TAGUIG CITY – The Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the European Union (EU)-supported Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (EU-ASEP) conducted a series of Virtual Training Workshops for the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) Compliance Plan of Mandated Participants for the entire month of October.
The DOE-Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) spearheaded the training as part of its mission to promote the exploration, development; commercialization, and utilization of indigenous renewable energy resources; and accelerate energy access to far-flung communities through renewable energy (RE) sources.
“As a country composed of more than 7,000 islands, we will be one of the first casualties of sea level rise due to global warming. Hence, the Philippine government’s interest in an accelerated program for conversion to RE, despite implementation challenges. To have a fair chance, it will need the cooperation, even dedication, of all of you in the electricity generation business,” EU-ASEP Rural Electrification Expert Dr. Ernesto Terrado said in his opening remarks.
DOE-REMB Director Mylene Capongcol also emphasized that “the future of the Philippines is renewable energy”.
“Through our compliance with the RPS Rules, we achieve energy self-reliance through the accelerated exploration and expansion of renewable energy sources, especially in our localities. The DOE is one with the energy players in preparing their own respective RPS Compliance Plans,” she stressed.
The online training featured discussions on the RPS Off-Grid Rules, RPS Form, Philippine Renewable Energy Market System, the basics of hybridization, and the full application of the Simplified Planning Tool (SPT) 3.0.
SPT is Excel-based software developed by Reiner Lemoine Institute through EU-ASEP to provide an estimate of the optimal share of RE resources (e.g. solar, wind, and hydro power) to achieve the objectives of the RPS. The use of SPT 3.0 will help enhance the cost-effectiveness of RE-diesel hybrid projects and RE resource development in off-grid and missionary areas. Ultimately, this tool will enable its users to conduct their own hybridization studies with realistic and more site-specific results.
EU Programme Manager for Energy Ileana Miritescu said during the training: “With the development of the SPT3.0, the EU hopes to help the DOE, energy agencies, power generators, distribution utilities, and qualified third parties. SPT3.0 is free and reliable software that encourages sustainable transformation of diesel-based systems to hybrid or fully renewable-based systems, as a reasonable option to improve local living conditions of Filipinos in the mountains and the islands. The EU supports the efforts of the government to a greener Philippines.”
To prepare the participants in formulating their respective RPS Plans, they were grouped and given individual case studies to simulate hybridized RE supply configurations with consideration to the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and minimum RE share, among others. Lead trainers and RE experts from EU-ASEP, Dr. Philipp Blechinger; Paul Bertheau; and Tobias Rieper, provided guidance, clarification, and the interpretation of results.
Over 150 representatives from Philippine lead energy agencies, power generations, and electric cooperatives attended the month-long virtual training.