Gov’t taps private sector to electrify 69 remote areas in Palawan, Negros Occidental

Metro Manila (NCS Philippines, March 18) — The Department of Energy is inviting private companies to present electrical energy companies to 69 far-flung areas in Palawan and Negros Occidental.

These areas have been declared as “remote, underserved, and unserved,” the DOE stated in an announcement on Thursday. Under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, remote and unviable villages that the franchised utilities can not serve shall be open for certified third events or QTPs.

The DOE stated it printed the checklist of QTP Service Areas on Monday, marking the beginning of the 20-day interval when the involved distribution utilities can conduct aggressive bidding.

A public discover was signed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi final Friday. The National Power Corporation will step in if the distribution utilities would fail to comply.

Sixty-three of the newly opened service areas are lined by the Palawan Electric Cooperative, Inc., whereas the remaining six are below the franchise areas of the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative.

According to DOE pointers, participation as a QTP is “open to any party,” together with private companies, native authorities models, cooperatives, non-government organizations, and subsidiaries of technology corporations or distribution utilities that might adjust to technical, monetary, and different necessities. They are to undertake the “least-cost and most efficient technology options.”

The division round additionally states that the DOE shall coordinate with the Energy Regulatory Commission to set the Full Cost Recovery Rate in the QTP areas in a approach that can encourage investments and private sector participation.

“The DOE is determined to fast track its total electrification program for the country,” Cusi said in a statement. “We will make electricity available to all unserved and underserved households in the country, and the QTP program will help us realize our goal.”

(*69*) of December 2017, greater than 20.9 million out of 23.7 million households in the nation have entry to electrical energy, yielding an 88.3% family electrification charge, in accordance to the DOE’s newest annual report launched in 2018.
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