No more new coal plant applications under latest Philippines energy policy

Published onOctober 28, 2020

The Philippines is no longer accepting new applications for greenfield coal power plants, under the latest policy announced by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. Cusi said the moratorium on endorsements is based on the latest assessment by the Department of Energy (DOE) which highlighted the need to shift to a “more flexible power supply mix” that would help build a more sustainable power system in the country. “While we have initially embraced a technology-neutral policy, our periodic assessment of our country’s energy requirements is paving the way for innovative adaptations in our policy direction,” Cusi said in a recorded speech at the 2nd Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables on Tuesday, October 27. In September 2019, Cusi had blocked proposals to ban coal unless the Philippines meets its need for energy security. However, the latest review, according to Cusi, bats for the entry of “new, cleaner, and indigenous” technological innovations.