Iloilo and Palawan back lo­cal­ized RE Plan­ning

Palawan Daily News - - Region - By Palawan Daily News

The Depart­ment of En­ergy (DOE) to­day said the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Iloilo and Palawan threw their sup­port be­hind the agency’s project en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal­ized plan­ning to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and use of re­new­able en­ergy (RE).

DOE-Re­new­able En­ergy Man­age­ment Bu­reau through its “De­vel­op­ment for Re­new­able En­ergy Ap­pli­ca­tions Main­stream­ing and Mar­ket Sus­tain­abil­ity” (DREAMS) project, con­cluded a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments of Palawan (4 Septem­ber) and Iloilo (26 Septem­ber).

Aside from sup­port­ing the DREAMS project, of­fi­cials of the two prov­inces stressed the need for ad­di­tional knowl­edge and strength­ened ca­pac­ity in pre­par­ing lo­cal­ized RE plans. They noted that such plans should fo­cus on help­ing boost in­vest­ments in the RE sec­tor, en­sur­ing com­pli­ance with the poli­cies and guide­lines of the RE Law and reach­ing out to un­served com­mu­ni­ties.

The En­ergy Com­mit­tee of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan of Palawan part­nered with the DOEDREAMS to as­sist off-grid com­mu­ni­ties in the towns of San Vi­cente, Abor­lan, Ca­gayan­cillo, Brooke­s­point and Bal­abac as part of the prov­ince’s RE plan­ning strat­egy.

Sim­i­larly, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Iloilo ex­pressed de­sire for ad­di­tional skills and knowl­edge on de­vel­op­ing an en­ergy to reach out to is­land barangays with RE re­sources but are cur­rently re­ly­ing on diesel power plants, par­tic­u­larly in the town of Car­les, Iloilo.

The con­sul­ta­tions were at­tended by key en­ergy play­ers such as the Palawan Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Iloilo Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tives, Na­tional Power Cor­po­ra­tion, Depart­ment of Environment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the pri­vate sec­tor, academe, NGOs and indige­nous peo­ples’ groups.

DOE-DREAMS is a fiveyear project (2017-2022) with the sup­port of the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme and the Global Environment Fa­cil­ity. (PR)

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