Size requirement set for geothermal projects of national significance in the Philippines
The Philippines' DOE has set the minimum size for geothermal projects to gain a status of national significance at 13 MW power generation capacity.
To qualify for “energy project of national significance” (EPNS) status in the Philippines, the country’s Department of Energy has set minimum requirements, as reported by the Manila Bulletin.
The minimum plant capacity requirement is part of the sub-attributes laid down by the DOE-led Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC) for ventures that it will be processing on EPNS applications.
As part of the P3.5 billion minimum capitalization specified under Executive Order No. 30, or the Presidential edict on EPNS, the minimum capacity has now been set for nuclear energy, coal-fired plants, natural gas, diesel, etc, but also for renewable energy driven plants.
For geothermal energy the minimum capacity has been set at 13 MW, run-of-river hydro at 20 MW, biomass plants at 30 MW, solar plants at 40MW and wind power plants at 38 MW.
There are though additional requirements for streamlined project permitting, under the significant contribution to the country’s economic development element, are among others that communities must at least gain P22 million worth of benefits on an annual basis; and they must have contribution to national wealth tax amounting to P100 million yearly, “significant consequential economic impact”, including job creation that shall be at least 150 workers during operation; and about 1,000 workers during construction.
Source: Manila Bulletin