DOE to release new energy roadmap this year

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to release the new energy roadmap up to 2050 this year. 

In a report by the Philippine Star, DOE Energy Policy and Planning Bureau director Michael Sinocruz said that the current Philippine Energy Plan covers years 2020 to 2040 and they are currently updating the plan to expand the planning horizon up to 2050, adding that many developments must be considered. 

Sinocruz added that the DOE will be having a planning conference to set the targets for the next Philippine Energy Plan, adding that the updated plan would map out the direction of where the country’s energy sector wants to be in the future. 

He added that the new roadmap will consider the challenges that the country’s energy sector faces. 

Sinocruz further said that the updated energy plan will include the “impact of nuclear in the mix in terms of reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emission in terms of costs, among others.” 

Nuclear power is among the technologies being explored in the country and is also being considered as a long-term option for power generation. 

Former Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Executive Order 164 or the Nuclear Energy Program (NEP), the Department of Energy said that the new administration would need around three years to deploy nuclear projects in the country. 

DOE earlier said that it will be integrating hydrogen and ammonia in the updated Philippine Energy Plan. 

Sinocruz said that they will be updating whether there is a need to increase the share of renewable energy from the original target of 35% by 2030 and 50% by 2040.