MANILA-- Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said the Philippines' indigenous energy resources can be maximized through the building of stable and sustainable supply of affordable electricity with strong government support.
Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, made this statement saying that he is now drafting a measure which will mandate the priority procurement of power produced from indigenous resources in small power utility group (SPUG) areas.
"This bill is still in the works...I am excited to file it when it's ready," Gatchalian told members of the National Geothermal Association of the Philippines (NGAP) during its 14th Annual General Assembly Meeting in Pasig City.
Under Gatchalian's proposed bill titled "Indigenous Energy Resources Prioritization Act," he seeks to require distribution utilities and electric cooperatives in SPUG areas to prioritize the procurement and dispatch of electricity generated by indigenous sources.
These sources include those produced by geothermal plants, before contracting with plants powered by foreign diesel and other external fuels.
Gatchalian pointed out that the development of indigenous energy sources, especially renewables such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal, shields the Philippines from supply shocks.
However, with indigenous energy sources, he said that the government is in control of the stability and security of its own energy supply.
Essentially, indigenous energy promotes Philippine energy independence, the senator said.
The neophyte senator, meanwhile, said that he would start working on the proposed measure as soon as it is ready for committee discussions.
Source: Philippines News Agency