POWER consumers and clean energy advocates on Monday sought the inclusion of power sector plans in the country’s COVID-19 recovery pathway.
Power for People Coalition (P4P) had been advocating for relief and reform programs as well as renewable energy development to aid the people’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis and transform the power sector for the better.
Gerry Arances, convenor of P4P, said the Meralco billing shock during the Enhanced Community Quarantine was a major blow for consumers already struggling to make ends meet.
P4P commended President Rodrigo Duterte’s recognition of solar energy as a viable method of powering Last Mile schools. However, the group reiterated that solar and other forms of renewable energy provide the same kind of electricity produced by coal which can power factories, homes, and offices even in major cities.
“The difference is that renewable energy also empowers consumers because it can reduce their dependence on the monopolistic grid, helps protect the environment, and costs less, “ said Arances.