Midterm review of the Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2023, Philippines
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
08/2020
Completion Date:
06/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
42,000

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Title Midterm review of the Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) Project
Atlas Project Number: 88788
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023, Philippines
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2020
Planned End Date: 08/2020
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
SDG Goal
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 42,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 42,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Dinesh Aggarwal Evaluation Specialist INDIA
Jun David Evaluation Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS)
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5363
PIMS Number: 5194
Key Stakeholders: Department of Energy
Countries: PHILIPPINES
Lessons
1.

Lessons learned

• The global pandemic highlights the need for business continuity plans especially for NIM projects.


Findings
1.

In Philippines, from the year 2002 to 2010, GEF supported the project “Capacity Building to Remove Barriers to Renewable Energy Development (CBRED)”. This project resulted in the formulation of the RE Act including its ‘Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)’ and initial regulatory frameworks. To encourage and accelerate the participation of the private sector, provisions were provided in the Act, for fiscal and non-fiscal incentives (such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS, Net Metering and Green Energy Option, among others). The CBRED Project was also successful in enhancing awareness of the private sector, local governments and communities on various aspects of renewable energy resource development. As a result of CBRED, the DOE was able to initiate engagement with the private sector as well as with the grassroots communities in the pursuit of renewable energy technology for their livelihoods. Despite these efforts to catalyse RE development, the barriers still existed at the program and project levels that constrained RE development in the country, notably at the local level where the RE Act has not been effectively implemented. The DREAMS Project was designed to address issues related to RE development, primarily the process of regulatory approvals for RE projects in the Philippines at the national and the local levels. These are issues that have emerged with the Government of Philippine’s efforts to accelerate RE development since the completion of the CBRED Project in 2010. The DREAMS Project activities include building capacity of the local government and host communities, and the streamlining of the national approval process that will create an investmentfriendly environment, conducive to satisfying local permitting requirements and more widespread promotion of RE projects as intended under the NREP. This includes operationalization of the remaining implementation mechanisms under the RE Act that were introduced through CBRED including the establishment of the RE Market and Registrar, which are components of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), designed to accelerate development of RE resources in the country. The strategy of the project as discussed above was the result of consultations and background analysis during project design stage and relevance to Philippines’s development context.


2.

The defined objective of the Project is to reduce GHG emissions through the promotion and facilitation of the commercialization of renewable energy (RE) markets by removing the barriers towards investments in RE-based power generation projects. One of the barriers which is to be removed is the lack of demonstration of RE projects, established using the de-risking mechanisms (Renewable Portfolio Standards, establishment of RE markets for trading of RE certificates) that are provided in the RE Act. The action for this is being carried out under Outcome 3 of the project. With good progress towards implementation of ‘Philippine RE Market System (PREMS)’, the progress towards results for Outcome of the project is Satisfactory. One of the other barriers which the DREAMS project is addressing is the lack of co-ordination and lack of clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities in the overall development of a RE project. Particularly, regarding the provisions in the RE Act. The DREAMS project was to support selected RE projects in the overall approval process leading to creation of RE capacity of about 75 MW, which was supposed to lead to the direct GHG emission reductions of 205 ktonnes CO2e within the implementation timelines of the DREAMS project. As the work on this from is lagging, the RE capacity would get created towards to end of the implementation timelines of the project, leading to direct GHG emission reductions. However, such direct GHG emission reductions would happen after the end of the DREAMS project. The DREAMS project is targeting enhancing the capacity of the institutions at the local level to increase investment in the RE projects at local level (Outcome 2). Under the ‘Local RE Planning Capacity Building Program (LREP Cap Build)’ being implemented by the project, the activities to achieve this objective are being undertaken successfully. However, when it comes to creating longer term impacts by way of creation of knowledge platforms, the progress is still lagging behind.The DREAMS project has provision to support development of the RE projects using the ‘Project Preparation Fund (PPF)’. Creation of PPF is one of the provisions in the project design. Utilisation of the funds provided for PPF is still to be carried out in an effective manner.


3.

This Outcome of the project pertains to enforcement of the supportive policy and regulatory environment that will leverage increased investment in RE development and application at the local level. This was to be achieved within the first year of the project implementation, so these policies and regulations can support achievement of the other outcomes of the project. Although, the objective of creation of conducive conditions for investment in RE is likely to be achieved, there would a time lag. One of the other objectives within this Outcome was the promotion of manufacturing, fabrication and supply of locally produced components for RE applications. Till the time of MTR, the project could not make much progress towards achievement of this objective.


4.

Under Outcome 2 of the project, it is intended to address the barriers associated with the need for improved capacity in the Philippines, mainly at the local level on RE issues and the development, operation and management of RE projects. The project is doing this under its ‘Local RE Planning Capacity Building Program (LREP Cap Build)’. The activities to achieve this objective are being undertaken successfully. In order to facilitate large-scale implementation of the RE projects, there is a provision of a knowledge sharing platform. The activities towards this are yet to implemented. At the time of MTR, the project was in the process of procuring the services to implement the hardware and software part of the knowledge platform.


5.

Outcome 3 of the project addresses the barrier relating to the absence of a functional RE Market that represents tangible government measures to ensure compliance with the mandated utilization of RE generation and spur the growth of the RE industry. The outcome resulting from the outputs from this component will be a “capitalized” RE Market and an accompanying RE registrar that will contribute to an increased share of RE based power capacity, and an increased number of RE project developers at the local level. There is good progress towards implementation of ‘Philippine RE Market System (PREMS)’.


6.

The Outcome 4a of the project is to address the barriers related to the lack of successful RE projects in the country. The project has provision to support development of the RE projects using the ‘Project Preparation Fund (PPF)’. Creation of PPF is one of the provisions in the project design. Utilisation of the funds provided for PPF is still to be carried out in an effective manner. Under this Outcome the DREAMS project is also to support creation of bankable RE plans for the LGUs. Under its ‘Localized RE Planning (LREP)’ the project is discussing preparation of bankable RE plans, with five LGUs in the province of Palawan and three LGUs in Iloilo. One of the other objectives for the activities under Outcome 4a is to ensure availability of certified technicians for RE technologies at the local level. The project plans to deliver this by providing local training to community based RE technicians and LGU engineers for micro-hydro power maintenance and management.


7.

This Outcome of the DREAMS project is to address the barriers of lack of coordination and lack of clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities in the overall development of a RE project. Particularly, regarding the provisions in the RE Act. Towards this the DREAMS project was to support selected RE projects in the overall approval process leading to creation of RE capacity of about 75 MW. Outcome 4b is expected to lead to increased number of RE projects using proven and emerging RE technologies thus boosting successful replication. Somehow, these selected RE projects did not go ahead with implementation. The DREAMS project is identifying another set of RE projects, which would need support in the process of clearances and would eventually provide the required support.


8.

As and when needed, the project team has responded to changing conditions and risks, to take advantage of opportunities for partnerships and actions that support the overall project objective. Overall, the management of the project is rated as SatisfactoryQuarterly progress reports and the annual progress reports are prepared and shared in accordance with UNDP / GEF requirements. The monitoring reports do not cover the co-financing aspects. The reporting aspect of the project management has been rated as Satisfactory At the time of MTR, the project did not have a website of its own. No mechanism was in place to disseminate the information about the work carried out under the project. The project is regularly disseminating the information about the project and the results through the news channels (both online and print media). Apart from this the project is making the effective use of the capacity building, training, and awareness creation activities for targeted stakeholders, under different components of the project as a means of communication. The communications aspect of the project management has been rated as Moderately Satisfactory.The main formal platform for engaging the stakeholders is the Steering Committee (SC). The project in addition to the engagement of the government stakeholders at PSC level managed to bring on-board many other beneficiaries and decision-makers, including provincial governments of Palawan, Iloilo, and the LGUs in the two provinces of Palawan and Iloilo. Although, the PSC has representatives from different concerned ministries and departments, it doesn’t have members from civil society, NGOs, research institutions, development agencies, trade & industry bodies or academia. In the absence of formal communication channels, the participation of the larger stakeholders is not there. Stakeholder engagement at an aggregate level has been rated as Moderately Satisfactory. There is significant co-financing which was committed at the time of project design. Apart from Government departments, co-financing was to come from the private sector by way of their investment in the RE projects which were to be supported by the DREAMS project. The private sector RE projects which were identified for support at the time of PPG, got scraped on a later date due to a variety of reasons. The DREAMS project is in the process of identifying and supporting another set of RE projects, which would require such a support. Once the investment in the newly identified RE set of projects get implemented, the cofinancing part of the private sector would get realised.


9.

At an aggregate level, technical risks to sustainability of the project are considered low. The financial sustainability of the project is assessed to be likely. At this mid-point in project implementation, socioeconomic sustainability is considered as likely. From the view point of institutional framework and governance risks, the sustainability of the project is Moderately Likely. From the view point of environmental risk, sustainability of the project is Likely.


Recommendations
1

MTR recommendation 1: In the results framework of the project,include direct GHG emission reductions (total GHG emission reduction over the lifetime of the RE capacity created) as one of the Indicator. It is recommended that the projected direct reduction in the emission of GHG, due to the project be taken in the results framework of the project as an additional Indicator (Indicator D) with its corresponding Target. The figures of the projected direct GHG emissions due to the project are already provided in the project document, but it has not been taken to the results framework as an indicator and the target. As most of the direct GHG emission reduction would happen beyond the implementation timelines of the project, it would not be possible to monitor the achievement by measurement of the RE power generated. The monitoring of the achievement in this case may be done by estimating the 'Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF)' of the RE capacity created.

2 MTR recommendation 2: In the results framework for the project,revlew the target value of the indicator "% share of RE in the power generation mix of the Philippines". The target value (35%) for the Indicator "% share of RE in the power generation mix of the Philippines" is a bit over ambitious. As per the workings provided in the 'Project Document', in order to achieve the target, the total RE capacity addition required during the implementation timelines of the project would be 4866 MW. This is against the required total power generation capacity addition of 4275 MW during the same period. Thus,the entire electricity generation capacity addition required during the implementation period of the project would need to be essentially from renewable sources. This is not a practical thing to do,particularly considering that generally speaking RE is an intermittent source of power and needs to be supported by non-RE sources of supply to ensure continuous supply of electricity. The project document itself has suggested (footnote 66 of project document) that this target should be reviewed during the project, to ensure it is commensurate with DOE's targets which are revicwed annually, It is recommended that the target value for this Indicator be reviewed and if needed revised.
3 MTR recommendation 3: Extent the project implementation timelines by one year. Actual implementation of the project started late (by about one year). Although,the implementation is happening as required, it would not be possible to complete some of the important activities within the remaining project implementation timelines,hampering the achievements of the project (e.g. Creation of the RE capacities). It is recommended that a no cost extension of one year be provided to the project.
4 MTR recommendation 4: Expedite the use of resources of the project for the creation of financial instruments. Under outcome 4a,there is a provision for US$1 million to design financial instruments to facilitate funding of RE projects by the banks. Somehow,this provision could not be implemented till the time of MTR. It is recommended that the available funds may be utilized in an expeditious manner. Some of the ways which are in line with the overall project objectives and outcomes in this regard are as follows: a. Grant part capital subsidy for RE projects in non-viable/difficult areas established by private sector parties on competitive bidding basis invited by LGUs or Electric cooperatives b. Provide part grants to LGUs (balance coming from LGUs) for establishing community managed small RE projects c. Provide 'interest rate drawdown support' to the RE projects being established in difficult areas d. Provide performance-based incentives (in terms of P/kWh) for RE based projects.The selection of projects to be supported maybe done while inviting the parties to establish RE based power projects e. Available resources may also be used for some of the other appropriate measures to support overall objective of the project recommended under recommendations
5 Support creation of financial models and also studies to determine the cost of generation of electricity out of different RE resources. Project document already has provision for these activities under Outcome 3 (Output 3.1,activity 3. 1. 3) . The project team already has plans to carry out these activities. It is recommended that these activities may be carried out in expeditious manner to realize the benefits towards achieving the objective of the project. One of the models which may be examined is the possibility of conversion of existing diesel-based standalone generators to RE-Diesel Hybrid. Financial feasibility study in this case would consider CAPEX as the cost of RE component, OPEX as 1% to 2. 5% of CAPEX and Revenue is the Diesel Saved due to introduction of the RE component. Project may support development of standard simple Excel based financial model to support this.
6 MTR recommendation 6: Develop and enforce performance standards for RE equipment (Solar PV,Wind turbines etc.)and components like inverters,meters, control systems. Support this initiative with the establishment of accredited testing facilities. Enforcement of performance of standards will ensure that only equipment of good quality gets imported in the country. This over a period of time will increase the confidence level of the investors in the RE technology. Project already have some provisions towards such activities under Outcome 1. 5 (activities 1. 5. 2,1. 5. 3, 1. 5. 4) . It is recommended that implementation of these activities be expedited. For the additional suggestion to support creation of an accredited testing facility some of the funds under recommendation 4 may also be utilized. Accredited lab may be established within an appropriate government/institution owned facility.
7 MTR recommendation 7: For work plan pick activities from the project document Some of the activities provided in the project design has not been taken up in the workplans. MTR team is of the view that one of the reasons for this is that while preparing the workplans, the activities mentioned in the 'Project Document' are not referred. Thus, implementation of many activities which are required as per 'Project Document' don't get included in the work plan and hence doesn't get carried out. It is recommended that while preparing the workplans and budget, a reference from the activities provided in the Project Design maybe drawn. This will ensure that any activity specified in the Project Design does not get missed out due to oversight.
8 MTR recommendation 8: Communication regarding the upcoming policy instrument for RE promotion. It is recommended that in order to increase the awareness amongst stakeholders,the project may come out with simple communication products (e.g. newspaper articles, communication in magazine of trade associations, online media) informing the changing landscape for doing business in the power sector in general and in the RE space in particular.
9 MTR recommendation 9: Study regarding the potential demand for RE under the RE portfolio standards and the corresponding supply of RE for the compliance market to see the gap in demand and supply over a period of time. The study may include an exercise to determine the likely price band for Green Energy Certificates. Examine the possibility to come out with regulations regarding 'Floor Price' and a 'Cap Price' for Green Energy Certificates.
10 MTR recommendation 10: Capacity building of private sector investors, RE equipment manufacturers and banks regarding the opportunities available under the RE portfolio standards and RE Certificates regime. Utilize the results of recommendation 5 and recommendation 9 to inform the prospective private sector investors regarding the opportunities available for the RE business under the new policy regime for the RE sector.
11 MTR recommendation 11: In the guidelines by DOE for competitive bidding there should be directive to procure separate quantities for RE and for fossil-fuel based power. With the RPS in force,the electric co-operative/distribution utilities would need to attempt procuring a part of the electricity from RE sources. From time to time depending upon the expected demand for electricity,the electric co- operatives invite the competitive bids for procurement of power. It is recommended that while inviting the bids there should be separate quantity mentioned for RE sources and the evaluation of bids for RE part of the quantity should be done separately.
12 MTR recommendation 12: Introduce training modules on RE in the Industrial training institutes. Under outcome 4a, one of the targets is to ensure sufficient availability of certified technicians for RE. It is recommended that a RE specific training module be introduced in a some of the existing modules of TESDA and be available as a regularly course offered.
13 MTR recommendation 13: Facilitate the capacity building assistance to the LGUs in harmonizing the energy components(with RE applications) of Local Development plans (Comprehensive Development Plans,Annual Investment Plans and Comprehensive Land Use Plans) . The local development plans of provinces (lloilo and Palawan) and municipal level LGUs lacks details in the energy sector application of renewable energy. The local planning process feeds into the Regional Development Plan that incorporates the local energy plans. Technical Assistance inputs needs to be mobilized to assist the LGUs (provincial and municipal) through a participatory approach in developing their local energy plans. Review and streamline the process and develop guidelines on the local energy planning that will be incorporated the HLURB local planning guidelines.
14 MTR recommendation 14: Capacity building of regulatory authorities Study tour based on opportunities to participate in international workshops (separately for higher official and for managerial level officials) Consultancy for International Best Practices and case studies provided under dedicated sessions by the consultants
1. Recommendation:

MTR recommendation 1: In the results framework of the project,include direct GHG emission reductions (total GHG emission reduction over the lifetime of the RE capacity created) as one of the Indicator. It is recommended that the projected direct reduction in the emission of GHG, due to the project be taken in the results framework of the project as an additional Indicator (Indicator D) with its corresponding Target. The figures of the projected direct GHG emissions due to the project are already provided in the project document, but it has not been taken to the results framework as an indicator and the target. As most of the direct GHG emission reduction would happen beyond the implementation timelines of the project, it would not be possible to monitor the achievement by measurement of the RE power generated. The monitoring of the achievement in this case may be done by estimating the 'Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF)' of the RE capacity created.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/25] [Last Updated: 2021/04/07]

The 2,444ktones direct GHG emission reduction target over the lifetime of RE capacity created will be added as one of the indicators and it will be measured based on the estimated capacity utilization factor of the RE projects supported by DREAMS project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include the additional project indicator in the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and Progress Reports
[Added: 2021/03/25] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU, IP, PSC, UNDP 2021/06 Completed July 2021 - Included in the 2021 Revised AWP March 2021 - Following the approval of the request for project extension from July 2021 to January 2023 this March 2021, the Project has initiated the re-planning process and this additional indicator will be added to the revised 2021 AWP and succeeding AWPs. History
2. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 2: In the results framework for the project,revlew the target value of the indicator "% share of RE in the power generation mix of the Philippines". The target value (35%) for the Indicator "% share of RE in the power generation mix of the Philippines" is a bit over ambitious. As per the workings provided in the 'Project Document', in order to achieve the target, the total RE capacity addition required during the implementation timelines of the project would be 4866 MW. This is against the required total power generation capacity addition of 4275 MW during the same period. Thus,the entire electricity generation capacity addition required during the implementation period of the project would need to be essentially from renewable sources. This is not a practical thing to do,particularly considering that generally speaking RE is an intermittent source of power and needs to be supported by non-RE sources of supply to ensure continuous supply of electricity. The project document itself has suggested (footnote 66 of project document) that this target should be reviewed during the project, to ensure it is commensurate with DOE's targets which are revicwed annually, It is recommended that the target value for this Indicator be reviewed and if needed revised.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/31] [Last Updated: 2021/03/31]

ACCEPTED. The indicator "% share of RE" Is not appropriate indicator for the DREAMS Project. Increasing the supply of RE in the generation mix is an Industry wide target. The US$1 Milion facllity to support new installations will hardly make a dent on the RE Mix during the lifetime of the project. As of the end of 2019,the %share of RE installed capacity to the total installed capacity of the whole country is only 28. 98% with a total installed capacity of 25, 531 MW for the whole Philippines. Despite that the MW of RE installed capacity consistently increased annually from 2016 to 2019, the% share of RE installed capacity to the total installed capacity consistently decreased annually from 2016 (32. 48%) to 2019 (28. 98%) . While the DOE and the DREAMS Project continue to promote RE development in the country as mandated by the RE law,the additional capacities that will be installed will be driven by market demand, investment appetite, policy guidelines and maturity of RE technologies. Investments in RE has yet to be "de-risk" to encourage funding for new RE facilities like Ocean Technology and Geothermal Power. Component 1 (Policy Support and Enforcement)and Component 3 (Capitalized RE Market) will contribute to this target of increasing RE Mix by installing platforms for the compliance of the mandated participants to use RE. One enterprise wide platform is the Philippine RE Management System (PREMS) that was installed through the DREAMS project in compliance with RE Market Rules under the RE Law. Similar IT-based solution will be designed this 2020 for the Green Energy Options Program and Green Energy Tariff and Auction Program. The project completed the assessment the of National RE Program (NREP)2011-2030.Currently, the NREP 2020 to 2040 is being prepared, and after public consultation will be approved by DOE.The IP will use this document to help guide and entice investors and developers to enter the RE market thereby leading to additional RE capacities that will be added in the power generation mix.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Review of the indicator visa vis with the National Renewable Energy Plan 2020 to 2040
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
PMU, IP, PSC, UNDP 2023/01 Initiated September 2022 - the NREP 2020 to 2040, approved last June 2022, targets a 35% RE Generation mix by 2030, and 50% by 2040, well beyond the target timeline of EOP January 2023. As of December 2021, the RE accounts for 29.44% of the RE Generation Mix. The IT solution to monitor the contribution of the RPS, GEOP, NM and GEAP to the capacity mix is on-going via the installation of the REMB MIS with target completion by February 2023. Source- NREP 2020-2040 https://www.doe.gov.ph/announcements/national-renewable-energy-program-nrep-2020-2040 History
2.2 Support activities for full commercialization of the RE Market (training of participants, IEC)
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
PEMC, IP, PMU 2021/10 Completed The DOE has drafted the Circular "Declaring the Interim Commercial Operation of the RE Market." However, the conduct of a national public consultation for the passage of the circular was called-off last 18th November 2021 due to the need to address policy and legal issues raised by the Idependent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines. History
2.3 Complete the system stability test and turn-over of the PREMS to the DOE and the designated RE Registrar
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
PEMC, IP, PMU 2021/10 Completed The transfer of assets of the PREMS (from the UNDP to the DOE) of the RE Registrar that would serve as the platform for the commercial operation has been completed last 20th October 2021. All assets have been re-tagged under the name of DOE. Insurance for these assets has been paid by the project until November 2022. History
2.4 Study software/ IT-based solutions for the Green Energy Tariff and Auction Program
[Added: 2021/04/11]
IP, PMU 2020/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: March 2021 – the PMU completed and submitted the TOR in September 2020. The IP opted to do this with another development partner (USAID). Upon the request of USAID Consultants, the Project through its international I.T. expert provided comments on the technical aspects of the TOR developed by USAID. July 2020 - TOR for development]
March 2021 – the PMU completed and submitted the TOR in September 2020. The IP opted to do this with another development partner (USAID). Upon the request of USAID Consultants, the Project through its international I.T. expert provided comments on the technical aspects of the TOR developed by USAID. July 2020 - TOR for development History
3. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 3: Extent the project implementation timelines by one year. Actual implementation of the project started late (by about one year). Although,the implementation is happening as required, it would not be possible to complete some of the important activities within the remaining project implementation timelines,hampering the achievements of the project (e.g. Creation of the RE capacities). It is recommended that a no cost extension of one year be provided to the project.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/31] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

PARTIALLY ACCEPTED The project's approval letter from UNDP was received by DOE on 17th May 2016. The letter stated that the official start of project implementation will be 2 months upon receipt of the said letter or 16th luly 2016. The Project Management Office was installed at Management Bureau on 24th July 2017. The MTR recommendation is to extend the timeline by one year or until 23 July 2022. This recommendation was made prior to the global pandemic. On 16 March 2020,the Philippine government announced, a national health quarantine that led to the closure of public and private organizations. Skeletal work forces were allowed in mid-June 2020.The quarantine has since been extended until 15th July 2020 and may continue further. The quarantine led to travel restrictions and shifted the focus of national government agencies and local government units to manage the pandemic. The DREAMS project locations,the provinces of lloilo and Palawan, are both located outside of Luzon. All of the 13 project partners are local government units in these two provinces. On February 2020, or a month before the quarantine,the Project Steering Committee (PSC) approved the 2020 AWP and budget. In response to the pandemic, the 2020 AWP and budget was revised and was approved in July 2020. A major budget item that has been affected by the quarantine is the mobilization of the US$ 1 million fund to provide technical assistance in local energy planning to local partners including the procurement of goods and services to install local RE projects. The conduct of resource assessments and feasibility studies with the assistance of the PMU and REMB has not yet been undertaken due to the travel restrictions. Efforts are being undertaken to tap the local energy experts to prepare the proposals that will access the RE support fund. There are however few local energy experts. The Project also activated the Philippine RE Market System last December 2019. The full commercialization of the RE Market would have been completed on 20th June 2020. The designated RE registrar has already requested the DOE for a one (1) year extension to complete the training and registration of mandated participants in different parts of the country. The Project is scheduled to complete the System test by December 2020. This too is being studied since the UNDP International IT Consultant (based in Paris) may not be able to do the final system check in person. It is anticipated, that even with the relaxation of quarantine protocols, some 4-5 months would still be needed to normalize the operations of partners' in the field. Given the delayed start of project implementation and the continuing and still uncertain effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the project activities,the DOE requests for an additional 6 months project extension or a total of 18 months instead of 12 months as recommended in the MTR. The proposed end of project, with no additional cost, will be on the 31st of December 2022 instead of 30th of June 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Approval of request for project extension by the Project Steering Committee
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP, PSC 2020/09 Completed Completed History
3.2 Submit the approval request for the project extension to UNDP to GEF
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP, UNDP 2020/10 Completed Completed History
3.3 Conduct of re-planning subject to approval of request for extension
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
IP, UNDP, GEF 2021/06 Completed July 2021 – The project extension work plan including the revised 2021 work plan was presented and approved by the Project Steering Committee las May 2021. March 2021 – following the approval of the request for project extension, the PMU initiated the re-planning process. History
4. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 4: Expedite the use of resources of the project for the creation of financial instruments. Under outcome 4a,there is a provision for US$1 million to design financial instruments to facilitate funding of RE projects by the banks. Somehow,this provision could not be implemented till the time of MTR. It is recommended that the available funds may be utilized in an expeditious manner. Some of the ways which are in line with the overall project objectives and outcomes in this regard are as follows: a. Grant part capital subsidy for RE projects in non-viable/difficult areas established by private sector parties on competitive bidding basis invited by LGUs or Electric cooperatives b. Provide part grants to LGUs (balance coming from LGUs) for establishing community managed small RE projects c. Provide 'interest rate drawdown support' to the RE projects being established in difficult areas d. Provide performance-based incentives (in terms of P/kWh) for RE based projects.The selection of projects to be supported maybe done while inviting the parties to establish RE based power projects e. Available resources may also be used for some of the other appropriate measures to support overall objective of the project recommended under recommendations
Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/31] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

ACCEPTED. The results of the study on the existing funds and investments for RE was presented to the IP and finally to the members of the Project Steering Committee on February 2020. The findings showed the need to revise the modality in the use and disbursement of the $1M Project Preparatory Fund (PPF) . The PPF based on project document was intended to be managed by a fund manager (financial institution) and will used to leverage other RE investments or allow LGUs to have access to other RE funds with other institutions. Last February 2020,the Project Steering Committee approved the general principles for the utilization of the US$ 1M fund to support RE projects (coined as Support Facility for RE or SF4RE). First, the manner of utilization/disbursement must be compliant with UNDP Program and Procurement guidelines. Second,the PSC will be the collegial body that will decide on the use of the funds. Third, the fund will be used to provide technical assistance including goods and services for several clusters of RE initiatives that are along the priorities of the IP. The implementing guidelines for the SF4RE was circulated last June 2020. This July 2020,a Call for Proposals will be made to approve at least US$600, 000 to USS 800, 000 worth of proposals. The SF4RE will support the following clusters of RE projects: a. RE Policy Enabler - this supports mandated and voluntary organizations to comply with the provisions or participate in the implementation of a mechanisms of the RE Law like the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) , Green Energy Option Program (GEOP) and initiation or expansion of an existing Net Metering system. b. RE Spark - this supports applications on the Productive Use of Renewable Energy(PURE) for the delivery of basic social services, e.g. potable water systems, health care or installation of RE-powered production or processing or post-harvest facilities specially in rural or off-grid areas. And supports prototyping or demonstration or piloting of new RE technologies or equipment. c. RE Catalyst - this supports rehabilitation or expansion of micro-hydro power facilities, hybridization of diesel generation systems in missionary areas and RE projects that are encountering barriers in completing their project development. d. Energy Access - this supports RE projects that facilitate the electrification of last-mile consumers and expanding micro-financing for small RE systems or PURE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.4 Approval of RE projects to be supported by the fund
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
PMU, IP, PSC 2023/01 Initiated September 2022 - The project has approved support for 18 RE projects. The SF4RE also includes support for the installation of Rural Electrification models via RE. RE Modellinng was previously a separate component but was integrated into SF4RE to show the different RE models under the DREAMS project. 3 out of the 15 RE facilities have completed installation. Total approved funding amounts to USD 1,740,937.52 History
4.1 Approval of the use of the $ 1M fund
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP, PSC 2020/02 Completed
4.2 Approval of the implementing guidelines for the $1M fund
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP, PSC, UNDP 2020/06 Completed
4.3 Call for Proposals
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP 2021/03 Completed Completed History
5. Recommendation: Support creation of financial models and also studies to determine the cost of generation of electricity out of different RE resources. Project document already has provision for these activities under Outcome 3 (Output 3.1,activity 3. 1. 3) . The project team already has plans to carry out these activities. It is recommended that these activities may be carried out in expeditious manner to realize the benefits towards achieving the objective of the project. One of the models which may be examined is the possibility of conversion of existing diesel-based standalone generators to RE-Diesel Hybrid. Financial feasibility study in this case would consider CAPEX as the cost of RE component, OPEX as 1% to 2. 5% of CAPEX and Revenue is the Diesel Saved due to introduction of the RE component. Project may support development of standard simple Excel based financial model to support this.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

ACCEPTED The following studies will lead to creation of financial models and even integrate gender based strategies on RE Applications: 1. Micro-hydro power case studies (ongoing) 2. Feasibility Studies to implement a Net Zero Building with Mariano Marcos State University-agreement completed;procurement of specialist will be hired. 3. RE development plan for off-grid communities (included in the 2020 AWP). The RE Projects to be supported by the Support Facility for RE ($1M fund) will also yield financial models in emerging applications like in the "Productive Use of Renewable Energy“ (PURE) .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Integrate financial modeling studies to RE Projects to be supported and other technical studies to be conducted by the project whenever appropriate.
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/11/29]
PMU, IP 2022/11 Completed Integrated into the plans developed for the SF4RE demonstration projects; financial feasibility is also being assessed as part of the ongoing terminal evaluation. History
6. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 6: Develop and enforce performance standards for RE equipment (Solar PV,Wind turbines etc.)and components like inverters,meters, control systems. Support this initiative with the establishment of accredited testing facilities. Enforcement of performance of standards will ensure that only equipment of good quality gets imported in the country. This over a period of time will increase the confidence level of the investors in the RE technology. Project already have some provisions towards such activities under Outcome 1. 5 (activities 1. 5. 2,1. 5. 3, 1. 5. 4) . It is recommended that implementation of these activities be expedited. For the additional suggestion to support creation of an accredited testing facility some of the funds under recommendation 4 may also be utilized. Accredited lab may be established within an appropriate government/institution owned facility.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

ACCEPTED The development of standards is being done by the IP in partnership with other agencies. The DREAMS project contributions will come from the on-going studies mentioned in Item 5 of the MTR. Consultations with financial institutions and the members of Industry will also be conducted to encourage or de-risk investments for the those engaged in the manufacturing,assembly and fabrication of locally produced RE parts and equipment. The establishment of accredited testing facilities will be explored with the Technical Education Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) including Affiliated RE Centers (AREC) that are still operating.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 RE Manufacturing study
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU, IP 2021/10 Completed July 2021 – the study was completed in June 2021. A policy support document/ recommendation will be submitted to REMB March 2021 – initial data gathering and FGD with stakeholders were completed. History
6.2 Coordination with TESDA, DTI and AREC
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU 2021/10 Completed July 2021 – the project has coordinated with DOST PCIEERD and the Project Steering Committee have approved the partnership framework which includes the conduct of studies. The Project has also coordinated with TESDA and currently working with for the development of wind energy technician certification program. March 2021 - the Project is currently in discussion with DOST-PCIEERD to conduct a study focusing on micro-hydropower plant value chain. History
6.3 Case study on Microhydro facilities
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU 2021/06 Completed July 2021 – the Project had completed the 2 additional case studies from the Visayas. This will be edited and included in the Manual that will be printed. March 2021 – the Project completed 3 case studies. Two (2) more case studies are currently ongoing. History
7. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 7: For work plan pick activities from the project document Some of the activities provided in the project design has not been taken up in the workplans. MTR team is of the view that one of the reasons for this is that while preparing the workplans, the activities mentioned in the 'Project Document' are not referred. Thus, implementation of many activities which are required as per 'Project Document' don't get included in the work plan and hence doesn't get carried out. It is recommended that while preparing the workplans and budget, a reference from the activities provided in the Project Design maybe drawn. This will ensure that any activity specified in the Project Design does not get missed out due to oversight.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/04/06]

PARTIALLY ACCEPTED The activities approved by the PSC in the annual work plan (AWP) springs from the 2016 project document and are constantly harmonized with the priorities of DOE and the RE Industry as a whole. Inputs for example are received from the National RE Board (NREB) and individual members of the PSC. While activities for the year may not exactly match what was in the project document, the desired project outcomes and outputs will still be attained. The budget allocations per component have also been unchanged. A stock-taking exercise and consultations with units of the IP was conducted by the PMU from August-September 2017. From the time the project document was crafted in 2015 and its approval in 2016 and implementation in 2017, some activities mentioned in the project document are either completed or being done by the IP or its other partners. On November 2017, the IP conducted an inception planning to determine which of the activities in the 2016 project documents will still be pursued and what new activities will be started. A copy was provided to the MTR consultants. For example, the development of a training module and a certificate program for solar technicians was to be undertaken by another DOE project (NAMA Facility). Grid and net metering studies have already been started by another development organization. The passage of guidelines on RPS has been completed. The 4 companies whose RE projects were to be expedited through the DREAMS project have either completed their projects or have ceased operation. A RE data base, which was mentioned in the 2016 document as existing, was not actually completed by a previous project. A study also showed that the Affiliated RE Centers and Market Service Centers,with whm the project was to link with,were not anymore operational. The IP ceased providing support these ARECs at the time the project was starting. But in 2019,the IP passed a new order to provide support to the ARECs again. Thus, in 2020, the project moved on to work with an existing AREC in one of its project sites. The passage of the RE implementing mechanisms like the Green Energy Option Program and RE Market Rules and the proposed circular on Green Energy Tariff Program may lead to new activities that were not in the work plan but will contribute to Components 1 and 4. The 10th year anniversary of the passage of the 2008 RE Law was an opportunity that the DREAMS project took. Thus,the project produced and published the 10 year accomplishment report of the RE Law. The Local RE Planning process and collaboration with Electric Cooperatives and promoting the use of Productive Uses of RE, and establishment of data warehouse on RE and management information system for the IP were all not part of the 2016 project document. But, these activities are being undertaken as part of “adaptive management" strategy prescribed by the DREAMS Project Document. The project maintains its flexibility in its activities bearing in mind the desired outcome and output indicators.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Review the status and validity of the project activities states in the Project Document and the Inception Plan and update the project activities needed vis a vis with the project objectives, outputs and outcomes, and with REMB-DOE priorities based on its NREP 2020 to 2040
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP 2021/03 Completed March 2021 – the project reviewed the project activities and submitted a revised work program to support the request for project extension. History
8. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 8: Communication regarding the upcoming policy instrument for RE promotion. It is recommended that in order to increase the awareness amongst stakeholders,the project may come out with simple communication products (e.g. newspaper articles, communication in magazine of trade associations, online media) informing the changing landscape for doing business in the power sector in general and in the RE space in particular.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/04/06]

ACCEPTED The DREAMS project supports public consultations related to the enactment of the implementing mechanisms of the RE law. Once the guideline on the mechanism is passed, the dissemination of the guideline is done via regional and national workshops/fora. Upon the request of the IP, specific IEC materials are being produced. Recently completed publications are: 1. RE Decade Report 2008-2018 (print): Accomplishment Report of RA 9513 2. Report on the status of the implementation of the RE Act of 2008 for the period covering January 2018 to December 2018 (print) 3. DREAMS Project brochures featuring RE Act and RE stakeholders (print) For Printing: 1. Compendium of RE law Guidelines, Rule and Resolutions covering the period 2008-2019(print) -final review is ongoing, for printing and distribution. 2. Omnibus guidelines on awarding and administration of RE Service Contracts (print and avp)- being finalized,for final review, printing and distribution. 3. Updated Guidebook on Micro-hydropower Plant Development-ongoing. This 2020, the DREAMS project would develop a communication strategy, or 'Branding Strategy' for thee continuing and creative promotion of RE in the country.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.5 Development and Implementation of a RE Communication/ Branding Strategy
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
PMU, IP 2023/01 Initiated September 2022 - The Project has contracted last July 2022 a Branding Firm to development and implement an RE branding strategy. History
8.1 Compendium of RE laws
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP 2020/09 Completed
8.2 Omnibus-AVP
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP 2020/09 Completed completed History
8.3 Omnibus-Print
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU, IP 2021/06 Completed July 2021 - the draft Ready to Print copy was completed but final printing was withheld by the IP. Revisions on the guidelines are being made by the IP. March 2021 – the printing is/ will be delayed due pending revision of the guidelines where in substantial revisions will be made. History
8.4 Micro-hydro
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/11/28]
PMU, IP 2021/10 Completed Additional case studies were completed July 2021. Due date was March 2021. The MHP Manual will be printed by 30th March 2022 and will be used for training of of LGUs. Trainings will be completed by June 2022. History
9. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 9: Study regarding the potential demand for RE under the RE portfolio standards and the corresponding supply of RE for the compliance market to see the gap in demand and supply over a period of time. The study may include an exercise to determine the likely price band for Green Energy Certificates. Examine the possibility to come out with regulations regarding 'Floor Price' and a 'Cap Price' for Green Energy Certificates.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/06]

ACCEPTED The projection on the demand and supply of RE including the RPS projection are part of the revised National RE Program (2020-2040) currently being prepared by DOE and being assisted by the DREAMS Project. The NREP 2020-2040 is targeted to be released within the year. Based on the REM rules approved by the DOE, the cap price for the RECs will be determined by the Energy Regulation Commission (ERC) . A REC pricing study was recently conducted by the National RE Board and the result of the study was submitted to DOE for review and possible endorsement to ERC for consideration.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Preparation of NREP 2020-2040
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/10/12]
UNDP 2022/10 Completed completed History
10. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 10: Capacity building of private sector investors, RE equipment manufacturers and banks regarding the opportunities available under the RE portfolio standards and RE Certificates regime. Utilize the results of recommendation 5 and recommendation 9 to inform the prospective private sector investors regarding the opportunities available for the RE business under the new policy regime for the RE sector.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/06]

MANAGEMENT RESPONSE: ACCEPTED IECs on the REM and PREMS are being conducted by PEMC and back to back with the IECs of DOE's on the RPS for mandated participants. Current IECs are conducted online due to the Covid- 19 pandemic. The registration of participants for the RPS and REM was affected by the pandemic which resulted to slow/delayed registration of participants. The DREAMS project is collaborating with PEMC on how to increase and fast-tract the registration. The PEMC is also developing an AVP materials for the REM/RPS/PREMS. The DREAMS project will collaborate with DOE Investment Promotion Office on RE promotions to private investors and banks.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 RE Promotions to private investors and banks
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU, IP 2021/09 Completed July 2021 – the Project had presented in 3 different forums (E-Power Mo Investment Promotion IEC, PEPSI Cola University Webinar on SDG 7 and South East Asia Regional Agricultural Consortium) to promote RE for rural areas. March 2021 - a training needs assessment on level of skills and understanding on RE policies and technologies of 9 electric cooperatives in the Visayas region was completed. The planned on-site training to be given by REMB based on the results of it was postponed due to travel restrictions. Also, poor wifi connectivity and absence of suitable training materials for on-line sessions will not guarantee quality training. History
11. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 11: In the guidelines by DOE for competitive bidding there should be directive to procure separate quantities for RE and for fossil-fuel based power. With the RPS in force,the electric co-operative/distribution utilities would need to attempt procuring a part of the electricity from RE sources. From time to time depending upon the expected demand for electricity,the electric co- operatives invite the competitive bids for procurement of power. It is recommended that while inviting the bids there should be separate quantity mentioned for RE sources and the evaluation of bids for RE part of the quantity should be done separately.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/06]

ACCEPTED The DREAMS project is working with the Palawan Electric Cooperative,lloilo Electric Cooperative Ill and the Federation of Electric Cooperatives in Region 8. Electric cooperatives and distribution utilities are mandated to procure their power supply under Competitive Section Process (CSP).Under section 8.4.1.3 of the existing CSP guidelines (DC 2018- 02-0003) ,the TOR for the power purchase may specifically state the preferred technology provided that the justification for such preference is indicated (e.g. RE for RPS compliance requirement) . The existing CSP guidelines provides selection for preferred technology. The partner cooperatives will be provided guidance and technical assistance through the REMB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Ensure that the partner cooperatives are aware of the CSP and are complying with other implementing mechanisms of the RE law
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/12/05]
PMU, IP 2022/12 Initiated History
12. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 12: Introduce training modules on RE in the Industrial training institutes. Under outcome 4a, one of the targets is to ensure sufficient availability of certified technicians for RE. It is recommended that a RE specific training module be introduced in a some of the existing modules of TESDA and be available as a regularly course offered.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/06]

ACCEPTED The 2020 AWP will continue to develop the RE Technician Certification. Areview existing of certifications,guidelines,standards and modules will be conducted. However, related to item 7,the certification program may also be developed in partnership with other institutions, not only TESDA, like AREC and technical schools and the Mariano Marcos State University that has an earlier and similar certification program. REMB also provides certification to the technicians they train, e.g. solar training. A training need assessment is being conducted with 11 cooperatives. The TNA will be the basis for an on-line training course to be handled by the REMB.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.2 Updating/ development of training modules and trail training (on a specific topic, e.g. solar PV installations)
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/11/29]
PMU, IP 2023/01 Initiated Ongoing programme development with MMSU History
12.3 Technician training and certification
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
PMU, IP 2023/01 Initiated September 2022 - The Project has conducted an RE Technician training on Solar PV for over 50 municipal engineers and staff in Iloilo Province. Later in 2022, the Project plans to conduct with the Mariano Marcos State University an executive course on RE and Local RE Planning for Ilocos LGU staff. History
12.4 Mainstreaming to training institutions
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
PMU, IP 2023/01 Initiated September 2022 - The Project has conducted an RE Technician training on Solar PV for over 50 municipal engineers and staff in Iloilo Province. Later in 2022, the Project plans to conduct with the Mariano Marcos State University an executive course on RE and Local RE Planning for Ilocos LGU staff. History
12.1 Review of existing certifications, guidelines, standards and modules and training needs assessment
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU, IP 2020/10 Completed March 2021 – completed TNA of 9 electric cooperatives (see comment in # 10.1). The Project is also currently collaborating with the Solar and Wind Energy Management Division (SWEMD)and TESDA for a certification program for wind energy technicians. History
13. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 13: Facilitate the capacity building assistance to the LGUs in harmonizing the energy components(with RE applications) of Local Development plans (Comprehensive Development Plans,Annual Investment Plans and Comprehensive Land Use Plans) . The local development plans of provinces (lloilo and Palawan) and municipal level LGUs lacks details in the energy sector application of renewable energy. The local planning process feeds into the Regional Development Plan that incorporates the local energy plans. Technical Assistance inputs needs to be mobilized to assist the LGUs (provincial and municipal) through a participatory approach in developing their local energy plans. Review and streamline the process and develop guidelines on the local energy planning that will be incorporated the HLURB local planning guidelines.
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/06]

ACCEPTED The capacity building program for LGUs including Electric Cooperatives has been initiated in 2018. The MTR described these activities in section 5. 1. 1 of the MTR. The activities resulted to the formation of 7 RE Expert Groups (REEG) in 7 LGU partners in Palawan and Iloilo.The REEG will serve as focal points for RE development in their localities and lead in the formulation of local ordinances and resolutions promoting RE development. The DILG and DOE issued a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC 2020-01) dated 30 April 2020 for LGUs to facilitate the implementation of energy projects. A JMC between these agencies has been brought up by the PMU at the PSC. The template documents for the formation of Local Energy Planning units and passage of Local Energy Policies were also shared with other concerned units of the IP. Under section 5.1 of the circular, the LGUs,through its LDC,shall activate the Energy Sector Committee (ESC) to implement this circular which incorporates the energy programs,policies and projects into the spatial plan (Physical Framework Plan or Comprehensive Land Use Plan,whichever is applicable) and its comprehensive development plan. The REEGs are expected to be subsumed or integrated to the ESC pursuant to JMC 2020-01 of DILG and DOE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 Assistance to the lloilo Province to develop a RE plan
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
PMU, IP 2022/03 Completed June 2022 - The IPREP has been completed in February 2022, with 3 feasibility studies. An RE project supported by the SF4RE, the Iloilo Provincial Hospital Solar PV System, is a pilot project for one of the 3 IPREP feasibility studies, and is currently being installed. A Solar PV training for Iloilo Municipal Engineers was conducted to accelerate the plan's rollout. The Investment Forum to present the plan is scheduled later in the year. History
13.3 Assistance to the Palawan Electric Cooperative with the Provincial Government of on their Total Electrification Master Plan using RE sources
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU, IP 2022/09 Completed July 2021 – using the aligned data, PALECO has submitted 1 local RE proposal and will submit a second proposal NLT 30th December 2021. The EC will continue to develop and submit RE project proposals to other donors and investors. March 2021 – to be included in re-planning process. July 2020 - Data alignment completed; field validation on-going; Energy expert to be procured. History
13.2 Assistance to the lloilo Eletric Cooperative on their Total Eletrification Master Plan using RE sources
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
PMU, IP 2022/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The partnership betweein ILECO III and NPC was no longer pursued due to circumstances outside the project - specifically, the end of NPC's contract with ILECO III as a power generator by 2025. 2 RE proposals have been developed with ILECO III, which may contribute to their Total Electrification Plan - the Rehabilitation of the Ajuy Micro Hydro Power Plant which is supported by the project's SF4RE, and a Solar PV System and Productive Use of RE (PURE) Project in Gigantes Iloilo developed partly through the IPREP (See 13.1). The Ajuy proposal is uniquely strategized for on-grid connection, while Gigantes proposal is a unique demonstration of an Electric Cooperative pursuing PURE.]
June 2022 - The partnership betweein ILECO III and NPC was no longer pursued due to circumstances outside the project - specifically, the end of NPC's contract with ILECO III as a power generator by 2025. 2 RE proposals have been developed with ILECO III, which may contribute to their Total Electrification Plan - the Rehabilitation of the Ajuy Micro Hydro Power Plant which is supported by the project's SF4RE, and a Solar PV System and Productive Use of RE (PURE) Project in Gigantes Iloilo developed partly through the IPREP (See 13.1). The Ajuy proposal is uniquely strategized for on-grid connection, while Gigantes proposal is a unique demonstration of an Electric Cooperative pursuing PURE. History
14. Recommendation: MTR recommendation 14: Capacity building of regulatory authorities Study tour based on opportunities to participate in international workshops (separately for higher official and for managerial level officials) Consultancy for International Best Practices and case studies provided under dedicated sessions by the consultants
Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/06]

ACCEPTED In 2019,the facilitated and supported the conduct of an international consultation to help the DOE, ERC and PEMC in the development of the RE Market in the Philippines including the management of the RE Registrar. The technical consultation with REM stakeholders was held in California, USA. The 2020 AWP includes capacity building for executive and technical staff of the IP. The areas include emerging technologies like Ocean technology and strengthening the RE Market. Alternative modalities (e.g. online) will be considered due to the pandemic. To broaden the sharing of knowledge and capacities UNDP may sponsor South-South Dialogues on emerging RE policies,and technologies off grid solutions, community-based net-metering, PURE,etc. The training support will also be extended to partner Electric Cooperatives.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
14.1 Selection of course/ program and modality and sharing of available courses to local partners
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2021/07/15]
PMU 2021/10 Completed July 2021 – the project shared available online courses/ program to local EC Partners in Region 8, Iloilo and Palawan. March 2021 – the Project is currently working with SWEMD for certification of its wind energy experts. Completed FGD on TNA with TESDA, SWEMD and Wind Power Developers. History
14.2 Training needs assessment of engineers from 8 Electric Cooperatives in Region 8
[Added: 2021/04/11]
PMU 2020/12 Completed March 2021 - See comment # 10.1 History
14.3 On-line training
[Added: 2021/04/11] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
PMU 2022/08 Completed September 2022 - The Project conducted a hybrid technical Hydrology training for the DOE Renewable Energy Management Bureau Hydro and Ocean Energy Management Division last April-May 2022. Additionally, the Project supported the presentation and participation of National Project Director Assistant Secretary Mylene Capongcol and then-DREAMS Project Steering Committee Chair Undersecretary Felix Fuentebella in the Renewable Energy Markets Asia Conference 2022 held last April, 2022 in Singapore. Lastly, the Project plans to provide travel assistance for Director Capongcol and a REMB staff's participation in the World Bank Group's European Offshore Wind Seminar and Study Tour 2022 from September 20 - October 3, 2022 in Netherlands and Germany. History

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