The Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) is eyeing to take over the mini-hydro energy source project of the struggling Langogan Power Corp.
The cooperative’s application for its own energy service contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) was endorsed this week by the provincial board.
Board Member Ryan Maminta, chair of the committee on energy, said that PALECO through its Board Resolution No. 157 has signified interest to apply for a renewable energy service contract for Langogan River in Puerto Princesa City, Talakaigan in Aborlan, and Batang-Batang River in Narra.
He said it is in anticipation of the expiration next year of an existing service contract that was previously issued to the Langogan Hydropower Corporation, which has reportedly been struggling to undertake the project.
“Ang Langogan ay hindi maka-develop hanggang ngayon. Malapit na rin mag-end ang energy service contract nila. Ang concern ng PALECO ay pag-expire ng service contract ng Langogan. Next year ay a-apply na sila kaya gusto nila na sila na ang mag-develop,” Maminta said.
Maminta added that PALECO’s plan to venture into the business of providing alternative energy is being supported by the board.
He said that it is imperative to venture into the generation business to meet the future demands in Palawan through hydropower energy.
However, Board Member Albert Rama said that he has doubts if PALECO will able to provide better power generation services considering its “poor distribution service”.
“PALECO cannot address [the problem of] power distribution, and now they are planning to enter into power generation, I doubt. Marami ng sumubok pero walang nangyayari but I want to be optimistic that Palawan will have a good power supply,” Rama said.
He also said that investors might be the problem in the development of possible renewable energy, particularly in Langogan.
“Dapat lang i-endorse ang mga energy sources at other possible power projects pero hanggang ngayon hindi na-approve. ‘Yong Langogan medyo nawala na ang mga investor, pakiramdam ko mga investor ang problema. Iniisip ko kung is it possible dyan sa mga lugar na ‘yan, kapag dry season natutuyo din, windang ang ating supply kapag ganon,” Rama said.
In addition, Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez said also proposed to include Mainit and Samariñana river to be included in the application of the service contract to DOE.