9 firms get DOE approval to conduct grid impact study for proposed power projects

by Lenie Lectura – February 4, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE Department of Energy (DOE) has approved the applications of nine power firms for the conduct of a grid impact study (GIS) for their planned power projects.

Data from the agency for the fourth quarter of 2015 showed that the proposed projects could generate almost 500 megawatts (MW) of power-generating capacity.

This brings the combined capacity of power projects that have been approved to undergo GIS by the agency for the entire 2015 to over 13,000 MW.

A clearance for the conduct of a GIS is necessary before a power firm can proceed with the construction of its power project.

For October 2015 the DOE has approved the GIS applications of Grassgold Renewable Energy Corp. for a 12-MW biomass plant in Nueva Ecija; Manolo Fortich Renewable Energy Corp. for a 12- MW biomass project in Bukidnon; and DMCI Power Corp. for a 46-MW gas power project in Batangas.

In November 2015 the agency approved the study applications of CEKO Solar Farm Systems Corp.’s 100-MW solar project in Cebu and Datem Energy Corp.’s 10-MW diesel power plant in Northern Samar.

In December 2015 the GIS for Ludo Power Corp.’s 300-MW coal- fired power plant in Cebu; Mountain Province Electric Cooperative Inc.’s 5.4-MW hydropower project in Mountain Province; King Energy Generation Inc.’s 7.8-MW diesel plant in Misamis Oriental; and Kiangan mini-hydro Corp.’s 6-MW hydro project in Ifugao were approved.

In September last year, the DOE released the list of approved GIS applications of 15 power firms.

Their proposed projects could generate over 3,000 MW of power- generating capacity.

The list, as of September last year, include the following:

Strategic Power Development Corp., which operates as a subsidiary of SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., secured approval for its 400-MW San Roque optimization hydropower project in Pangasinan; 600-MW San Roque Upper East pumped storage; and 400-MW San Roque Upper West pumped-storage project in Benguet.

Bronzeoak Philippines’s 18-MW solar power project in Negros Occidental and Solar Philippines’s 315-MW various solar power projects, likewise, sought the DOE approval.

Other power firms planning to put up more power projects are Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp.’s 600-MW coal plant; Peakpower Soccsargen Inc.’s 10.14-MW bunker-fired generating set projects; Vires Energy Corp.’s 200-MW power barge; San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders & Development Group Inc.’s 45-MW hydropower project; Cleantech Global Renewables Inc.’s 25-MW solar power project; El Elyon Power Plant Phils. Inc.’s 40-MW solar project; San Carlos Sun Power Inc.’s 61.33-MW solar project; Hedcor Inc.’s 6.15-MW hydro project; NV Vogt Philippines Solar Energy Three Inc.’s 110-MW solar power projects; YH Green Energy Inc.’s 14.5-MW solar project; and Megawatt Clean Energy Inc.’s 50-MW hydro project.