DENR warned on waste-to-energy tech

ENVIRONMENTAL organizations said the government should block further approvals of waste-to-energy (wte) projects, which they said will lead to a deterioration in air quality. EcoWaste Coalition’s Ochie Tolentino said the technology will undermine the country’s effort to curb environmental degradation and pursue a low-carbon development path. The group, part of the Stop waste-to-energy (wte) Alliance,…

Sun Life looks to invest in renewable-energy projects

HAVING earlier invested in a power-generation project in Mindanao, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc. (Sun Life) eyes more investments in the country’s infrastructure buildup program, but this time on the renewable-power sector. This was learned from Sun Life President and CEO Rizalina G. Mantaring, who said the insurer looks to make additional investments in the…

Hedcor seeks IP consent for Benguet hydro plant

Hedcor Inc., a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., is securing the approval of the indigenous people (IP) to put up the 45-megawatt (MW) Kabayan run-of-river power project in Benguet. Hedcor is currently undergoing Free Prior and Informed Consent (PFIC) process – led by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) – for the proposed 45-MW…

AC Energy subsidiary hikes ownership in NorthWind to 68%

AC Energy Holdings Inc., through its unit Presage Corp. (Presage), has increased its stake in NorthWind Power Corp. (NorthWind) to 67.79 percent. “AC Energy Holdings Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Presage Corp., acquired an additional 17.79-percent stake in NorthWind Power Development Corp., increasing AC Energy’s effective ownership interest in NorthWind from 50 percent to…

New projects to deliver 6,000 MW of capacity

NEW power projects with a combined capacity of 6,161 megawatts (MW) are expected to come on-stream between this year and 2020, latest data from the Department of Energy (DoE) showed. Of the committed capacity, as tallied by the DoE as of Sept. 30, more than 60% or 4,001 MW will be in Luzon. Mindanao will…

Basic Energy partners with Thailand’s Vintage Engineering

Renewables company Basic Energy said Thursday it has partnered with Thailand’s Vintage engineering for projects here and abroad. Vintage Engineering will buy 9 percent of Basic Energy for P139.4 million, with the option to increase its shareholdings to 25 percent, the Filipino firm told the stock exchange. Read more here.

NGCP moves to improve RE integration

NATIONAL GRID Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Friday that it had set up a “comprehensive program” to ensure its capability to take in renewable energy (RE) power sources into the grid. “Because of the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind, balancing the system’s supply and demand becomes challenging….

Trans-Asia plans expansion of Guimaras wind farm

TRANS-ASIA Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC) plans to expand its wind farm project on Guimaras Island by 40 megawatts (MW) as soon as the Energy department releases a new installation target for wind energy, a company official said. “We have an expansion within Guimaras,” Danilo L. Panes, TAREC vice-president, told reporters on Friday as the company…

Roxas Holdings says bioethanol plant operations halted

Roxas Holdings Inc. said Wednesday local executives suspended operations of its bioethanol plant in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental province due to alleged foul smell coming from the facility. The company told the stock exchange that the 30-day cease and desist order could be lifted “any time” once there is a “substantial mitigation” of the…

Govt set to limit renewable energy plants per power grid

The Energy Department may limit the exposure of renewable energy sources in areas where there are transmission line constraints, an official said over the weekend. Energy assistant director Mario Marasigan told reporters at the sidelines of the recently-concluded Solar Summit the department was trying to avoid duplicating the situation in Negros island where there was…

Silliman University launches solar rooftop facility

Silliman University in Dumaguete City has formally launched its solar power facility. The 200-kilowatt solar power facility is installed on the rooftop of the school’s Luce Building. According to Silliman University president Dr. Ben Malayang, the electricity generated by the project will be used for the lighting and air conditioning system of the Luce auditorium….

NGCP to complete Visayas interconnection project by 2019

The oversupply situation arising over development of solar power plants in Negros Island will be solved once the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) completes an interconnection project in the Visayas region in 2019. The grid operator is currently working on the three-phased Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) Interconnection Project which will solve the Negros oversupply for…