GreenDev’s Response to COVID-19


  As industries gear up to operate in the “New Normal”, we at GreenDev ensure that the health and safety of our Consultants, Employees, Clients and Stakeholders remain our top priority as we continue project mobilization.

  Our Team shall Work From Home twice a week. In the commute to and during the stay in the office, our employees shall observe health and safety protocols such as social distancing, washing/sanitizing of hands, proper wearing and disposal of facemasks, and such. Employees who do not feel well are advised to self-isolate for fourteen (14) days, and to seek medical attention.

  For meetings, we will be utilizing video conference platforms such as Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams to limit the need for face-to-face meetings and visits to the office.

  For official business travel and fieldwork, we have prepared a Pre-Assessment Form for our Employees, Consultants, Research Assistants, and all those in the project team to make sure they are fit to go to the field. We will be providing our project teams PPE such as face masks, goggles/spectacles, together with sanitation materials.  For fieldworks with public gatherings, we shall be closely coordinating with LGUs to ensure that protocols are followed and that all possible scenarios are taken into account. A fourteen (14)-day self-quarantine shall also be observed after travel to destinations with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

  GreenDev shall continue monitoring latest developments regarding COVID-19 such as the latest issuances released by the national government and LGUs for us to be guided in making decisions that prioritize the safety of the whole team while providing our services to our Clients.

PH Hydropower Market Analytics as of March 2018

Towards the country’s goal of national development, the Philippines continues to implement power market reforms which are found in the Renewable Energy Roadmap 2017-2040, where increasing the Renewable Energy portfolio to a total of at least 20,000MW is being looked at.

According to Guido Alfredo Delgado, a Power and Energy advisor and a Renewable Energy advocate, that RE will soon be displacing coal because of the declining costs of RE that will make coal less competitive in the years to come.

A diverse energy supply system is being promoted, too, and power market reforms such as the Green Energy Options Program (GEOP) is reaching completion, while still being finalized by the Department of Energy (DOE), is already being applied, where a number of industrial facilities already purchase power directly from RE Independent Power Producers (IPPs) or Power Generation companies. Soon consumers can directly contract to distribution utilities or electric cooperatives.

The country has now started doing studies for other sources of energy such as Ocean Energy, Floating Solar System and Battery Energy Storage with further development until 2030, as an addition to Biomass, Geothermal, Solar, Hydro and Wind sources.

With Hydropower having the largest number of players among the Renewable Energy sources including Biomass, Geothermal, Solar, Ocean and Wind, developing and investing on Hydropower Projects look promising, compared to before, especially with new Energy Reforms that are coming in, in which one of them is the Executive Order-30, mandated by the President of the Philippines, creating a committee to regulate the permit applications for speedier regulatory approvals for these RE developers if qualified as Energy Projects of National Significance (EPNS).

There are 445 awarded projects for Hydropower as of 30 June 2017 DOE data, with potential capacity of 13,419.73MW eyed up to Year 2030 and versus 965.04MW installed capacity. Excluded here are the Micro-hydropower projects (HEPs) or small off-grid HEPs connected to the cooperatives and HEPs of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) and National Electrification Authority (NEA).

Of the 3,553MW indicative hydropower projects as of 30 November 2017 DOE data, 273MW is the potential capacity for small HEPs, with the Luzon Island catering to the most number of HEPs in the country. Of these HEPs, 67% is on the permitting stage, as to the acquisition of permits in the country takes around 6 months the least, and up to 2 years of processing up to approval. There are 93 pending applications for 2,270MW for hydropower alone, and it concludes the interest of developers and investors alike. Despite the ongoing laws for Hydropower development, having the Bilateral Scheme, with the Open and Competitive Selection Process (OCSP) to bid in the Distribution Utility, and implementation of the FiT of Php 5.8705/kWh, which however the FiT allocation for hydro is not yet fully subscribed, still attracts IPPs, though most of the IPPs are doing the 70-80% bilateral and 30-20% Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) mix. Another thing which attracts developers and investors now is the plan of adding the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in Mindanao eyeing it implemented by July 2018, WESM, being the Market Operator, can really help control the power distribution in Mindanao.

Development of the Transmission Line to address the energy system is as much important. Included in the 2014-2015 Transmission Development Plan (TDP) are the proposed Major Transmission Projects for 2016-2025, with Metro Manila as the major load center in the Luzon area, where its electricity is being imported from the Northern and Southern parts. For the Visayas Grid, Cebu is considered the major load center. Cebu, as is composed of many islands, utilizing more of the conventional types of energy sources such as coal and bunker.

Quoting from Carlito Salazar, Vice President in one of the Power Generation and Distribution Utilities in the country, that developers and investors are still hopeful and making preparatory works for the eventual implementation of projects.

Philippines is of high potential, and our country, having that inclination to being environmental advocates, we tend to lean towards Renewable Energy more now. Hopeful that these power market reforms can lead us to our goal to getting that RE up in percentage value in our energy mix.

Sources: https://www.doe.gov.ph/



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