Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DOE launches National Renewable Energy Program

Meanwhile, DOE launched its National Renewable Energy Program in the presence of President Aquino. The Department of Energy issued the following news release:

The Government strengthened its efforts in promoting renewable energy in the country starting with the unveiling of its National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) containing the Philippines “green energy” roadmap.

The NREP is anchored on the DOE's Energy Reform Agenda which aims to provide a sustainable energy plan for the Philippines. It also establishes a framework for existing and planned policies for the promotion of renewable energy such as solar, hydro, ocean, wind, biomass, and geothermal power as well as a roadmap which will guide efforts toward actualizing the market penetration targets of each renewable energy resource in the country.

The Program further seeks to maximize the renewable energy potential estimated at more than 200,000 MW and translate clean energy opportunities into long-term benefits for the people.

Secretary Almendras described NREP as “a focused and sustained drive towards energy security and improved access to clean and affordable energy.”

“NREP is a plan and like all plans, it is not cast in stones. It must be constantly reviewed and updated to be able to adjust as new technologies develop. As a living document, the NREP will be regularly reviewed and updated, guided by our primary goal of providing clean and affordable energy sources to future generations of Filipinos,” Almendras said.

President Benigno S. Aquino who gave the keynote message during the event emphasized that the development of clean energy is one of the immediate priorities of the government and that it will keep a “watchful eye” in ensuring that policies and guidelines will provide a level playing field, transparency, and fair electricity pricing.

The event, attended by nearly 700 renewable energy stakeholders, brought together representatives of youth groups, civic organizations, church groups, and the private sector – all in support of the country's national renewable energy program.

Source: doe.gov.ph