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‘Provinces should be
allowed to develop RE'

The Energy Regulatory Commission has been asked to review the Feed-In-Tariff rules it released recently to promote the use of renewable energy, particularly the FIT rates that should not only be based on technology, but also on geographic location.

Rep. Jack Enrile (Cagayan, 1st District) said, in a press release, that the provinces should be allowed to harness their natural competitive advantages.

If the provinces have the natural resource to produce energy that can sustain their needs, the ERC and the National Renewable Energy Board should incentivize them by lowering their FIT rates, Enrile added in the press release.

The ERC has based the FIT rates on a "per-technology" basis, which means it will be different for solar, ocean, wind, biomass, and hydro. The rates, however, will be separately approved by the ERC based on the submissions by the NREB, the press release added.

The proposed rates are P7 per kilowatt-hour for biomass, P6.15/kWh for run-of-river electricity, P10.37/kWh for wind power, P17.65/kWh for ocean technology and P17.95/kWh for solar, all estimated to add around P0.12/kWh to the electricity bills of consumers, the press release added.*


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