Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Luzon power projects with supporting battery storage, financing estimated at 320 MW

THE Energy department has identified 13 power projects in Luzon which have obtained financing and are supported by battery energy storage systems (BESS), with their combined capacity at 320 megawatts (MW), according to the department’s tally of private sector-initiated committed power projects.

Committed projects are those that have achieved financial closing with their investors or bankers. Storage allows irregular sources of power like solar to stockpile power while supply is plentiful and then discharge power when the source is unavailable, for example at night. The tally of storage-supported renewable projects indicates the volume of renewable power that might be reliably available to the grid.

All of the committed BESS projects in Luzon are by Universal Power Solutions, Inc., based on DoE (Department of Energy) figures updated on Oct. 2020.

Two years ago, on Oct. 2019, committed capacity supported by BESS in Luzon was zero.

BESS-supported committed capacities in the Visayas and Mindanao as of October amounted to 270 MW and 249 MW respectively, against their 2019 totals of zero and 49 MW respectively.

The DoE issued a circular in September 2019 that set the framework for energy storage systems, which include BESS. It ruled that such storage systems are to operate within the framework of generation companies supplying electricity to the grid.

BESS committed capacity is not included in DoE’s tally of total rated capacity, which only counts coal, oil, natural gas and renewable sources.

The rated capacity of committed coal-fired projects nationwide is 3,541 MW, as of October. Committed renewable capacity was estimated at 755.5 MW, including solar, geothermal, hydro, biomass and wind.

The rated capacity of indicative coal-fired projects nationwide last year was 7,748 MW, while that of indicative renewables outputs in all three islands stood at 24,647 MW. Indicative projects are those that have applied for endorsement from the DoE, and have yet to achieve financial closing.

In an advisory Monday, the DoE clarified that it will not process applications for greenfield coal-fired projects seeking endorsement, and that the freeze has taken effect across all grids since Oct. 27.

It added that the advisory does not cover committed coal-fired plants and projects with standing power plant complexes seeking to expand, or have made progress towards acquiring land for such expansions. The DoE said indicative power plants with “substantial accomplishments,” such as signed land or lease agreements and approved permits from government units, are also exempt.

In October, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi announced an approval moratorium on greenfield coal-fired plants, a move projected by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis as possibly reducing the share of coal in the power mix to 16% from the current 41.5%, while ramping up the contribution of solar and wind to 42.8% from 5.4%. — Angelica Y. Yang

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



By Jenina P. Ibañez, Senior Reporter PHILIPPINE MANUFACTURING activity rose to an eight-month high in November, as new orders increased for the first time...


THE NATIONAL Government’s outstanding debt swelled to P11.97 trillion as of the end of October as it offered more domestic securities, preliminary data from...


MOTORISTS experience heavy traffic along Commonwealth in Quezon City on Wednesday. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E....


THE SENATE on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022. Senators unanimously passed the 2022 General Appropriations...


EVERYTHING’s coming full circle from the boy from Cebu who wanted to write but ended up cooking. Myke “Tatung” Sarthou, celebrity chef, started out...


1 of 6 THE VIRTUS awards by the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) Philippines continues to honor professionals and institutions in hospitality: a...

You May Also Like


Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...


Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...


As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered throughout...

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.