MANILA, Philippines – Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla is calling for the creation of regional energy plans in the country as part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts in intensifying energy security and sustainability.
“The need for regional energy planning is essential for us to explore potential energy sources and promote regional energy security across the nation,” he said in a statement released Monday.
Petilla also said the formulation of regional energy plans is key in executing projects and programs cited by the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP).
The energy secretary said 25.08 megawatts of renewable energy (RE) projects have already been awarded while there are 5 megawatts of pending applications and 1.7 megawatts of potential RE sites.
The biggest RE project so far is the 10-megawatt Puerto Princesa Solar Power Project, which was awarded to Enfinity Philippines Renewable Resources Inc.
In Mindoro, the DOE has awarded 189.3 megawatts worth of RE projects, the biggest of which is the 48-megawatt Puerto Galera Wind Power Project of the Philippine Hybrid Energy Systems Inc.
The DOE said there are also 47.1 megawatts of potential RE and 151.2 megawatts of potential biomass energy resources due to Mindoro’s extensive agricultural lands.
The draft of the Palawan Energy Plan is currently being reviewed by the Energy Planning and Policy Bureau (EPPB) for finalization and revision while a series of public consultations and stakeholders meetings is now being held for the creation of the Mindoro Island energy development plan.
The final Palawan and Mindoro Energy plans are expected to be released in the last quarter of 2014 and January 2015, respectively.