NEA, ERC officials visit Alsons Power’s hydro power plant in Sarangani

National Electrification Administration (NEA) Administrator Antonio Mariano Almeda (4th from right) and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Commissioner Atty. Alexis Lumbatan (5th from right) are joined by Alsons Power Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, Ernesto Joseph Nocos (4th from left) and Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Compliance Atty. Lumen Balboa (3rd from right), along with other representatives from Alsons Power and South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO 2).

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), led by NEA Administrator Antonio Mariano Almeda and ERC Commissioner Atty. Alexis Lumbatan, recently visited Alsons Power Group’s Siguil Hydro Power Corporation’s 14.5-megawatt run-of-river hydroelectric facility in Maasim, Sarangani, on May 17.

Alsons Power’s Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, Ernesto Joseph Nocos, provided a comprehensive briefing and overview of the newly constructed hydropower plant, detailing the plant’s innovative design, operational capabilities, and its impact to the region’s energy supply. The facility, which harnesses the natural flow of the Siguil river to generate electricity, is projected to become operational within the year, significantly boosting local renewable energy capacity.

The visit also highlighted the collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors in advancing sustainable energy projects. Geronimo Desesto, General Manager of South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO 2), accompanied the delegation and shared insights into the cooperative’s role in distributing the generated power to local communities.

The Siguil Hydro Power Project represents Alsons Power’s first foray into the renewable energy sector. The Group is currently concentrating on boosting its renewable energy capabilities, with a particular focus in Mindanao and selected areas in the Visayas. These efforts are in line with the Group’s commitment to support the Philippines’ renewable energy goals, which aim for renewables to constitute 35% of the national power generation mix by 2030 and 50% by 2040.

After the plant tour, the delegation made a courtesy visit to Sarangani Governor Rogelio Pacquiao in Alabel. The group then proceeded to Roque Adarna Integrated School in the municipality of Glan, where Alsons Power Group and SOCOTECO 2 donated smart television sets.

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