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PH Senator pushes for Energy R&D

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In a bid to bring the Philippine energy sector up to speed with innovative international technologies and make the industry more responsive to the demands of consumers and sector players, Senator Win Gatchalian has filed Senate Bill No. 1290, which proposes the establishment of a Philippine Energy Research and Policy Development Institute (PERPDI) in the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

“The energy sector is naturally characterized by rapidly changing technologies. Unfortunately, most of the country’s policy instruments cannot keep up due to limitations in local research and technical capacity. This bill seeks to address these limitations by establishing an institution which will bridge research and policy gaps in pursuit of Philippine energy security, affordability, and sustainability,” said Gatchalian, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy.

In executing its mandate, the PERPDI will also be charged with ensuring that the results of energy research and policy development activities are utilized to improve the energy sector, the economy, and the lives of the people.”

Through the PERPDI, Gatchalian said the government will be armed with the capacity to formulate multidisciplinary research-based policies and strategies for the cost-effective use of energy resources towards environmentally-sound energy development.

“Formulating and executing a concrete blueprint for the future of the energy sector is critical to fostering inclusive long-term growth and development for our country. The creation of PERPDI will be an important milestone in our quest to achieve these ambitious socio-economic goals,” said Gatchalian.

For the complete press release, refer to this link: PH Senator pushes for Energy R&D

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Philippine Energy 2017: An Overview

The Philippines has a population of 102 million in 81 provinces. By 2030, the population is expected to reach 110 million.

The country’s only source of natural gas, the Malampaya gas field, is expected to be depleted by 2022, reducing the capacity of the Luzon grid by 30%. Despite the country’s dependence on coal, the cheapest source of energy, the Philippines has the highest electricity cost in the region.

The country will require an investment of $30-billion worth of power projects in the next 15 years to meet the growing demand for electricity.  There will be an additional 51 power plants by 2020 [14 coal-fired power, 32 renewable and 5 oil/natural gas-fired] with a combined total capacity of 4,880MW. These power plants will require more importation of coal, natural gas with the government having to push for a higher share of renewable energy projects in the country.  

The target is to achieve a 60 per cent self-sufficiency level by 2030 from the current level of 36 per cent.

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Thank you to the following individuals who made this paper possible:
Director Mario Marasigan of the Department of Energy, Renewable Energy Bureau
Ms. Tata Corpuz of the Australian Trade Commission (AusTrade Manila), Mining, Oil & Gas  Business Development Manager

Empowering the Future through Solar Energy

In a world where excess is a way of life, love for the environment  and the minimalist lifestyle is a dying breed. But Honorio “Rod” Tolentino, President of NickelPhil Consultants and LEDS Lighting Systems, Inc. stays optimistic.

A licensed geologist by profession, who also happens to be a strong advocate of responsible mining, decided to think of a way where he can harness energy from a source that is not harmful to the environment.  Seeing the destructive side of mining, he decided to take advantage of this free energy provided by the sun.

One of his inventions, a mobile streetlight (humorously called their Power Kariton) runs on solar energy, has already won an award in Singapore. He firmly believes that through renewable energy, we can help our environment avoid deterioration.

“Solar energy is the simplest form of renewable energy. It has the lowest need for maintenance, and it can be easily operated. All you need is a nice spot to catch the sun’s rays and you are ready to go.”- Rod Tolentino

One of the good things about going solar is that it can provide anyone with a reliable source of energy. From a corporate perspective, for example, having solar energy as your power source can also provide backup whenever there’s brownout. In other words, Meralco won’t cripple your business (or even your household) due to its loss of power supply.

Solar energy can also be stored in batteries for future use. When it comes to its disadvantages, Rod can’t see anything aside from the battery’s disposal. But even the batteries are recyclable.

Join MissTolentino.com  as we take a closer look at this ingenious way of harnessing energy.

 

Husband & Wife duo, Rod & Lyn, together with their team welcome us into their impressive solar powered home and office. Here the couple pose with solar panels and solar powered golf cart.
Husband and Wife, Rod and Lyn, together with their team welcome us into their impressive solar powered home and office. Here the couple pose with their Power Kariton and solar powered golf cart.
A sample of the solar panels used to light their impressive home.  These babies were currently being charged in their driveway when we took snapshots.
Introducing the Power Kariton. These are the solar panels used to light their impressive home. These babies were currently being charged on their driveway when MissTolentino.com arrived.
A geologist by profession, Rod Tolentino shows off his solar powered golf cart his kids use for small errands (and play) around their community.
A geologist by profession, Honorio “Rod” Tolentino, President of NickelPhil Consultants and LEDS Lighting Systems, Inc. shows off his solar powered golf cart he himself designed. Currently this prototype is being used by his kids for errands (and play) around their community.
The minimalist approach yet well powered home of Rod functions as showcase for clients who are interested in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy.
The minimalist approach yet well powered home of Rod functions as showcase for clients who are interested in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy.
A view of a hallway leading to guest rooms is well lit with solar powered lights. The transition to LED lights has significantly lowered their energy consumption by 30-40%.
A view of a hallway leading to guest rooms is well lit with solar powered lights. The transition to LED lights has significantly lowered their energy consumption by 30-40%.
True to its pursuit, the whole office and house of Rod Tolentino is powered by solar energy.
True to its pursuit, the whole office and house of Rod Tolentino is powered on solar energy.

The official story and interview with Rod and his journey towards energy sustainability will come out in the August-October issue of the Philippine Resources Journal.