Monday, October 31, 2016

Philippines: Award makes it Easier for EDC to Acquire Permits for Expansion of Geothermal Power Plants

Leyte geothermal plant gets ‘seal of approval’ (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The country’s biggest producer of geothermal energy has been given a seal of approval by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that would make it easy for the renewable energy company to acquire permits for expansion and other projects.

The Energy Development Corp. (EDC) is this year’s lone recipient of the Philippine Environment Partnership Program (PEPP) Seal of Approval given annually by the DENR.

While it doesn’t carry a monetary component, the award means relaxed rules, longer permit validity and simplified procedures in acquiring an environmental compliance certificate (ECC), a key requirement for companies to proceed with projects.

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