By Lenie Lectura | Business Mirror

 

THE power-generation arm of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is pushing for the completion of 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable-energy (RE) projects in the next five to seven years.

“As we celebrate World Environment Day, we announce that we are developing 1,000 MW of RE projects in the next five years to seven years, joining the inexorable shift to renewable energy and the adoption of sustainable practices in everything we do,” Meralco President and CEO Atty. Ray C. Espinosa said.

The newly appointed top Meralco official said the utility firm is committed to developing large-scale RE projects that can deliver competitive electricity for its customers, without any requirement for subsidy or support, while keeping environmental stewardship and sustainability as top priorities in our business.

As part of this plan, MGen Renewable Energy  Inc. (MGreen) was established to serve as the platform for the strategic push to develop RE projects, primarily solar, wind and run-of-river hydro. The new company aims to bring in additional supply to support the Philippines’s growth momentum and help ensure availability of green and cost-competitive power supply in the coming years.

MGreen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meralco PowerGen Corp. (MGen), the power- generation arm of Meralco.

“We are working on several RE prospects, and we recognize the significant reduction in the development cost, particularly for large-scale solar and wind over the past years. Notwithstanding the ongoing requirement for new reliable baseload generation to support the fast-growing Philippine economy, we believe the time is right to focus on building our green-energy capacity and we intend to be a key player in this expanding sector,” MGen President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson said.

“MGen, through MGreen, will continue working on the realization of our project opportunities and will work in partnership with established developers to maximize our growth potential,” he added.

The plan is aligned with MGen’s growth aspirations, which are focused on advancing RE prospects and utilization of high efficiency, low emission (Hele) technology for baseload power plants.

“We will continue to work with the energy industry, [the] government and other stakeholders to serve the country’s energy needs while ever mindful of our greater responsibility to society and the planet,” Singson said.