WWF, Pure Energy partner up to showcase hydropower

WWF, Pure Energy partner up in search for hydropower projects

Power company Pure Energy Holdings Corporation (PEHC) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines has inked a partnership to identify potential areas to deploy renewable energy projects.

“Seize the Flow” aims to identify areas where run – of – river hydropower projects can take place. It also aims to promote public awareness and education on the advantages of hydropower and watershed preservation, WWF – Philippines said.

“We are excited to work together with WWF-Philippines as our advocacy to provide every Filipino with clean renewable energy and sustainable water supply coincides with WWF’s mission.” PEHC Chairman and CEO Dexter Y. Tiu said.

The power company added that the projects will not only decrease Philippine’s dependence on fossil fuel but will also be an “institutional investment” in protecting the country’s rainforests and virgin watershed areas.

Under the partnership, WWF – Philippines will help in identifying potential hydropower projects sites based on environmental sustainability, while PEHC will support the WWF Climate Change and Energy program – including the Earth Hour project.

“The collaboration between Pure Energy and WWF-Philippines promotes renewable energy and sustainable water supply, which will help transform the lives of local communities while taking care of the environment,” WWF-Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma said.

PEHC has three 90 year – old run – of – river hydropower plants in Laguna managed by the Philippine Power and Development Company. It also has hydropower sites Quezon, Camarines Sur, and other areas in Mindanao.

“Our business core value demands that we must preserve the natural watershed environment to ensure the sustainability of our energy and water resources, and at the same time, guarantee the viability of our projects for the next 100 years,” Tui said.