DOE, Napocor OK Palawan’s P41.9-B 10-year energy plan

DOE-signage-5PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—National Power Corp. (Napocor) President Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita and Energy Undersecretary Raul B. Aguilos recently approved the 10-year Palawan Islands Energy Master Plan, the provincial government announced on Friday.

In a statement, the provincial government said the plan was presented during a meeting of the Joint Energy Development Advisory Group (Jedag) chaired by Gov. Jose Alvarez.

The Jedag was created in August 2013 to scrutinize the power situation in the province, and plan strategies and long-term solutions to address the increasing power issues confronting the people and province of Palawan.

Based on the initial assessment of Jedag, a power summit was held in January this year with Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla as keynote speaker. Petilla sits as co-chairman of Jedag.

In that summit, Alvarez rallied the provincial and local officials of Palawan’s 23 towns and Puerto Princesa City to work together to solve with finality the power crisis in the province.

With the increasing population and entry of investments, particularly in the tourism industry, the province has been experiencing sporadic brownouts owing to aging power-generation sets, inadequate and poor power-distribution lines and worse, lack of transmission lines.

Six months after the summit, the Jedag finally completed the Palawan Islands Energy Master Plan that was presented and approved by the national government and local stakeholders.

Based on projections of the Jedag, the province would be requiring 275 megawatts by 2023 with an estimated cost of P41.9 billion.

Alvarez is optimistic that with the increasing entry of investors particularly in tourism, the province will be able to secure funds for large investments in energization because of the presence of a market that will easily be able to absorb electrification costs.

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