The project was implemented by the NIPO and APO to present the lastest information on the status of the renewable energy technologies. It also presented the overall feasibility of such technologies, mainly geothermal, solar, and wind power. The resource persons also discussed the pros and cons of each technology.
I participated to determine the applicability of the renewable energy technologies in the Philippines, and to identify the pros and cons. Given my involvement in SHDP projects with the Department of Energy, i also needed updating on the status of RE technologies at the global and regional levels.
There were 23 participants to this workshop coming from 14 countries. I was the only delegate from the Philippines.
SCOPE, CONTENT, METHODOLOGY
The 5-day workshop focused on 3 renewable energy technologies, namely, solar power, geothermal power, and wind power. These RE technologies are relevant to the Philippines, especially that these are covered, except for geothermal, by incentives like the feed-in tariffs. In the case of geothermal technology, the Philippines ranks as the second biggest producer of geothermal power worldwide. In addition, the country has significant geothermal resources.
The discussion on geothermal and wind power was handled by experts from Japan, while solar power was presented by an expert based in Singapore. The resource persons, who are also practitioners, were generally very good.
In addition to the lectures, the participants visited a plant that produces large windmills and generators. The manufacturer is based in Karjat, Iran. It is a leading company in the Middle East with 2 percent share of the global market.
Each participating country was also required to submit and present a country paper. According to Mr. Toru Nagao, the expert on wind power technology, the Philippine country paper was “excellent”. He requested a copy of the slide presentation. The paper and presentation focused on the resource maps for RE technologies, the contribution of the different power plants to the country’s energy mix, the policy instruments in place, and the areas for improvement.
OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION
The participants rated the workshop as very good. They appreciated the lessons learned about the technical, financial, social and environmental aspects of the 3 RE technologies.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS
In terms of the benfits of the workshop to the Philippines, through the DAP, the following are critical:
1. The government can reduce the financial risks assoicated with the RE projects through financial incentives, which the country already have for solar and wind technologies;
2. The government can reduce the social and political risks of RE technologies, especially for geothermal power, by providing resource assessments, ensuring social acceptability, influencing public opinion, etc.;
3. The DAP can integrate in its existing project management interventions the full consideration of both the positive and negative impacts in designing RE projects, and in managing the different risks.
ALAN CAJES, PhD
VP and Managing Director
Sustainable Human Development Program
Development Academy of the Philippines
Email: cajesa @ dap.edu.ph