The Very Vague Energy Development Plan of the Philippines

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

After 3 years of not crafting any plans for the energy sector, the Department of Energy (DoE) disclosed that it will start working on a Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) that stretches from 2010 until 2030.
Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes said they plan to adopt the 2030 time frame being done internationally for the country's energy plan but at this point through , he cannot offer specific direction on what the plan shall focus on. The last time the Energy Plan was modified was in 2005.
The Supplemental Power Development Plant released last year, the DoE indicated that the critical period for the Luzon grid will start by 2010, roughly two years from now. While the Visayas, having saved by the 200 megawatt coal-fired power plant project of the KEPCO-Salcon group will experience it in 2011.
Two years from now, the energy crisis will become more evident as the government particularly the Department of Energy stay dumbfounded and idle. What do they have? A very vague Energy Development Plan that for now, is just an idea not even written in paper. The government must find ways to solve this and with the help of the congress build laws to whip the officials to act faster before its all too late.
Gone are the days where we depend on coal-generated power plants. In a world where people are becoming more conscious of the ramifications of their actions, carbon-emitting coal-powered plants will soon be a thing of the past. The Business Sector should invest in renewable energy as it is more accessible and more profitable as the world's economies shift to "greener" methods.


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