The correct mix of fossil fuels and renewable energy (RE) could reduce electricity cost by up to P4 per kilowatt hours (kwh), said Christoph Menke, strategic advisor to the Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP), a joint undertaking of the European Union and the Philippine Department of Energy (DoE).

Studies have shown that correct combination of diesel-fueled power plants and RE, like solar panels, could bring down electricity rates by P4/kwh in the main islands and up to P1 in small islands.

At the three-day Philippines mini-grid business-to-business (B2B) forum in Manila, Menke proposed the hybridization of the existing power plants that run on diesel capable of churning 374.5 megawatts. He said consumers should use both on-grid power supply that runs on diesel as well as RE to reduce consumption.

“Studies have shown that correct combination of diesel-fueled power plants and RE, like solar panels, could bring down electricity rates by P4/kwh in the main islands and up to P1 in small islands,” Menke said.

The studies, he said, include educating the public on the use of technology and improving the supply chain from the purchase and actual use of diesel fuel as well as improvements in the procurement processes.

“We should educate the consumers about their power requirement. There should be a balance in using diesel-fed power plants and solar energy, as well as applying available technologies to bring down energy consumption,” Menke said. “The productive use of electricity will boost the development of the economic situation in the countryside.”

 

Source: CMB | tribune.net.ph

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