Energy chief orders fast tracking of renewable energy program

Published onJuly 30, 2020

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered faster implementation of the National Renewable Energy Program 2020-2040 to achieve its target of 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy in 20 years. “There is a need to fast track the NREP to help the country achieve the goals set forth in the Renewable Energy Act of 2008,” Cusi said in a statement on Tuesday. The program contains the policy framework under the Republic Act 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008. The official also said that it is already late to update the NREP 2011-2030 given developments in the past years. The department said based on its accomplishment report for 2020, NREP 2020-2040 presents a “paradigm shift” by renewable energy systems, namely: 1. Consumer + RE Systems that aims to develop renewable energy for consumers in the agriculture, health and education sectors; 2. Consumer + RE Systems + Distribution Utility that aims to promote investments; and 3. Consumer + RE Systems + Distribution Utility + System and Market Operations that targets to increase investments in large-scale renewable energy projects and accelerate compliance with standards and policies.