DOE: Over 1000 MW of RE to be developed in Negros Occidental

Philippine’s Renewable Energy continues to boom

With proposed initiatives exceeding 1,000 megawatts (MW) over the next 15 years, Negros Occidental is set to experience a substantial increase in renewable energy (RE) projects, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Engr. Jose Rey Maleza, Head of DOE-Visayas Energy Industry Management Division, stated that Negros Island has 155.6 MW of committed power projects and 1,231.7 MW of indicative power projects.

Maleza clarified that committed projects are either ready for implementation or already underway, while indicative projects are still in the planning phase. Among the committed projects are biomass, geothermal, solar, and battery energy storage ventures in various cities and towns across the province.

Indicative projects include solar, wind, hydro, and additional battery energy storage initiatives, underscoring Negros’ commitment to embracing renewable energy sources.

Highlighting the long-term vision, Maleza noted that the indicative projects worth 1,000 MW additional RE in Negros are projected until 2040.

With a sub-grid power demand and supply snapshot revealing a total installed capacity of 910 MW but only 692 MW of dependable capacity, there is a pressing need to bolster the province’s power infrastructure.

Maleza mentioned that almost all power plants in Negros produce renewable energy, making it the primary energy source in the region.

Frank Carbon, MBCCI’s Vice President for Government Affairs, stressed the forum’s significance in addressing the electric power situation and ensuring a reliable and sustainable power supply across Negros Island.

He disclosed plans to establish the Negros Island Power Development Coordinating Council.

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