Sen. Gatchalian Speaks About The Plan To Build A Renewable Energy Portfolio

Senator Win Gatchalian commended the efforts of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) and the Department of Energy (DOE) on working to grow the Philippines’ renewable energy sector to achieve energy security in the future. The chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy expressed high hopes in the proposal to build a renewable energy portfolio of up to 2,000 megawatts. Gatchalian also remains firm in the belief that the government must minimize the possibility of consumers being negatively affected by its pursuit of cleaner, more sustainable energy sources.

Here is his statement:

“Growing the renewable energy sector is a crucial factor for the Philippines to achieve energy security by 2040. By collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) to craft concrete plans to grow the renewable energy sector, the Department of Energy (DOE) has put itself right on track of its energy direction.

During our last committee hearing on energy security, the DOE painted a grim picture that the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix is projected to drop to 17% in 2040 from 36% in 2017 under its business as usual scenario. Hopefully, through the new DOE and NREB proposal to build a renewable energy (RE) portfolio of 2,000 megawatts (MW) by offering a green energy tariff, we will be able to grow the share of renewables in our energy mix.

However, to ensure its success and prevent any unnecessary pass on charges to consumers, the DOE and NREB must conduct a careful study on the program, especially when it comes to the implementation of the green energy tariff rate, taking into consideration the declining costs of RE technologies. Will this new tariff require subsidy and if so, how much will the rate effect on consumers be? These are some of the things that the DOE need to thoroughly study before they push through with the plan.”

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