The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled its key priorities for 2023, top of which is pursuing contingency measures and activities to ensure energy supply during critical periods, and pushing for the continued development of alternative fuel and improving access to electricity.
The DOE, in collaboration with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), is also set to develop the policy and framework for new and emerging renewable energy (RE) technologies. These include offshore wind, waste-to-energy, expanded rooftop solar program, as well as ocean and tidal stream energy.
To meet the target of 35% renewable energy (RE) share in the country’s power generation mix by 2030 and 50% by 2040, the current Marcos administration has increased investments in RE projects.
At the same time, the DOE and National Power Corp. (NPC) will undertake its RE development program, including the hybridization of diesel generating facilities, considering that 89% of the energy generation and capacity mix in off-grid areas came from oil-based sources.
Lastly, the use of nuclear power is also an important part of the energy mix that the DOE is eyeing. The DOE will update the existing Nuclear Road Map to guide both the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO) and the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC) in addressing the challenges of the country’s nuclear energy program.
(Source: Philippine Information Agency)