DoE: Nuclear power to play role in achieving dev’t goals

NUCLEAR ENERGY will play a “pivotal” role in augmenting the country’s power supply and will help in accomplishing the administration’s long-term vision of lifting most Filipinos into the middle class by 2040, an Energy department official said on Monday. “The Philippines has always viewed nuclear energy as a long-term option for power generation that will…

Mindanao power producers urged to maximize energy mix

Mindanao electric cooperatives (ECs) and distribution utilities (DUs) are urged to take advantage of the excess power supply regime in the power grid as the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) pushes for reliable and affordable power supply in the region. MinDA said power distributors should maximize their energy mix and ensure affordable power for their consumers…

FPI endorses DoE policy focusing on baseload stability

THE Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) has backed the Department of Energy’s (DoE) move to do away with a policy that sets a cap or a quota on the kind of technology to be used in building a power plant. “[DoE] Secretary [Alfonso G.] Cusi’s pronouncements are consistent with FPI’s stand on certain issues, especially…

DOE bats for flexible power generation mix

The Department of Energy (DOE) is batting for a flexible energy mix based on the country’s power requirements to foster competition as well as maintain an adequate and reliable electricity supply. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the agency has formed an energy mix comprising of 70 percent baseload, 20 percent mid-merit and 10 percent peaking,…

Philippines urged to come up with energy mix soon

Coming up with an energy mix policy should be among the priorities of the Philippine government in order to shield consumers from price surges affecting specific power plant fuels like coal, Lopez-led First Gen Corp.’s top official said. The call was made as prices of coal, the dominant fuel for Philippine power plants, have turned…

Energy mix need not leave out nuke power — former Energy chief

NUCLEAR power will be a “good part” of the country’s energy mix, but issues need to be resolved on how it can work in a deregulated environment, a former Energy secretary said. “On a general principle, nuclear power — take away public acceptance — as a technology, in terms of supporting your supply, is a…

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…

DOE Chief to review energy mix targets

NEW Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi expects to open his term of office reviewing the target energy mix set by the previous government of 30% each generated from coal, natural gas and renewables, as well as 10% from fuel oil.  Whatever the outcome of the review, Mr. Cusi was quoted by Reuters as saying that…

Monsada: Solar FIT and harmonizing energy sources a challenge to successor

ZENAIDA Y. MONSADA, who marks her last day as Energy secretary today, will be turning over to the incoming administration the decision whether to approve a new solar energy installation target and its corresponding feed-in-tariff (FiT) rate. She will also hand over to Alfonso G. Cusi, the new secretary, the task of harmonizing government policy between…

DOE crafts draft RPS rules for comment

The Energy Department issued a draft circular requiring electric power companies to source at least 1 percent of their annual energy demand from renewable energy resources for the next 10 years. It said the draft circular on renewable energy portfolio standards or RPS was being adopted to contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry…

MVP: RP needs $30 B investments in power

The Philippines needs to invest $30-billion worth of power projects in the next 15 years to meet growing demand amid economic expansion. However, government needs to come out with clearer policy direction on the appropriate energy mix power developers will have to follow, businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan said yesterday. Read more here.

Climate Change Commission begins energy policy review

THE Climate Change Commission (CCC) has given itself six months or until the end of the year to craft an energy development framework that would include harmonizing the policies and regulations of government agencies covering new and existing coal-fired power plants.  In a statement, the commission said it had started on June 16 the “task…