Gatchalian commends DOE’s promotion of WTE as RE; pushesWaste-To-Energy Act anew

Gatchalian commends DOE’s promotion of WTE as RE; pushes
Waste-To-Energy Act anew

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian expresses support for the Department
of Energy’s (DOE) move in advancing the promotion and enhancement of
the development of Waste-To-Energy (WTE) facilities in the country.

The latest DOE Circular is consistent with Gatchalian’s proposed
Waste-To-Energy Act (Senate Bill No. 1789) which primarily seeks to
establish a regulatory framework for facilities utilizing WTE
technologies for proper waste management.

With clear backing from the government, Gatchalian said the adoption
of WTE technology is a means to address garbage disposal and as
another kind of renewable energy (RE) source in the country which is
seen to gain traction and attract investor interest to put up
facilities in the country. The perennial garbage crisis has now been
aggravated by the accumulation of medical wastes due to the COVID-19
pandemic.

“The development of WTE technology should send a signal to local
government units to begin entertaining investors and explore the
feasibility of having WTE facilities in their localities,” said
Gatchalian.

“As we, in Congress, work on the crafting of legislation that will lay
down the national regulatory framework for facilities utilizing WTE
technologies to ensure strict safeguards for public health and
environment and unnecessary power rate increases for consumers, the
LGUs are given more confidence to explore possible public-private
partnerships and other allowed contractual arrangements with potential
WTE investors this early,” he added.

The Senate Energy Committee Chairperson pointed out that the
construction of WTE plants would not only minimize the alarming volume
of residual waste piling up in landfills and illegal dumps across the
country but also contribute to energy security through WTE power
plants.

The senator explained that the WTE project will be at no cost to the
government because it will be the project proponent, and not the LGUs,
who will shoulder the expenses in the construction and operation of
the facility.

“Hopefully this will help attract more WTE investors which have been
deterred by the government’s lack of clarity on WTE policies despite
the existence of RA 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 which
recognizes the concept of WTE and its adoption,” Gatchalian said. (ai/mtvn)

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