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Proponents of energy projects who have not secured the authority of the Department of Energy but already have permits from the local government will be allowed to go ahead with their projects.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said the agency will come out with a Circular for this purpose so that any studies on renewable energy as well as on oil and coal power plants can be fast-tracked.

“We don’t want over-taking but we will allow it because there might be a feasibility (study) that is okay in all aspects,” Petilla said.

He made the statement at the sidelines of the four-day IERE-TIS-Asia Meeting 2013 organized by the Manila Electric Company and International Energy Research Exchange in Makati that started yesterday.

Current rules require groups to first secure a DOE authority before getting an LGU permit but Petilla said there are groups that have a hard time getting permit from local governments.

Petilla admitted that the planned circular on this issue is unfair to those who were not close to LGU officials but pointed out that this is the reality.

“It’s not favoritism per se. It is like debt and taxes, you cannot avoid it. It will happen so you might want to deal with it now. You just have to prepare for it already,” he said.

Petilla also advised groups to write to the LGUs for endorsements while still waiting for the DOE authority “because we want to inform them ahead of time…to thresh out the problems.”

“Those are the rules that we’re trying to come up with in the next round of releases for both REMB (Renewable Energy Management Bureau) and all other contracts,” he added.*PNA

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