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𝐍𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫, 𝐂𝐂𝐂 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐌𝐎𝐀 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐚-𝐋𝐮𝐦𝐨𝐭 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) for the rehabilitation of some 25 hectares of denuded upland forest within the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed Forest Reserve in Laguna.
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) expressed its bid to fast-track its renewable energy program in its Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants and gradually minimize the use of diesel generating sets.
Napocor President and CEO Fernando Martin Y. Roxas said that the move also came following the direction of Energy Secretary Raphael M. Lotilla to stop procuring new diesel gensets so as to lessen the Corporation’s dependence on fossil fuels.
“We intend to push for hybridization for existing SPUG and to fully utilize renewable energy with energy storage systems for new areas. This will minimize the losses incurred from rising fuel costs and will eventually make our operations more sustainable,” Roxas said.
Napocor said that it will also use and deploy more solar home systems (SHS) and install wind resource assessment (WRA) in probable areas for wind farms.
In 2022, Napocor has awarded contracts for the installation of around 2,600 units of SHS in Maconacon and Divilacan in Isabela, and in various areas in Masbate, Bohol, Dinagat, Sulu, and Basilan. SHS units include solar panels, batteries, LED lamps, radio, and torch lamps with 5V charging ports and are being distributed to unserved households in SPUG areas.
In batting for sustainability through renewable energy, Napocor can also lower its generation cost over time and minimize its carbon emission. “My ultimate goal is to convert all SPUG areas to 100% RE operations” Roxas said “What is good for the environment is likewise good for Napocor,” he added.
𝐍𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐬 𝐌𝐎𝐔 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with APTI Renewable Energy Corporation (APTI REC) to promote and identify priorities for the development of sustainable renewable energy using biofuel and bio-mass hybrid power in the country, particularly in Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) areas.
𝐍𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐨𝐱𝐚𝐬-𝐓𝐚𝐲𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐧
State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Thursday inaugurates the Roxas-Taytay 69 kV transmission line in Palawan, stretching the province’s backbone transmission to the northern municipality of Taytay.
𝐍𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐬, 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐬 𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐚𝐩𝐬
State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) said that it met agencies in the energy family including the electric cooperatives it serves to seek assistance in mitigating the impact of its insufficient funds for off-grid island operations in 2023.
Napocor President and CEO Fernando Martin Y. Roxas said that Napocor’s top management has always been in close coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the government agencies in its Board since the surge in fuel price last year depleted its 2022 funds and now renders its 2023 approved budget deficient.
NAPOCOR Seeks Congress Aid to Augment its 2023 Budget
State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) earlier sought Congress’ help for the augmentation of its 2023 budget to ensure that it can sustain the operations of its 278 Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants nationwide.
In a letter addressed to the House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Rep. Elizaldy Co and vice-chaired by Rep. Stella Quimbo, Napocor emphasized the need for its supplemental budget to be included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2023 or that additional funding sources to cover the augmentation be approved this year.
“Inclusion of our proposed special provisions in the GAA would allow our Board to augment our budget if possible sources of funds become available without going back to Congress,” said Napocor president and CEO Fernando Martin Roxas.
Napocor said that the augmentation was due to the volatility of fuel prices which are currently priced twice as much than the initially available funds. Fuel accounts for almost 70% of the corporation’s operational costs for both its SPUG plants and new power provider subsidies (NPPs).
Roxas said that other contingency measures being considered are credit lines from the Landbank of the Philippines, immediate approval of tariff applications before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and reimbursements for the advances it made in the maintenance of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) from 2011 to 2023 in the amount of 404 million.
As mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, Napocor powers up far-flung islands and communities not connected to the main grid. Along with NPPs/QTPs and with its 278 power plants and power barges and as operators of the transmission systems of six provinces, it provides electricity to around 1.3 million households in the countryside.
NPC signs memorandum of understanding with PTFCF for watershed conservation & management
National Power Corporation (NPC) Officer-in-Charge Usec. Donato D. Marcos on Tuesday signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF)
European Union funds solar home systems for 30,500 households in remote villages in Mindanao
𝘕𝘢𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳
DAVAO CITY - The European Union (EU), the World Bank, and the National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Monday afternoon held a ceremony in Mindanao to mark the completion and formally turn over 30,500 units of solar home systems (SHS) installed in isolated households of five electric cooperatives (ECs) in Bukidnon, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, Cotabato, and South Cotabato.
With an investment of EUR18.4 million EU grant, this work is part of the EU’s larger EUR 66 million-funded electrification program under the Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP). The work on the electrification of households in remote villages in Mindanao has been implemented since 2019 by Napocor, with the technical support of the World Bank. Before this, 10,000 SHS units had already been installed in the same areas, co-funded by the World Bank-managed Global Partnership on Output-based Aid (GPOBA).
“The European Union is committed to supporting the Philippines’ thrust to promote renewable energy and improve energy access. We are proud to have financed this action that reached vulnerable and isolated communities directly, providing a sustainable solution to a basic need such as access to electricity,” said Mr. Christoph Wagner, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.
Ndiamé Diop, the World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, said that electrification is essential for poverty alleviation and inclusive growth, stressing the World Bank is gratified for being able to contribute to the government’s last-mile electrification campaign.
“There are still more than 1 million households in the Philippines without access to electricity, most of them in remote and isolated regions or islands of Mindanao,” said Mr. Diop.
He further said that government leadership, public financing, and off-grid renewable energy solutions are critical to bringing electricity to these remote and impoverished households and communities.
Napocor as ASEP implementing agency conducted the bulk procurement of SHS and facilitated the delivery and installation of 30,500 units to households within the franchise areas of the five participating electric cooperatives: Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative Inc.(BUSECO), Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative Inc. (Sukelco), Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. (Dasureco), South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Socoteco II), and Cotabato Electric Cooperative Inc. (Cotelco).
Each SHS package includes a 50-watt peak solar panel, a charge controller with lithium-ion batteries that can power at least 4 LED bulbs, a radio, torchlight, and USB ports to charge gadgets. The SHS is mainstreamed in the systems of electric cooperatives in terms of connection, billing, collection, operation, and maintenance. With the formal turnover of the SHS equipment, the beneficiary households now become member-consumer-owner of the ECs and will have the same rights and obligations as those connected in the electric cooperatives’ distribution system.
“The project has been successful in many ways – we have provided sustainable, safe, and clean energy in isolated households in these areas and have increased photovoltaic technology talents through professional training to our electric cooperatives,” said Napocor Officer-in-Charge Atty. Melchor P. Ridulme.
Ridulme also expressed gratitude to the World Bank and EU for supporting the implementation of ASEP, particularly during the challenging times of the COVID19 pandemic. He shared that, drawing inspiration from the project, Napocor will also be distributing SHS in its Small Power Utility Group areas using Philippine government funds.
NP Board designates Chief Legal Counsel again as Napocor OIC Prexy as Marcos resigns
The National Power Board early this week has designated National Power Corporation (Napocor) Acting SVP & COO and Vice President/Legal Counsel Atty. Melchor Ridulme as Officer-in-Charge after sitting OIC DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos tendered his resignation, effective immediately.
Marcos who stated health issues in his notice of resignation said that he also wants to concentrate on his role as career undersecretary at the Department of Energy in the meantime.
Atty. Ridulme will be Napocor’s OIC until a new Appointive Director is nominated by President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and formally elected as President and CEO by the National Power Board.
The NP Board has given him authority to approve and act on pressing matters that confront Napocor. This includes but is not limited to the following: sign contracts relating to the procurement of goods and services, approve disbursements of the corporation’s financial transactions, release funds and approve payroll of employees and personnel, issue office orders, and memoranda, and sign promotional appointments of employees.
Meanwhile, Atty. Ridulme said that the Corporation has recently finalized its inputs for the transition report being prepared by the Department of Finance for the next administration.
“Napocor management and our Office of the Corporate Secretary are also updating documents and presentations for the incoming Cabinet Secretaries and their alternates who will make up Napocor’s Governing Board,” Ridulme said.