by Alena Mae S. Flores
The Energy Department has signed large and mini-hydropower project contracts with a combined generation capacity of over 1,000 megawatts.
“I’ve signed over a thousand megawatts of hydropower and mini-hydropower project contracts. In the past few months, we continue to release and sign contracts in areas where it really works,” Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said.
Almendras also dismissed criticisms that the department was not issuing renewable energy contracts.
“The problem before, the DoE just kept on releasing service contracts without fixing the peripheral issues. But now we’re trying to make sure that if you have service contracts, [you have] the chance of getting that project off the ground,” he said.
The department had 191 pending hydropower applications totaling 3,592.87 MW, followed by solar with 70 applications for projects totaling 537 MW.
Fifty-nine applied for wind power development projects with a generation capacity of 1,431 MW. Ocean energy received 21 applications equivalent to 60 MW while geothermal power development got 15 proposals to produce a combined 230 MW.