Leyte Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez and Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte backed the use of all energy and expense saving measures such as solar and wind power in support of the global effort to conserve and protect the environment.
Romualdez and Villafuerte said Congress should institutionalize the energy efficiency and conservation programs to enhance efficient use of energy.
“We should continue to promote the use and implementation of energy efficiency and conservation initiatives and projects to protect our environment. We should be aware, concerned, open and to actively adopt the use of modern technology [like solar and wind power] for our needs and in the process promote energy conservation and environmental protection,” Romualdez said.
Villafuerte urged President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to strike a “happy balance” between environmental protection and high growth in revisiting the country’s “energy mix,” so it could come up with an electricity generation program that would help protect Mother Earth and at the same time ensure energy security and thereby keep the economy on its upward trajectory.
He said the Duterte administration must put a premium on the fast-track harnessing of renewable energy (RE) sources like solar and wind power, but it must also acknowledge the similar importance of sufficient, reliable, steady, secure and relatively cheaper sources like coal power, in view of the apparently critical electricity supply especially in the Luzon grid.
“The Department of Energy (DE) must strike a happy balance between environmental protection and high economic growth as it revisits the past government’s 30-30-30 energy mix to come up with a power-generation program that would meet the burgeoning demand of businesses and households over the medium- and long-term,” said Villafuerte.
“Pursuing eco-friendly initiatives in sync with the international campaign against global warming should top our government’s concerns,” Villafuerte added.
Solar energy is a perfect alternative to a tropical island country like the Philippines, where we enjoy sunlight 365 days a year, and therefore solar power 365 days a year.
In the previous administration, the Department of Energy (DoE) had pursued a 30-30-30 energy mix, in which the government targeted getting 30 percent of electricity supply from REs or renewables, 30 percent from coal, 30 percent from natural gas, and 10 percent from new technologies.