Coal share in energy mix increases in first half of 2017

Coal share in energy mix increases in first half of 2017

Coal has dominated the country’s installed on grid capacity in the first half of 2017, data from the Energy Department said.

In a report by the Malaya, coal power dominated the power mix as it provided 7, 569 MW of the 21, 621 MW installed on grid capacity for the first semester.

The fossil fuel’s share also increased by 16.7 percent from 2016’s 6,484 MW. This makes its overall share to 35 percent.

Solar showed the biggest increase in installed capacity as it grew 23.2 percent or an 842 MW contribution. Its overall increase also went up to 3.9 percent.

Capacity from hydroelectric power plants contributed 3, 609 MW, reflecting a 0.8 percent increase in installed capacity share. Its overall share, however, went down to 16.8 percent from 18 percent.

Geothermal energy had a decrease in its contribution from 1, 917 MW to 1,906 MW.

Oil-based plants contributed to contributed 3, 584 MW in the installed on-grid capacity, 1.4 percent lower than last year.

Natural gas plants gave 3, 431 MW for the first semester. This reflected an increase of 19.5 percent. Its overall share also went up to 15.9 percent.

427 MW of the installed capacity came from wind power plants, while 224 MW came from biomass power.

Meanwhile, the total installed on-grid capacity grew 8.8 percent to 21, 621 MW versus last year’s 19,861 MW.

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