3 Iloilo towns have renewable energy potential, says DOE
“We have partnered with the academefor micro-hydro projects there,” according to Capongol. “The spatial plan is the map where theresources are located. The resources can be biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro,or ocean (and) wind resources that we can use for renewable energy and forproductive uses of the farmers, fisherfolk, health workers, (and) teachers,”said Fuentebella. (With a report from thePhilippine News Agency/PN) The three towns may potentiallydevelop micro-hydro systems, she pointed out. Through DREAMS, the DOE, inpartnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and GlobalEnvironment Facility (GEF), aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of thepower industry by promoting and facilitating the commercialization of renewableenergy markets. According to Iloilo provincialadministrator Suzette Mamon, the local government units of Carles, Concepcionand Ajuy are currently in the planning stage. “We are seeing a huge potential forrenewable energy development and our objective is to come up with moresustainable energy services for our fellowmen,” said Mylene Capongol, directorof DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau. ILOILO – The municipalities of Carles,Concepcion and Ajuy in northern Iloilo have renewable energy resources that arenot yet tapped, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). On Feb. 18 the provincial governmentand DOE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a project calledDREAMS or Development of Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and MarketSustainability (DREAMS). Carles, Concepcion and Ajuy are pilot areas. Undersecretary Felix WilliamFuentebella said the DOE is extending assistance to the three towns. The local government units have toprepare the spatial plan and the type of renewable energy resource. “They are conducting local needsassessment,” said Mamon.