DoE approves grid impact study for 13 projects

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has cleared 13 power developers to have their projects assessed for their impact on the electricity grid, the country’s power transmission backbone.

If the projects move to full completion and commercial operation, they will add at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) to the country’s installed capacity.

Of the projects cleared from January to the first week of March, the biggest is the two-unit Zestpower Corp.’s two-unit coal thermal plant with a combined capacity of 660 MW in Mariveles, Bataan.

This is followed by the 500-MW Kibugan pumped-storage hydro electric power plant proposed by Coheco Badeo Corp. in Kibugan, Benguet. It was one of the projects given clearance to do a grid impact study this year.

The proposed projects include Phinma Energy Corp.’s Ilog hydroelectric power plant, which will have a capacity of 21.6 MW in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

Currimao Solar Energy Corp. had the most number of projects with three, all using wind to produce energy. It plans to build plants with a capacity of 150-MW in Camarines Norte, a 140-MW in Rizal and 80-MW in Batangas.

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