Electric coops’ submission of RE plan extended

Published October 27, 2021, 6:01 PM

by Myrna M. Velasco

The National Electrification Administration has (NEA) has extended the submission of the mandated Renewable Energy Development Plan (REDP) by the country’s electric cooperatives (ECs) to give them longer leeway to prepare.

The deadline has been extended from October 27 to to Nov. 5 this year.

REDP is a planning tool that can help the electric cooperatives to identify the most feasible and least-cost renewable energy development options.

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has specified that the RE plan submissions of the ECs will be integrated into the government’s all-inclusive goal to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to 35-percent by year 2030.

The NEA memorandum decreed that “it will be an option if the EC decides to include the developmental schedule of owning embedded generation facilities in its planning considering the EC’s existing installations in their investment planning, according to the National Electrification Administration.”

A memorandum issued by the agency has stipulated that the 121 electric cooperatives will have until November 5 this year to prepare and submit their respective REDP, which can also be done via electronic platform, primarily through email.

These power utilities, which are mostly serving electricity consumers in regional areas, were initially given deadline on their RE plan submission last September 27, but NEA opted to have that future power contracts.

The government-run electrification agency is a strong believer that RE technologies – including wind and solar – could be aligned as solutions into energizing jurisdictions on island-mode, and in enhancing the energization target set by the State.

Beyond wind, NEA is in fact leaning on the technology functionality of solar photovoltaic (PV) as alternative in accelerating the electrification of many rural and the remotest areas of the country.

Solar PV, according to NEA, is a technology option they have been turning to in the goal to finally provide electricity access to millions more of Filipinos denied of such basic service for the longest time.

And on the whole, RE technologies, including hybrid technology deployments – as well as the micro grids have been among the array of installations that the government has been studying to bring power to the under-served and un-energized domains of the country.