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The Philippines is on a trajectory to increase its power output by 2030 as part of the government's mission to provide energy security, ensure energy independence and increase energy efficiency to support the country's sustainable development plans.

Whether the government could guarantee the Philippines’ energy needs at an affordable price, and how to achieve it, has been one of the hottest policy debates. The strategies adopted by the government to manage its resources and the policies enacted to balance domestic use and supply have become critically important issues, given the Philippines’ rapidly developing economy.

Join energy leaders and experts at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit 2021 (2CES 2021)
2CES 2021 is a forum for energy industry professionals and innovators in clean energy technology and management which brings together perspectives and expertise from around the globe as its guests learn and network in a collaborative environment.
Taking place on March 23, 2021 at the Grand Sunset Pavilion of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit 2021 gathers key decision makers driving the Philippines’ energy growth and provides a platform for showcasing solutions and technologies and building relationships with key global partners.

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DoE evaluating renewables applications covering 1,479 megawatts

November 17, 2020

 

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said Tuesday that it has received 44 applications for renewables service and operating contracts linked to projects with the potential to generate 1,479 megawatts (MW).

The proposals cover solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal projects, it said.

Renewables adoption requires ‘whole-of-society’ approach — NREB

November 11, 2020

 

THE transition to renewable energy requires the involvement of every segment of society with greater public engagement possibly encouraged by the government’s recent ban on new coal-fired power plants, the head of a government board overseeing renewables said.

The Department of Energy (DoE) freeze on new coal projects sets the stage for “all hands on deck” to participate in the promotion of renewables, according to Monalisa C. Dimalanta, who chairs the National Renewable Energy Board.

IEEFA: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

Sara Jane Ahmed and Melissa Brown

November 3, 2020

 

The Department of Energy’s call for a moratorium on greenfield coal power plants marks a clear break with past policies and comes as the Philippines prioritizes the need for more resilient, flexible and lower cost alternatives to fossil fuel baseload power, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

Policymakers and industry leaders ready to embrace new energy technologies

Energy chief orders fast tracking of renewable energy program

CNN Philippines Staff

Jul 28, 2020

 

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered faster implementation of the National Renewable Energy Program 2020-2040 to achieve its target of 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy in 20 years.

“There is a need to fast track the NREP to help the country achieve the goals set forth in the Renewable Energy Act of 2008,” Cusi said in a statement on Tuesday.

Better policies seen to drive renewable energy growth

Kris Crismundo

July 10, 2020

 

The Philippines can achieve its renewable energy (RE) targets for 2030 with better policies in place, said AC Energy president and chief executive officer Eric Francia.

During the Philippine Energy Independence Council webinar on Friday, Francia said the country needs to triple its renewable output until 2030 to achieve the target of increasing RE share to 35 percent from the 21 percent share in 2019.

Renewable energy more viable following pandemic

Danessa Rivera

June 15, 2020

 

The coronavirus disease 2019  or COVID-19 pandemic has afforded the Philippines an opportunity to pursue an energy transition toward the development of more renewable energy sources as the drop in power demand forced lower coal generation.

This is according to a policy paper by Ateneo de Manila University economics department Associate Professor Majah-Leah Ravago and The University of Hawaii, Manoa economics department Professor Emeritus James Roumasset titled “Can COVID-19 spark an energy transition in the Philippines?”

DOE launches first renewable-energy on-line trading platform in Philippines

Lennie Lectura, BusinessMirror

December 18, 2019

 

“Today marks a momentous event for the country’s renewable-energy landscape, as we introduce the Philippine Renewable Energy Market System that will be used by the RE Registrar to track, monitor, and assess the implementation and compliance to the Renewable Portfolio Standards Rules [RPS] for both on-grid and off-grid areas,”...

The PREMS, as an on-line enterprise platform, will facilitate market competitiveness, efficiency, and transparency in the trading of RE certificates, based on the REM (Renewable Energy Market) Rules.

DOE sets formula for RE’s green energy pricing

Myrna M. Velasco

December 7, 2019, 10:00 PM

 

“The Department of Energy (DOE) is crafting a formula that will establish the “green energy pricing” for renewable energy (RE) based on reference costs from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).”...

The energy department said the “green energy pricing” will serve as a benchmark pricing that the developers of RE projects could leverage on if they will join the government-administered auction for RE capacity that shall be in line with the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) policy.

Adoption of renewable energy gaining ground in PH, Taiwan

Joann Villanueva | November 27, 2019, 9:57 PM

 

 

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Renewable energy’s (RE) contribution on Philippines’ total energy mix remains small, thus, it is working to increase such share to the overall supply, but the country is not alone on this effort, an official of a power station here said. 

In the Philippines, the Department of Energy (DOE) has earlier set a 30-30-30-10 share for coal, natural gas, renewables, and other sources like oil-based power generation plants.

Philippines DOE considering stable pricing system for renewable energy

Alexander Richter | November 14, 2019

 

With the Green Energy Pricing Program (Gepp), the government aims to establish “stable pricing” to encourage investment, so Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella to Sun Star in the Philippines.

The Philippines Department of Energy is pushing for a new green pricing scheme aimed at fostering investment into the clean energy sector. How far this is indeed favorable for geothermal will have to be seen.

ERC approves amended net metering rules

October 18, 2019

 

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has adopted amendments to the rules on net metering, the program that allows ordinary electricity consumers with their own power generation systems to sell their excess capacity to the distribution grid.

The amendment is covered by Resolution No. 06, Series of 2019, the Rules Enabling the Net-Metering Program for Renewable Energy. The amended program, among others, simplifies the process for ordinary electricity consumer to become a “prosumer.”

DOE vows speedy implementation of major renewable-energy policies

Lenie Lectura | July 26, 2019

 

The Department of Energy (DOE) has vowed to fast-track the implementation of two key renewable-energy (RE) policies following President Duterte’s remarks that the country needs to develop more RE sources, and reduce dependence on traditional energy sources, such as coal.

RPS mandates distribution utilities to source a minimum portion of energy from renewable sources, thus guaranteeing a market for RE generators. This minimum portion will be increased on a yearly basis.

Philippines readies new renewable energy policies to curb coal dependence

July 25, 2019

 

The Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday vowed to fast-track the implementation of two key renewable energy (RE) policies, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to reduce the country’s dependence on coal.

The Southeast Asian nation aims to double its power generation capacity by 2030 to support a growing economy, but it still relies heavily on coal, the cheapest yet dirty fuel option.

Asia needs to rapidly shift to renewable energy to keep up with climate crisis, says new report

Imelda Abano | June 20, 2019

 

 

Home to more than 2.5 billion people, countries in South and Southeast Asia will need to decarbonize their energy systems by 2050 through rapid increase of renewable energy use in line with the long-term temperature goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius of the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

“ Challenges that South and South East Asian nations face in transitioning to renewables are very country-specific and depend on their economic as well as geographic circumstances,” said report author Paola Yanguas Parra, policy analyst at Climate Analytics.

Cusi pushes for continued strengthening of RE sector in PH

DOE | May 31, 2019

 

TAGUIG CITY, May 31 -- Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi is actively pushing for consumer-oriented policy initiatives that would advance the Philippine renewable energy (RE) sector as part of the Department’s Nine-Point Energy Agenda. 

Under the leadership of Secretary Cusi, the RPS rules for On-Grid, Off-Grid, and the GEOP have been developed and established to promote reliable and sustainable RE resources.

Renewable energy to grow 11.2% a year

 

Share of solar, onshore wind power in power-generation mix to increase

Ronnel Domingo | May 27, 2019, 05:10 AM

 

Power generation capacity in the Philippines based on renewable sources other than hydro is expected to see a double-digit annual growth over the next 12 years, driven by the continued growth in the economy and the population.

In a market outlook report focused on the Philippines, analytics firm GlobalData said installed capacity was cued for an 11.2-percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2030.

Palace appoints new head of renewable energy board

BW Online | April 2, 2019, 12:02 AM

 

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed lawyer Monalisa C. Dimalanta as the new chairperson of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB), which serves as an advisory body to the Department of Energy (DoE).

“Monalisa leads the Energy Practice Group of PJS Law. Her expertise in the energy sector has made her the top choice as legal counsel to the major players (local and foreign) in the industry, as well as for new investors seeking to gain entry into this dynamic area of the Philippine economy. 

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