To address energy and environmental challenges from rapid industrialization and population growth, Mindanao is aiming for a 50% renewable energy (RE) share in its energy mix by 2030, according to Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson Monalisa Dimalanta.
Currently surpassing the national target at 37% RE generation capacity, Mindanao has an excess capacity of 4,570 MW against a peak demand of 2,167 MW.
Dimalanta emphasizes the need for a balanced approach, stating that achieving the 50% goal requires consideration of generation, cost, and system requirements.
Meanwhile, President of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Jose Raul Saniel, sees the possibility of reaching the 50% RE mix by 2030 but highlights the need for economic growth and investments to meet rising power demands.
Moreover, Mindanao Development Authority’s Executive Director Janet Lopoz views Mindanao’s abundant natural resources as an opportunity to lead in the transition to clean energy, emphasizing the potential of solar, wind, and hydropower sources.
Lopoz notes the region’s progress towards the 50% objective, citing the potential of RE solutions.