DOE: PH to rely on existing coal-fired plants until 2030

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has indicated that despite the moratorium on new coal-fired power plants, the Philippines will continue to rely on its existing coal-fired plants to ensure a stable and reliable electricity supply.

According to GMA Integrated News’ recent report, Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla emphasized that coal remains the dominant source in the country’s energy mix, accounting for 62%. In comparison, renewable energy accounts for 22%, which is still below the government’s target of 35% by 2030.

Lotilla clarified that the DOE sees no reason to lift the moratorium on new coal plants. He mentioned that while new coal-fired power plants are subject to a moratorium, there are exceptions for existing committed, indicative, and expansion plans.

He highlighted that the country has over 6,300 megawatts (MW) of dependable coal capacity that are 10 years old or younger, ensuring their operation for at least another 30 years. Moreover, there are more than 3,400 megawatts of coal capacities that are between 10 and 30 years old, which means they still have at least 10 more years of operational lifespan.

Despite the continued reliance on coal, Lotilla reiterated the government’s commitment to increasing the share of renewable energy in the power mix. 

Moreover, he stated that maximizing the utilization of existing energy infrastructure helps avoid imposing additional cost burdens on the economy and consumers.

The Department of Energy (DOE) projects that power producers will generate approximately 2,255 MW of additional coal supply by 2028. This will contribute to the government’s objective of adding 11,000 MW of new capacity. 

The additional capacity is expected to address the estimated peak demand growth of around 5.3% from 2023 to 2028.

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