9 November 2010 in The Visayan Daily Star
Coal, biomass firms set for Negros plants
More firms have expressed interest in setting up coal-fired power plants in Negros Occidental, while officials of a company planning to put up a multi-fuel biomass power plant in Sagay City are set to meet with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Nov. 15.
Global Business Power Corp. president Art Aguilar met with Marañon Friday to inform him of their plan to build a coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental and visited various areas in the province, including Pulupandan, to find a site.
“We are encouraging them to build a plant in Negros and they are very serious about it,” Marañon said.
Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña said if the governor is agreeable to a coal plant he will allow it in his town.
Fourth generation coal plants are environmentally safe, Peña said.
Philinvest is also looking into setting up a coal plant in the province, Marañon also said.
Meanwhile, David de Montaigne, president of Global Green Power PLC Corp., will pay a courtesy call on the governor on Nov. 15.
In a letter to the governor, he thanked the province of Negros Occidental and Sagay City for endorsing their plan to build a 35 megawatt multi-fuel biomass power plant project in Sagay City.
Montaigne said that during their technical visit his group would like to discuss the identification of the most appropriate lot for the project site, meet with potential biomass suppliers, and host a public consultation as an information, education and communication tool.
The firm has already applied for a Renewable Energy Certificate and Operating Contract with the Department of Energy, Montaigne said.
The firms planning to set up hydro electric plants in Negros Occidental are also applying for the necessary permits with the DOE, Marañon added.