10 August 2011 in SunStar Cebu
Company official calls on President to hasten RE dev’t
GLOBAL Green Power PLC Corp. (GGPC), a UK-invested company developing biomass power plants around the country, has called on President Benigno Aquino III to hasten the development of renewable energy.
In an open letter to the President, GGPC president Maribeth de Montaigne said the efforts of the Department of Energy to promote renewable energy suffered a setback with the pronouncement of the Board of Investments to “delay the implementation of the Renewable Energy Act.”
De Montaigne said the BOI statement negated the hard work of the team led by Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and the efforts of the National Renewable Energy Board led by lawyer Pete Maniego.
“This is something we cannot understand as the nation faces yet another impending power crisis. What will be our alternative? Continued unabated expansion and use of imported coal and oil?” she said.
De Montaigne said the country is looking forward to a higher growth rate as international investor confidence in the Philippines is renewed and the energy sector must be ready to support this surge in the economy with sufficient and reasonably-priced electricity.
“Your Excellency has clearly and resoundingly made a commitment to pursue renewable energy as this can free the Filipino from the impact of staggering world oil and coal prices. Our country therefore needs to embrace cost competitive renewable energy without delay and without fear or favor to those who seek the deferral of clean, cost effective renewable energy for reasons of either being mis-informed or vested interests,” de Montaigne said.
She said perceptions from certain sectors that renewable energy is expensive is short-sighted, given the country’s dependence on imported coal and oil, the price of which are highly volatile and increasingly becoming more expensive.
“New technology today provides us the ability to generate and deliver baseload power from renewable energy sources, cheaper that newly built coal or oil-based power generation facilities, when developed within the framework of the Renewable Energy Act,” she said.
“It would be a national disgrace therefore not to encourage, support and maximize the deployment of this technology with all possible haste,” de Montaigne said. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 11, 2011.