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House passes renewable energy bill

Manila (14 July) -- The House of Representatives passed on third reading last June 11 the proposed Renewable Energy Resources Act prior to the adjournment of session.

House Bill 4139 or "An Act Promoting the Development, Utilization and Commercialization of Renewable Energy Resources and for Other Purposes" aims to help lessen the economic burden of the people brought about by the rising global oil prices through the discovery, development, utilization and commercialization of new and renewable energy sources.

Principal authors of the measure are Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Macapagal-Arroyo (Lakas-Pampanga) and Rep. Luis Villafuerte (Kampi, Camarines Sur)

The bill seeks to achieve self-reliance in the country's energy requirements through the exploration, development, and utilization of renewable energy resources.

These include, but are not limited to, biomass, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and ocean energy sources or hybrid systems.

In his sponsorship speech, Arroyo said the enactment of the Renewable Energy Resources Bill will not only encourage and promote the use of renewable energy resources in order to attain energy sustainability, thus reducing the country's dependence on imported energy fuels, but will also reduce harmful emissions and protect the environment and health of the people.

Arroyo said the challenge is to adopt long-term measures in order to mitigate the impact of such prices and price fluctuations to the dependence on imported fuels.

"The need to push the energy sector's agenda towards energy independence has never been felt more than now when world prices of crude oil continue to rise tremendously," he said.

During the 14th Congress, Arroyo's committee tackled 14 bills and two resolutions on renewable energy sources. The bill was co-authored by 57 lawmakers, including Speaker Prospero Nograles.

"The House approval of the renewable energy bill is historic since similar proposals filed since the 8th Congress had not been enacted. We laud our colleagues from both the administration and opposition for jointly pushing the approval of HB 4139 before our adjournment," said Arroyo.

Arroyo said the country stands to save at least US$ 1.2 billion over 10 years if some 1,250 megawatts worth of power plants using renewable technologies are built. (PNA) [top]

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