Power barges seen as solution to Mindanao energy crisis

Using power barges is the “only viable solution so far” to the energy crisis in Mindanao caused by a dry spell spawned by El Niño, one of the co-chairs of the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) said Monday.

Letting go of Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes and repealing the law deregulating the power sector could also help address the country’s power shortage, said Satur Ocampo, a guest senatorial candidate of the Nacionalista Party.

Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, JCPC co-chair, said power barges, including those used in the Beijing Olympics, could be tapped to supply power to brownout-stricken areas in the country, particularly in Mindanao where the power deficit reached 183 megawatts (MW).

“The only viable solution so far that has been presented has been the power-barge solution,” Honasan said after the JCPC held a hearing on the energy crisis Monday morning.

“We are getting a better view of the availability and capacity of power barges, including the power barges used in Beijing Olympics that are now in Australia,” he added.

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