Cebu-is-switching-to-renewablesRenewable Energy Cebu.

Cebu’s leading power distributor Visayan Electric Company (Veco) stated that though they are still using coal and some fossil fuel, 50% of their electric supply now comes from renewable energy.

In the launching forum last Thursday June 29 in a national campaign for a shift to renewable, Veco chief operating officer Anton Perdices said, “renewable energy is good, but it’s not yet suitable on its own. Veco has to maintain a balanced mix of generation sources to provide reliable and competitively priced power. Renewable energy is great for Cebu.”

“A balanced mix of renewables and thermal energy sources can address the different levels and patterns of power demand in the most efficient and cost-effective way,” Perdices added.

Other speaker in the said forum urge the use of RE and campaigned against the use of coal.

Philippines branch manager of Climate Reality Project, Rodne Galicha said “Cebu must lead in saying “No” to coal projects.”

Regina Lopez, former Environment secretary also stressed the shift to RE and said “we have wind. We have solar. We must go renewables.”

32% of the entire country’s generation mix came from RE in 2015. Globally, only around 20% of the power is renewable.

“RE sources lessen the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and helps mitigate the effects of climate change,” Perdices said.

“In the long term, RE is cheaper than fossil-based technologies. But the intial investment into RE is high at present,” Perdices added.

“Veco’s customers can avail RE under the net metering scheme. At present, 48 accounts with a total installed capacity of 364 kilowatts are enrolled under Veco’s net metering system,” he said.

Registered households get bi0directional meters that register the amount of power they transfer to the grid and their electricity consumption.

The Renewable Energy Act of 2008 provides that households and establishments can install solar panels with generation capacity of up to 100 kilotwatts to satisfy their electricity demand and to deliver excess power to the local distribution grid.

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