DOE looking on 10 possible ‘Projects of National Significance’

Ten renewable energy projects tagged as possible ‘Projects of National Significance’ are under the evaluation of the Department of Energy (DOE) under the Executive Order (EO) 30, officials disclosed.

“We are still at the evaluation stage for 10 projects. These are mostly generation projects, but we are not excluding any entity because there are transmission projects and even resource development,” DOE Undersecretary Jesus Posadas said.

“These are more on RE generation projects because these are the projects usually facing issues in permitting like NCIP (National Commission on Indigenous Peoples) and NWRB (National Water Resources Board),” Posadas added.

EO 30 provides that government agencies concerned with energy projects should presume other agencies were able to act upon and issue their respective permits within a 30-day period.

The said order also assembles the DOE-led Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC) tasked to spearhead and coordinate the national government efforts to harmonize, integrate and streamline regulatory processes, requirements and forms relevant to the development of energy investments in the country.

DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi mentioned about a geothermal facility as one of the projects assessed under EO 30.

“There is a ready company, I just want to make sure that there is no issue. It’s a geothermal project in the north, somewhere in Ifugao. It’s just under evaluation,” he said.

Another project under the list is a PhP 52-billion Visayas-Mindanao Interconnection Porject (VMIP), DOE Assistant Secretary Redentor Delola confirmed. “It is among those being evaluated,” he added.