About Us

Isabela Biomass Energy Corporation (IBEC) is a 100% Philippine-owned corporation, duly-registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines, that was formed to generate, sell and supply electricity through the exploration, development and utilization of alternative and/or renewable sources of energy and technologies.

IBEC is strategically positioned to efficiently construct and operate the 20-MW rice-husk-fired power plant in Alicia, Isabela, capitalizing on the successful implementation of two (2) x 2 MW rice husk power plants located in Isabela Province owned by two of IBEC’s incorporators and officers, for use of its rice mill operations – the Golden Season Power Plant in Luna, and the Family Choice Power Plant in Cabatuan. Both power plants embraced the global paradigm shift towards the development and use of clean, cost effective production of electricity, through the utilization of renewable energy resources.

IBEC was formed through a consortium of rice millers in Isabela who themselves have dedicated and committed to supply the necessary feedstock for the power plant’s operation. The unity of IBEC shareholders guaranteeing the sufficient and sustainable supply of feedstock in the form of rice husks coupled with the technical expertise and experiences of the two (2) families running their individual power plants serve as existing guiding lights in the pursuit of the IBEC biomass power project.

Vision and Mission Statement

Vision. To operate the largest rice husk-fired, grid-connected, power plant in Luzon by 2015 and expand operations through the duplication of the same biomass power plants in the succeeding years, in areas where resource availability is at its highest.

Mission. IBEC aims to become one of the more aggressive and technology-driven renewable energy companies in the country. Through its development of biomass-fired power plants, IBEC will be able to contribute to the socio-economic development of the countryside, specifically in the upliftment of the standard of living of the Filipino farmers through the provision of additional income to their families as an offshoot of the provision and purchase of biomass feedstock to the company’s power plants.

The IBEC project also plays an important role in minimizing the adverse effects of energy generation through the utilization of environment-friendly and benign agricultural wastes.

Development, Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts of the IBEC Biomass Power Plant Project

The IBEC biomass power plant project is expected to provide significant developmental, socio-economic and environmental impact not only to the host barangay but also to the Municipality of Alicia as well as the entire province of Isabela, through a confluence of factors and benefits to the populace. These are:

  • Boost to the local economy. The construction and establishment of a 20-MW power plant in Alicia, Isabela definitely provides a huge push towards the Municipality’s economic development. The existence of a power plant will be the catalyst in attracting a number of locators or investors searching for a place that can provide reliable source of electricity for their operations. Consequently, the increase in the number of investors in a locality adds income to its coffers in the form of local taxes, taxes that could be used to improve the basic services for its citizens.
  • Creation of new employment opportunities. Jobs will be generated during the construction and operation phases of the power plant project. An estimated 80 workers either from the host barangay and municipality as well as its surrounding communities will be hired directly or through sub-contracts as construction workers. Additionally, the company will employ around 39 permanent employees for the power plant’s operation and maintenance.
  • Capacity building and technology transfer. The equipment and technology supplier will deploy experts at the power plant for at least one (1) year after the plant’s commissioning to train the power plant staff and provide sound advice on trouble-shooting and all the other relevant aspects of the plant’s operations.
  • Stabilization of the grid. The IBEC power plant provides baseload power that it may offer to the National Grid. Compared to the other renewable energy sources like wind and solar, this biomass power plant will not be producing intermittent power but rather a stable source of electricity, thus reducing energy shortfalls.
  • Foreign exchange savings and fossil fuel displacement. The utilization of indigenous fuel as feedstock for the power plant, specifically rice husks, will displace the use of coal and oil, mostly imported fuel that requires huge amounts of foreign currency to purchase. As more companies venture into renewable energy utilization for power production as capacity additions to the grid, eventually, electricity generated by fossil-fired power plants will imminently be displaced.
  • Environmentally-benign technology. The IBEC power plant mitigates climate change and abates greenhouse gas emissions by specifically using rice husks as feedstock. Normally, rice husks in the province of Isabela are delivered to rot at several open dumpsites which may cause methane. Likewise, the practice of open field burning is still prevalent which causes carbon dioxide emissions. Both methane and carbon dioxide emissions are harmful to the people’s health.
  • Complies with local and international emission and water standards. The project strictly conforms with local and international environmental standards. For its biomass power plant project, IBEC has secured the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) on December 6, 2012. The CO2 emission factor avoided from the power plant project’s operation is computed at 58,780 tons of CO2 per year.