Environmental concerns are never just the work of one group or company. If we want to rehabilitate our world, we need to work together. In a focused move towards a cleaner environment, MORE Power, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), and the Iloilo City Government are teaming up in the use of green energy. This partnership aims to make electricity cheaper for the people of Iloilo while also helping the planet by using cleaner, renewable sources of energy.
Making Green Energy and Other Environmental Ideas Accessible to the Consumers
As part of this plan, MORE Power is creating a one-stop shop where they will offer novel energy-saving ideas like Net Metering and Distributed Energy Resources (DER). These will help consumers find other ways to use less energy and help the environment.
Mr. Roel Z. Castro, MORE Power President and CEO, is optimistic about this partnership. MORE Power has been working with the Iloilo City LGU for three years now and they are just as excited to work with ERC for this matter, too.
Castro further revealed that the agreement with ERC and the Iloilo City government supports the national government’s thrust to contribute to global commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions by popularizing the use of renewable energy resources.
“Our collaboration with the city government has been active for the past three years, and we warmly welcome the involvement of ERC. Being the first in the Visayas to enter into this agreement showcases our strong support for the government,” reveals Castro.
ERC will provide technical knowledge to help things run smoothly. They’ll make sure that all the paperwork, setup, payments, and permissions for Net Metering and DER are easy to understand for a seamless operation. This will surely encourage more consumers to get involved. They’re also going to help spread more information on green energy among Ilonggos.
ERC Chairperson and CEO Monalisa C. Dimalanta said that Iloilo is the second pilot LGU with the ERC for Net-Metering and greater renewable energy program. “We hope that other LGUs are similarly inspired to partner with national agencies to bring solutions closer to our people,” she added.
The Popularity of Net Metering is Growing in Iloilo City
As of June 2023, the ERC has issued certificates of compliance to 72 qualified NET Metering users in Iloilo. In all, they have generated a total capacity of 985.37 kilowatt-peak.
“With this partnership, we aim to promote green practices, aligning with the national government’s targets. In Iloilo, our efforts include solar panels at the national high school, city hall, dialysis centers, and eye care facilities,” disclosed Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
The mayor added that the partnership aims to facilitate collaboration opportunities to encourage the use of renewable energy in the locality, adding that Net Metering and DER can benefit the local economy by helping households and small businesses lower energy their consumption.
The CENECO and Primelectric JVA
If the JVA between CENECO is pushed through, Negros Power will be formed and its primary goal is to fix the distribution utility facilities in Central Negros and to bring down electricity costs by buying from renewable energy sources.
Looking forward to the use of green energy in Bacolod City and Central Negros in the near future.