Ph still largely dependent on coal for power


The Philippines remains largely dependent on coal for its electricity requirements, with fossil fuels powering half of the country’s output even during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on data from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

WESM’s operator Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) particularly cited that coal represented 35,732 gigawatt-hours (GWh) or 54% of  66,494 GWh customers consumed from January to October this year. Natural gas was second with 16,236 GWh or 24%.

The IEMOP added that of the 20,873 megawatts (MW) registered at the WESM, coal accounted for 9,042 MW or 43%. Natural gas came at far second again with 3,295 MW or 16%.

As for peak daily demand, spot market records show that this has been receding since reaching a pandemic-period high of 10,193 MW in September. Peak demand was pegged at 9,776 MW and 8,947 MW in October and November, respectively.





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