Fri. Dec 13th, 2019

There is still hope for PPA, says PPUC Chairman

Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) officials answer questions posed by the national congress leaders during the oversight hearing held on October 10 at the Old Olbiil Era Kelulau in Koror. In the center, PPUC Chairman Greg Decherong and PPUC Project Planning and Implementation Manager Anthony Rudimch (rightmost). (File Photo)

Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) Chairman Gregorio Decherong told Island Times in an ambush interview yesterday, December 10, that he believes there is still hope for Palau’s power purchase deal with Engie EPS that was recently junked by the Senate due to several concerns.

“There is still hope. We hope that the Senate will come to their senses and be able to know that we should all sit down and talk about it instead of just killing it,” Decherong said.

Decherong had once again said that his office believes that the power purchase deal with Engie EPS was “one of the best deals,” adding that through this agreement, Palau will have 35 MWp of photovoltaic solar panels and a 45 MWh storage battery.

Decherong said that PPUC is now waiting for further directives or developments from President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. following the refusal of senate to adopt resolution to approve the deal.

“We still believe we can sit with the senate and talk about some of the issues which are very, very important for Palau and for the improvement and the reduction of the cost of electricity,” Decherong said.

A leadership meeting is scheduled today, December 11, to tackle the PPA and airport expansion project, among others. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)