THE Department of Energy (DoE) endorsed on Jan. 15 power generation facilities to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for issuance of a five-year license to operate commercially.

The list released by department on Wednesday indicates that one of the 15 facilities is hydro-powered, with the remainder diesel.

The biggest of the diesel plants is the DMPC Mobo Diesel Power Plant Project of DMCI Masbate Power Corp., which has a capacity of 24.352 megawatts (MW).

The hydropower plant is the Tubig Hydroelectric Power Project of Taft Hydroenergy Corp. in Eastern Samar, with 15.93 MW generating capacity.

The 15 facilities are expected to generate a combined 48.96 MW, with diesel plants accounting for 67% of the total.

In 2021, the DoE endorsed 279 power facilities to the ERC, of which 213 were diesel-powered, 27 hydro, 16 solar, and 10 already established coal-fired plants. — Marielle C. Lucenio