New energy plan, including RE expansion, readied

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said the energy plan it is crafting for the years 2016 through 2030 will be guided by what it called “nine strategic directions,” which among others aim to link up Mindanao to Luzon’s and Visayas’ grid.

 The number one direction is to ensure energy security, said Richie R. Pilares, DoE spokesperson, pointing out that this includes improving the reliability, availability and resiliency of existing power infrastructure and facilities.

Energy security also covers promoting indigenous energy development and usage, which she said could be similar to what neighboring countries are doing — using their existing resources to dictate their fuel mix.

The other items in the DoE strategic directions are the expansion of energy access, promotion of a low-carbon future, ensuring the investment in power infrastructure and facilities, and pursuing the development and implementation of local energy plans.

She also said the DoE will strengthen consumer welfare and protection and foster stronger international relations and partnerships.

“We want to achieve 100% electrification of targeted households in all the three major islands,” Ms. Pilares said.

“We also want to accelerate the total privatization of PSALM [Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp.] assets,” she added.

“We want to promote a low-carbon future. We plan to institute a fuel mix policy and triple the renewable energy capacity by 2030 based on the 2010 level. But we’re studying this in relation with the economic development,” Ms. Pilares said.

The DoE’s legislative agenda includes a review of existing laws, including EPIRA, RA 8479 or the “Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998”and RA 9513 or the “Renewable Energy Act of 2008.”

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