by Jan Albert K. Araña
MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–The Department of Energy (DOE) aims to have a cleaner and more sustainable energy future for the country as it ventures to transition from the use of fossil fuel power sources to renewable energy.
DOE Mindanao Field Office Representative Engineer Erick George Uy shared during DTI-Misamis Oriental’s Talakayan on Clean Energy Transition that the department is heading towards a path of sustainable and clean energy as part of the Philippine Energy Plan 2020–2040 targets.
Currently, the country uses mostly 71.7 percent fossil fuel as a source of energy supply, alongside oil at 34.6% and coal at 37.1%. The transition towards clean and sustainable energy is part of the country’s efforts to address climate change and lower its carbon footprint.
“We want ourselves to envision a cleaner and more sustainable energy future. That is why we are encouraging everyone, especially our primary energy stakeholders to jive into clean and renewable energy,” Uy said.
Uy underscored the role of energy in the attainment of sustainable development in the country, and having access to energy that is affordable, reliable, and sustainable can be a transformative tool that will equip the country in tackling its modern challenges.
Meanwhile, prime stakeholders such as the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Lights Co., Inc. (CEPALCO), Greenergy Development Corporation, and Ulric Solar Power Enterprises Corporation commit to supporting and promoting the program for the transition towards the use of clean and sustainable energy.
DOE encourages and hopes that all consumers will participate as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, or RA 11285, will soon be in full effect. The agency also reminds the public that the effective use of energy resources starts with individuals and consumers.
Currently, as of 2021, there are 959 total renewable energy contracts awarded by the department and various energy stakeholders, which can produce a potential capacity of 48 gigawatts and a total installed capacity of 5.6 gigawatts. (JAKA/PIA-10)