PCIJ LAUNCHES ENERGY TRANSITION SERIES
The piecemeal and problematic implementation of the Renewable Energy Law is blocking clean and cheap energy for millions of Filipinos. PCIJ looks at the country's dirty and costly detour to liquefied natural gas and why green energy can't gain ground in the Philippines.
VERDE ISLAND PASSAGE IN DANGER AS LNG PROJECTS FLOCK TO BATANGAS
The ‘solution’ to the looming energy crisis breeds irreversible damage to the ‘Amazon’ of the oceans.
“It’s a continuous dynamic of different ecosystems: from mangrove, seagrass, seaweed bed, then corals. So even if only one ocean circulation or one reef pattern will be changed, everything will be changed.”
— JAYVEE SACO, PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF MARINE SCIENCE PRESIDENT
LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS: A DIRTY, COSTLY DETOUR
The Philippines detours from the renewable energy path to dirty, expensive and imported fossil gas.
“We’ve been detoured from tapping a 100-percent renewable energy system… That’s a decade lost. We’re confronting a new detour now.”
— GERRY ARANCES, CENTER FOR ENERGY, ECOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT
WHY GREEN ENERGY CAN'T GAIN GROUND IN THE PHILIPPINES
The piecemeal and problematic implementation of the Renewable Energy Law is blocking clean and cheap energy for millions of Filipinos.
“What was important (for developers) was the presence of a regulatory framework.... But for the past six years (of the Duterte administration), there was no incentive for us, no way for us to secure long-term offtake agreements.”
— SALVADOR 'ABOY' CASTROY, CLEANTECH CEO
MARCOS JR.'S GOV'T OVERTURNS DUTERTE'S LUKEWARM STANCE ON RENEWABLE POWER
With no hard net-zero emission commitments, can regulators push a shift to renewable energy? .
“How do we see a regulator’s role in an electric power industry that is undeniably in transition? The ultimate goal – the holy grail – is not just to [ensure] affordability of [energy] but energy democracy.”
— MONALISA DIMALANTA, ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION CHAIR