The Department of Energy is eyeing Region 6 to become the Renewable Energy Hub or center of RE resources utilization in the country, Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr. said yesterday.
The reason is that there is a lot of potential RE resources that can be harnessed in Region 6, Layug, who was in Bacolod City yesterday during a public consultation for the rules governing the establishment of the Renewable Portfolio Standards at the Bacolod City Government Center, said.
This is why they held the first public consultation in Bacolod yesterday, he added.
Layug said the Renewable Portfolio Standards is a mechanism provided by the RE Law to enhance the utilization of RE resources.
The Law requires public consultations and the DOE is also set to do consultations in the cities of Laoag, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Angeles and Metro Manila, he said.
Layug said its objective is to get the opinion of the stakeholders what can be done to enhance the utilization of RE resources. They also want to make sure that the RE Law is implemented properly, he said.
“The Law was passed in 2008 and its objective is to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel for the protection of our environment,” he added.
Layug said they have RE contracts already signed and they hope that in the next two years they could already implement projects. “If that happens we will now have RE resources to be used for power,” he said.
During the consultations DOE director Mario Marasigan presented the RE Law of 2008, while acting DOE director Marissa Cerezo presented the draft RPS.
Meanwhile, the RPS is a market based policy that requires the mandated electric power industry participants such as the distribution utilities and renewable energy generators and suppliers to source an agreed portion of their energy supply for eligible RE resources.
The purpose of the RPS is to contribute to the growth of the RE industry by diversifying energy supply, spur socio-economic development in rural areas, and help address environmental concerns of the country by reducing harmful emissions.*CGS