Another Community Joins the RE Movement

The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST), in partnership with United Methodist Committee on Relief - Manila Episcopal Area (UMCOR-MEA), continues to promote the adoption of renewable energy to enhance emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction initiatives of climate-vulnerable communities.

May 8, 2023|

Five Takeaways: Governing Rules on DERs

The first virtual dialogue for 2023 focused on the Governing Rules on Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), through its Resolution No. 11 series of 2022, adopted the DER Rules on 19 October 2022. DERs are power sources that are connected to an existing distribution or grid electrical system. The Rules allow electricity end-users with renewable energy systems for own use, to export their excess electricity to their distribution utilities in exchange for credits.

May 5, 2023|

A Creative Call for Urgent Action in the Energy Sector

The paper published in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Philippines, looks into the Philippine Energy Plan 2020-2040 and how it fairs with the goal of limiting global temperature increase to 1.5° and below and proposed recommendations on how the country’s power and electricity sector can be aligned to this climate goal. CREST released this infographic to visually summarize the content of the paper.

April 17, 2023|

Time’s up for fluorescent and other mercury lamps

Having adequate lighting is essential for every Filipino. A source of light, especially at night, increases security and protection, particularly for women, children, and vulnerable members of the family. Lighting also extends social and economic activities in the community. It is, therefore, important that lighting devices be safe and not cause harm to public health and the environment.

January 26, 2023|

Why Fluorescent Lamps Must Go

Lighting is one of the most important devices in homes, buildings and learning facilities. The provision of lighting allows us to extend our social and economic activities. It offers protection and security to individuals and families. However lighting devices are not created equal.

March 30, 2022|

Asian Development Bank should close its doors to all dirty energy

Climate groups and communities advocating against coal projects in the Asia-Pacific region have welcomed the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) recent draft energy policy that aims to stop financing coal power and mining, and extraction activities for oil and natural gas. However, if not monitored closely, ADB could also be jeopardizing its own efforts by creating loopholes in its new policy that might still allow financing for fossil gas and other dirty energy facilities.

May 26, 2021|

Bi-directional meters enable net metering … not!

Uni-directional electric meters are like electrified barbed wires that confine villagers inside a hamlet. Utility customers are locked in, unable to take advantage of the cheap solar electricity that one gets from a simple grid-tied configuration. Anyone who tries climbing over the wires gets electrocuted. Instead of enjoying solar savings, they are punished severely and charged for trying to share their surplus with neighbors.

October 19, 2019|

Micro vs mainframe

The micro/mainframe terminology is derived from the early debate in the computing industry between IBM Corp. and Intel Corp. IBM was the pioneer and leader in the computer industry of the 1960s, and faced only a few small competitors. The industry players were often described as “Snow White and the seven dwarfs”.

October 3, 2019|

Exempt small-scale renewables from the bureaucratic mazes of electric utilities, city halls and the Energy Regulatory Commission

Today, basically the same set of rules apply to small-scale renewable projects below 100 kW as well as to 100 MW projects. This is a huge disincentive for small-scale RE. The experience of the Romblon Electric Cooperative (Romelco) is a case in point. Their 20-kW hybrid facility in Cobrador Island, which involves a mixture of solar power, battery storage and diesel generator back-up, also had to go through essentially the same bureaucratic maze at the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission as 100 MW solar farm projects.

March 23, 2019|

Why microrenewables?

By microrenewables, we mean small-scale renewables, whose outputs are at kilowatt instead of megawatt levels. These include solar PV systems on home and building rooftops, microhydro facilities, small wind turbines, small biogas digesters, and other micro-systems. As a rough guide, we can use the government limit of 100 kilowatts and below.

October 31, 2017|

The CREST microhydro agenda

The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) is hard at work on its microhydro agenda. It is partnering with Galing Pook awardee, the LGU of San Luis, Aurora, and other local governments on trials to bring down the capital expenses for microhydro installations below the capex of mini- and mega-hydroelectric projects.

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