DOE issues Offshore Wind framework

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has recently issued Department Circular No. DC2023-06-0020, outlining the policy and administrative framework for the efficient and optimal development of the country’s Offshore Wind (OSW) resources. 

This circular, formulated after thorough public consultations and engagement with stakeholders, applies to all permitting agencies involved in OSW projects. Its main objective is to define the guidelines previously issued by the DOE, specifically emphasizing the requirement for permitting agencies to submit a complete list of necessary permits and clearances.

The efficient integration of permitting agencies into the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop (EVOSS) System will be instrumental in facilitating the work commitments of OSW developers, allowing for expedited processes. 

“The integration of the processes of permitting agencies into the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop System shall be a key factor for OSW developers in expediting their work commitments. It will also provide a streamlined, effective, and efficient permitting and consenting activity that will lessen the development cost of OSW resources, ultimately lowering the rates to the electricity consumers,” said DOE.

The OSW framework will also introduce seven priority activities aimed at enhancing the effective implementation of OSW projects. 

These activities include reviewing and updating DOE guidelines for the award of Offshore Wind Energy Service Contracts, implementing a robust monitoring and evaluation system, and establishing the Philippine Offshore Wind Databank (POWD).

Additionally, the framework will involve the preparation of a smart and green grid plan by the network service provider, formulation of regulations for foreshore lease for the transmission system, and the development of a long-term Port Development Plan by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA). 

It will also prioritize ensuring the safety and security of OSW projects, and the institutionalization of Marine Spatial Planning. These priority activities are designed to streamline processes, promote transparency, and facilitate the efficient development and operation of OSW projects in the country. 

Last year, the launch of the Philippine Offshore Wind Roadmap highlighted the significant potential of the country’s OSW resources, estimated to be around 178 GW. As part of ongoing efforts, the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded 66 OSW contracts, representing a total potential capacity of 53.85 gigawatts (GW).