Governor Edwin C. Ongchuan

CATARMAN, Northern Samar– Moving towards sustainable energy development in the province, Governor Edwin C. Ongchuan met with Energies PH, Inc. (EPHI) executives, the proponents behind the Ocean Power Project in Capul, Northern Samar, to discuss the project’s on Tuesday (March 12).

Energies PH, Inc., known for its expertise in power plant development, aims to construct the Ocean Power Project on Capul Island, strategically located along San Bernardino Strait.
During the meeting, EPHI President, Antonio Ver disclosed that the Department of Energy recently confirmed the commercial viability of this initiative on July 14, 2020, highlighting its integration of solar and tidal energy sources into a comprehensive energy plan.

Research from the EPHI in 2022 has shown that Capul experienced a peak electricity demand of 427 kW, while its power supply relies on a dependable capacity of 480 kW generated by 4 diesel generators operated by the National Power Corporation Small Power Utilities Group (NPC-SPUG).

This has made Capul face some challenges, such as power outages that occurred 35 times in a month (July to August 2019), totaling 33 outage hours.

With this, EPHI remains steadfast in its goal to enhance its infrastructure with a target installation capacity of 1 MW.

Governor Ongchuan’s leadership has helped the project fast track its progress, endorsing the new green lane of the province. This move has pleased the EPHI executives, as it addressed a major challenge they had faced since the beginning of the project.

Furthermore, due to the quick actions of the PGNS, foreign experts along with the EPHI are scheduled to visit the Capul for a progress assessment from March 18-22, 2024.

The meeting between Governor Ongchuan and Energies PH, Inc. was attended by executives from both parties, along with representatives from the Provincial Government of Northern Samar and the Board of Investments. This gathering showcased the commitment of all parties involved to make Northern Samar a model for renewable energy innovation in Asia.