MERALCO PowerGen Corp. (MGen) targets renewable energy to account for at least 20% of its attributable capacity in the coming years even as the company is looking at the coal-fired power plants being sold by the Ayalas’ energy unit.
Siguro (Maybe) in the next three to four years at least 500-600 megawatts ang gusto naming i-develop (are what we want to develop),” said Rogelio L. Singson, MGen president and chief executive officer, told reporters.
“It (renewable energy) should be at least 20-30% of the MGen capacity,” he added.
Mr. Singson said solar has a “very strong potential in Luzon” amid a tighter window for coal-fired power plants.
The MGen CEO said he has looked at some of the stranded solar farms that failed to make it to the government’s feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme.
“They’re telling us, you want our solar farm, we want to joint venture with you, what kind of PSA (power supply agreement) can we expect. Tiningnan namin lahat ng ino-offer sa amin (We’re looking at everything that’s offered to us),” he said, adding that the benchmark rate for solar capacity is at P2.98 per kilowatt-hour.
“We’re hoping that battery will come into play within the next five years. We’re seriously looking at the development of battery,” he said.
Mr. Singson also said that MGen was evaluating the coal-fired power plants being offered by AC Energy Holdings, Inc.
Earlier this month, Ayala-led AC Energy said it was looking for buyers for as much as half of its thermal energy platform to raise capital to support the company’s regional growth and balance its renewables and thermal portfolios.
“First of all, the assets being disposed are coal and if we look at the market outlook, the window for coal is very very tight,” Mr. Singson said, adding that the outlook for renewables is becoming “very very strong.” — Victor V. Saulon