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By Bernadette H. Carreon

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, Dec. 19) - The Palau Public Utilities Corporation is looking into a combination of renewable energy and fossil fuel as source of power.

Kione Isechal, PPUC Chairman of the Board said this during the Palau Chamber of Commerce General Membership meeting last week.

He said that the PPUC will be purchasing new generators to upgrade the power plants Palau.

Isechal said that the alternative sources of electricity; PPUC is eyeing hydro-electric power plant, windmill run power plants and solar-powered plants.

He said the three sources of energy are being considered to run with fuel-run power plants.

Earlier President Remengesau said that Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) Program have agreed to finance a feasibility study on the suitable power plant for Palau.

The president said that the study will determine what the size of the engine is and the kilowatt the plant needed.

Japan’s ODA is a program established by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide economic aid to developing countries.

He said Palau has made the request for the study as a first step to the need to replace the aging power plants.

He said Japan provides soft loan to developing nations to aid them in the economic development.

However, before a new power plant is put in place, a feasibility study is needed to ensure that the new one will benefit Palau for a long time.

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