Negros, Leyte showcase of RE

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    The Energy Development Corp. (EDC) said the islands of Negros and Leyte are making the case for communities fully powered by renewable energy.

    Marvin Kenneth Bailon, EDC head of business development–market planning and contracts, cited the examples set by the provinces of Negros and Leyte in building a greener energy future for the country.

    EDC’s 711.4 megawatts (MW) Leyte geothermal project (LGP) is home to its largest geothermal facility and has the biggest wet steam field in the world.  The facility supplies power to Leyte-II Electric Cooperative and Leyte-III Electric Cooperative in the province of Leyte and several other electric cooperatives in the Visayas region.

    EDC’s Southern Negros geothermal project supplies 2 MW to Negros Oriental I Electric Cooperative, 25 MW to Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative, 20 MW to Central Negros Electric Cooperative and 3 MW to Northern Negros Electric Cooperative which is already equivalent to around 16 percent of the island’s power supply out of its peak demand of 312 MW.

    “Since geothermal energy can provide continuous power 24 hours a day, it serves as the best source of baseload power… Studies have repeatedly pointed out that the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to climate-related hazards and we need to take bold action to reverse that. One decisive step we can take is to transform our energy sector and the islands of Negros and Leyte show that it is possible and now even a reality,” Bailon said in a statement.

    Bailon said from being more eco-friendly, electricity generated from geothermal sources enable consumers enjoy more competitively-priced power rates.

    The Philippines is the world’s third largest producer of geothermal energy after the United States of America and Indonesia, mostly because of EDC, which accounts for 61 percent of the country’s current installed capacity.

    EDC, with a total attributable capacity of 1,471.8 MW, is the country’s largest producer of geothermal energy and also has projects from wind, solar and hydro resources.

    According to data from the Department of Energy, as of end-2018, the total installed on-grid capacity of geothermal power plants experienced a minimal growth at 1,944 MW compared from 2017’s 1,916 MW with an overall share of 8.2 percent from the previous 8.4 percent of the power mix.