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Philippines signals transition to cleaner alternatives to coal

President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated a turnaround in the country’s energy policy by pledging to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power and increase the share of renewables and gas President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated a turnaround in the country’s energy policy by pledging to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power and increase the share of renewables and gas.
By Damon Evans 29 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 34438
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address in Quezon City. (PA)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signalled that his country must curb its heavy dependence on coal-fired power and accelerate its transition to renewable energy as it aims to double its power generation capacity by 2030.

“We recognise the urgent need to ensure the sustainability and availability of resources and the development of alternative ones. In this regard, I trust that [Energy] Secretary [Alfonso] Cusi shall fast-track the development of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal,” Duterte said last week...