9 new RE projects secure SIS clearance

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Nine energy companies with power projects totaling 3,606 megawatts in combined capacity have acquired endorsement from the Department of Energy (DOE) to take on system impact studies (SIS) in July. 

In a report by the Manila Standard, DOE affirmed the application of nine power projects to conduct SIS to National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP). With the SIS undertaking, necessary modifications needed such as transmission lines, transformers, or substations and the capacity of the power grid to cater to new generators will be determined. 

Atimonan One Energy Inc.’s proposed 1,280-MW natural gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine power plant situated in Barangay Villa Ibaba, Atimonan, Quezon is the biggest power project endorsed by DOE, followed by the 500-MW wind power projects of Exa Wind Energy Corp.  500 MW wind power project in Bicol and Upward Wind Energy Corp. in Camarines Sur.  

Other RE projects also endorsed to take on SIS are GigaWind4 Inc.’s 170-MW Banahaw wind power project in Sariaya, Quezon; Tera Renewables 4 Corp.’s 181-MW Infanta 2 solar power project in Infanta, Quezon; and Arcana Wind Energy Corp.’s 400-MW Quezon-Camarines Norte wind power project in Camarines Norte and Quezon.

The endorsed projects to NGCP also include Giga Ace 8 Inc.’s 300-MW solar project in Zambales; Renovable Earth Corp.’s 75-MW Sual solar power project in Sual, Pangasinan; and Gemini Wind Energy Corp.’s 200-MW Gemini wind power project in Samar.

According to NGCP, there is an increasing number of applications of SIS due to rising demand for power generation. Since January, 74 companies in total were endorsed for SIS. 

Earlier, the DOE pushed for a 60-day process in issuing SIS for grid connection of power projects, instead of the earlier period of 20 months to 2 years.