DOE assures stable power in Bohol, lauds Capitol’s BEDAG

The Department of Energy (DOE) expects power restoration in quake-hit areas of Leyte, Samar and Bohol to reach about 76 percent by Sunday (today).

DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said an additional 40 megawatts (MWs) would come in from the Tongonan Geothermal Power Plants.

According to the DOE’s latest consolidated report, Leyte and Samar provinces have beenn receiving 135.8 MW of power, while Bohol with 56.1MW, about 69 percent of the requirement of the three islands in the Visayas.

Fuentebella visited Bohol to personally discuss the energy resiliency plan of the provincial government and distribution utilities after the devastating 6.5 magnitude earthquake last July 6.

Fuentebella commended the Bohol government’s initiative for creating a Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group to make strategies for the province’s future energy needs, which in turn increases their resiliency in terms of energy.

“This advisory group and the best practices, particularly specified energy plans, can be emulated by other LGUs to be energy-resilient,” Fuentebella said in a radio program aired Friday with Governor Edgardo Chatto.

Fuentebella on Friday commended Bohol officials for organizing an energy advisory group that would help charter future directions of the province toward energy resiliency and power independence from sources located outside Bohol.

Fuentebella, at a press briefing here Friday, lauded the leadership of Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto for creating the Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group (BEDAG), which has members from power distribution utilities, business sector, and concerned government agencies.

Chatto formed the group in 2010 when he assumed governor, and it was in 2013, following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and super-typhoon Yolanda which for weeks cut off power supplies from Leyte to Bohol, that the group moved in full force to make Bohol energy resilient.

“Because you have BEDAG, it is easier for us (DOE) to communicate with your officials and address energy issues,” Fuentebella told a group of reporters at the press briefing.

Under the instruction by DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi, Fuentebella has been attending BEDAG meetings here and explored options for Bohol, DOE, and power stakeholders to have a unified, inland-based power generation sources.

As of Friday, most parts of the province are still experiencing rotational brownouts stretching from three to six hours due to limited power supply from Leyte, which was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on July 6 and triggered a total blackout here.

“DOE is fully committed to bring back normalcy of power to the people of Bohol,” Fuentebella said Friday.

Meanwhile, the DOE has cleared five power projects for the conduct of a grid-impact study (GIS), according to a report by Business Mirror.

A clearance for the conduct of GIS is necessary for a power firm before it can proceed with the construction of its power project.

The proposed projects could generate a total of 209.2 megawatts (MW) of installed power capacity.

Based on DOE data as of June, the project proponents that were allowed to proceed with the GIS are Supreme Power Corp., for a 7.2- MW diesel power-plant project in Ubay, Bohol; SPC Power Corp., for a 32-MW diesel-fired power barge in Maribojoc, Bohol; Bataan 2020 Inc., for a 25-MW multi-feedstock cogeneration plant in Mariveles, Bataan; Horus Solar Energy Corp., for a 45-MW solar-farm project in Morong, Bataan; and Solar Philippines Tanuan Corp., for a 100-MW solar-power project in Batangas.

The DOE approval was issued on June 13 for Supreme Power, SPC Power and Bataan 2020. (with reports from PNA and Business Mirror)

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