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Poe eyes more power plants, renewable sources of energy

LUBAO, Pampanga – Alarmed over the series of power interruptions in the country, particularly in Mindanao, presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe batted yesterday for the establishment of more power plants and the development of renewable energy sources.

The lady senator cited the need to tap more sustainable and environment-friendly sources of energy as the power reserves in Luzon and Mindanao are now dwindling due to prolonged El Niño phenomenon.

“Dapat talaga magkaroon tayo ng mas maraming power plants na magsu-supply ng kuryente at sana patungo na rin sa renewable energy. ‘Yan ang magiging dapat agenda ng bagong pangulo. (We should have more power plants that will supply the electricity and we hope that we are leaning towards the use of renewable energy. That should be in the agenda of the new president),” she told reporters in this town where she attended the International Hot Air Balloon Festival, along with her 11-year-old daughter, Nica.

She said the government should always be ready to pour in resources towards the development of renewable energy like solar and wind power sources, following the country’s increasing energy requirement.

“‘Yung ating power supply ay halos eksakto lamang pagdating sa panahon ng tag-init. (Our power supply is just enough for our energy requirement during summer),” Poe said

Mindanao and Luzon were placed on “red alert” last Friday following the diminishing reserves due to prolonged El Niño.

However, Malacañang assured a “zero disruption” one week before and one week after the May 9 elections.

Poe said the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) should be continuously tapped to address the country’s power concern.

The Philippines has one of the highest electricity rates in Asia. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, electricity accounted for 4.5 percent of a Filipino household’s expenditures in 2012.

Poe said under her government, she would push for the development of more solar and wind power sources to power up the homes of some 15 million Filipinos, particularly in remote areas, who still have no access to electricity.

Poe said more private investments should be encouraged in the energy sector to increase renewable energy share in the market.

The Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that the Philippines will need an additional 11,400 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity to meet the energy demand from 2016 to 2030. The additional requirement is distributed as follows: 8,100 MW in Luzon; 1,700 MW in the Visayas and 1,600 MW in Mindanao.

During her proclamation speech in September last year, Poe said renewable energy development is included in her 20-point government agenda.

She earlier called on the government to implement the mechanisms of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, particularly the establishment of the Renewable Energy Market, which will mandate power distributors to source a portion of their energy from renewable energy suppliers. (Charissa M. Luci)

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  • Chico Loco

    Sa kanya lamang po tayo makakasiguro na hindi mapupunta sa wala ang suporta na ibibigay natin para sa kanya dahil alam naman natin na ito ay para naman sa ating bayan

  • Chico Loco

    Sa kanya lamang po tayo makakasiguro na hindi mapupunta sa wala ang suporta na ibibigay natin para sa kanya dahil alam naman natin na ito ay para naman sa ating bayan

  • Chico Loco

    Sa kanya lamang po tayo makakasiguro na hindi mapupunta sa wala ang suporta na ibibigay natin para sa kanya dahil alam naman natin na ito ay para naman sa ating bayan

  • Chico Loco

    Sa kanya lamang po tayo makakasiguro na hindi mapupunta sa wala ang suporta na ibibigay natin para sa kanya dahil alam naman natin na ito ay para naman sa ating bayan