Energy from resources that do not have an upper limit on the total quantity to be used.
Such resources are renewable on a regular basis, and whose renewal rate is relatively rapid to consider availability over an indefinite period of time.
These include, among others, biomass , solar , wind , geothermal , ocean energy , and hydropower conforming with internationally accepted norms and standards on dams, and other emerging renewable energy technologies. (RA 9513)
Signed into law in December 2008, supposedly to provide incentives for investors to engage in RE projects in the country
Department of Energy (DOE)
- lead agency
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) – an independent quasi-judicial regulatory agency supposed to issue FIT (feed-in-tariff) rules in consultation with the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) created under Sec.27
NREB hiding onerous charge against consumers by submitting FIT Rate under the “rule-making” power of ERC.
Ergo, no public hearing , no publication , just “public consultation” EVEN IF THE FIT RATE WILL INCREASE CHARGES FOR ALL CONSUMERS . This is a clear violation of the letter and spirit of EPIRA and the mandate of ERC.
They say; we say They say… We have to diversify. We say… Solar and wind are unreliable and can’t be basis for energy diversification. We need around 5,000 MW in the next few years to supply growing energy demand Old RE is still available that is yet to be untapped -15,000 MW (hydro and geothermal)
They say… It is good for the environment. We say… The Philippines has no obligation to reduce its carbon emissions. Our contribution to global pollution is almost negligible . Transportation is the top pollutant; power plants rank in the bottom ten. We are already producing more than 30% of our power from Renewables, more than the US at 10 %.
They say… Energy independence and security We say… Better results; cheaper alternative . Solar and wind are rather inefficient and unsteady since they are dependent on weather and other climatic conditions. Conventional sources are more reliable and cost only PHP 5 per kilowatt hour We still have 15,000 MW of untapped hydro and geothermal
They say… Solar energy is good. We say… We don’t oppose solar energy per se, but they should go to off-grid small island areas where the avoided cost (about PHP 11/kwhr) is high due to the use of diesel.
They say… What is PHP 12 centavos per kilowatt hour? We say… It only covers the generation charge. There are hidden costs . NGCP will also need to install new transmission lines and it may require further rate hikes for distribution utilities.