rodrigo Duterte administration, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said that Renewable Energy (RE) can play a role in pursuing such vision.

Francis Joseph Dela Cruz, Associate for Energy Policy of ICSC, told reporters during Wednesday's Habi at Kape media conference at the Abreeza-Ayala Mall that with industrialization, power is needed.

With this, ICSC is set to meet with government and business leaders in Davao including the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) on Thursday, September 15, to have a look on the renewable energy development status in the island and discuss about the challenges and opportunities for developing renewable energy initiatives here.

“There are a lot of RE potentials here in Mindanao, the potential benefits of these are too big to be ignored. The RE potentials here are yet to be unleashed,” he said.

The ICSC is a non-profit group promoting low carbon development initiatives, sustainable energy solutions and fair climate policy in vulnerable countries.

He added that after the roundtable discussion with Minda, they wish to come up with RE plan/roadmap in Mindanao.

The implementation of the RE Act of 2008 will also be tackled.

“We already have the law, but it lacks proper implementation. So we will discuss on how we move forward with RE Law,” he said.

The Republic Act No. 9513 or RE Law is an “act promoting the development, utilization and commercialization of renewable energy resources and for other purposes.”

The experts who will be meeting with Minda are Red Constantino (Executive Director, ICSC), lawyer Pete Maniego (Senior Policy Adviser, ICSC, Former Chairman, National Renewable Energy Board), Engineer Viking Logarta (Energy Policy Adviser, ICSC), Francis Joseph Dela Cruz (Associate for Energy Policy, ICSC) and Sara Jane Ahmed (Energy Finance Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis).

Minda, through the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC), earlier launched a flagship program geared at hastening deployment of renewable energy projects in Mindanao.

As of June 2016, a total of 260 Renewable Energy (RE) projects are being monitored and facilitated by One-Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC) of Minda resulting to 3, 512.2 megawatts (MW) potential capacity available by 2020.

Romeo Montenegro, director for promotions, investments and public affairs of Minda, said that all these pending projects are eyeing to complete necessary permits within 2016.

The technology spread of the 260 RE projects is dominated by 211 Hydro power projects or 81 percent of the total RE projects with a combined potential capacity of 2,152.412 MW followed by 33 Solar projects (967.91 MW potential capacity), 10 Biomass projects (122.4 MW potential capacity) and 6 geothermal (278.48 MW potential capacity).

Montenegro said that power energy mix should be 50-50 balanced with RE and fossil fuels.

"We are facilitating and assisting investor of RE as well, so that investors be more interested to pursue renewable energy projects to achieve the 50-50 power mix," he said.

At present the OSFMC, an initiative of Minda has been replicated nationwide through Energy Virtual One Shared System.
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