Puerto Princesa hydroelectric power plant project seeks ERC’s approval

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The joint-application between the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) and Langogan Power Corporation (LPC) for the establishment of Hydro Electric Power Plants (HEPP) in Puerto Princesa has partially complied with jurisdictional requirements and the proponents are now requested to complete their submission of the rest of the required documents, this following a quasi-judicial public hearing held by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Friday, February 17.

Hon. Judge Josefina Patricia Magpale-Asirit, after hearing the proponent’s expository presentation, pre-trial conference and presentation of evidence, has requested both parties to submit the completion of jurisdictional requirements and other pending documents to get the ERC’s approval.

In response, LPC asked for another 30 days for the completion of pertinent documents. The commissioner considered the proponent’s request and gave LPC another 60-day suspension for the completion.

The Power Supply Agreement between the LPC and PALECO is the very first contract for a renewable energy source involving the energy cooperative. The plants, if completed, will add LPC to PALECO’s current list of power providers which include PPGI, Delta P and DMCI, among others.

Per the agreement, around 14.8 MW of power supply will be distributed to PALECO from two hydroelectric power plants that will be operated in Barangay Langogan in Puerto Princesa and Batang-batang River in Narra for 25 years. Electricity to be generated from the plants will cost P 6.58/KWh. Should the hydroelectric plants be deemed operationally successful, a 3MW-hydropower plant, this time to be established in Talakigan, Aborlan, might follow.

In PALECO’s press release, a total of 17.8 MW power supply can be expected from the three plants. The plant in Langogan will have a capacity of 6.8 MW and will start operations 30 months after the agreement’s approval. The Batang-batang HEPP will have a capacity of 8 MW and will operate 18 months from the Commercial Operation Date (COD) of the Langogan plant. The Talakigan plant, meanwhile, will operate 24 months from the COD of Langogan HEPP.

In an interview, PALECO General Manager Ric Zambales Sr said he is certain that the HEPPs will soon be approved since the commissioners were satisfied with the presentation. This possibility, he added, will make the HEPP project as the first renewable energy source in Palawan, making it more likely to become “a green province”.

Zambales also said that in a past visit to Manila, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez has expressed support to the said hydroelectric power plants. He said the HEPP and Delta P’s new contracts are considered as milestones of PALECO.

No petitions to intervene or oppose the projects were filed against the HEPPs.

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