Investors plan to make a presentation before lawmakers on March 1 about the potential of having a waste-to-energy or gasification facility in the CNMI, a presentation that at least the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications is looking forward to.
PUTC Committee chair Rep. Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero (IR-Saipan) said yesterday he encourages members to attend the presentation, as the Legislature helps to find ways to reduce utility costs for CNMI consumers by tapping alternative energy sources.
Norman T. Tenorio, managing director of Joeten Enterprises Inc., wrote a Feb. 20 letter to the Legislature informing them of their hosting of American investors Daniel J. Brink and Ben VanKorn of Alliance Federated Energy.
Tenorio said Brink and VanKorn will be in the CNMI “to assess the potential of building a gasification facility.”
“In short, gasification is the process in which biomass such as waste from our landfill or trash from our homes and businesses is converted into a fuel source. Because our current source of diesel-fueled power generation is swiftly becoming antiquated, we believe that gasification will be playing a larger role in the CNMI's environmentally sustainable and renewable energy portfolio,” Tenorio told lawmakers.
He added that the rising cost of fossil fuels also means that gasification will be an affordable supplement to help lower the exorbitantly high costs of power generation.
The investors are looking at having the presentation before lawmakers on March 1, Friday, 2pm, at the Legislature.
The CNMI government listens to a host of presentations by foreign investors on alternative or renewable energy sources potentials, but to date, has yet to fully integrate any of these in the power generation system.