New Simplified Calculation Procedure for Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and Feed-in Tariff

July 28th, 2010 3 Comments   Posted in cost of power generation

New Simplified Calculation Procedure for Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and Feed-in Tariff

As part of the on-going technical preparations for the proposed mini-conference on the Mindanao Power Crisis this coming late August or early September 2010 and the main conference on “Energy & Climate Change”, the workshop coordinator, Mr. Marcial T. Ocampo, has prepared the simplified calculation procedure for calculating the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and levelized selling price (tariff) for conventional and renewable energy resources.

The result of the simplified formulas using the US NREL formula for generation cost and the RP MTO formula for selling price were compared with the results from a full-blown project finance model and the variance between the two methods were minimal in most of the power generation technologies analyzed.

The input data came from the IEPR research summary of 2007 and from internationally published data on power generation technology by noted experts such as Paul Breeze and yours truly, Marcial Ocampo. More »

Preliminary Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for Renewable Energy Sources in the Philippines – Biomass, Mini-Hydro, Wind and Solar

February 5th, 2010 8 Comments   Posted in feed-in tariff, financial models

Preliminary Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for Renewable Energy Sources in the Philippines – Biomass, Mini-Hydro, Wind and Solar

Last January 20-21, 2010, the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) and in consultation with the Renewable Energy (RE) Alliance, conducted a three day seminar at the Subic International Hotel at the Subic Free Port, Province of Zambales, Philippines.

With the recent passage last year (2009) of the Philippine Renewable Energy Law (R.A. 9513) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (DC 2009-05-0008), a Feed-In Tariff mechanism has to be established in the country within a year (February 2010).  In particular, a feed-in tariff scheme which provides an obligation to the power industry to source RE generation at a guaranteed fixed price over a period of time, which should not be less than a period of 12 years (15 years per ERC), to be determined by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). More »