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Energy Resources and the Growing Energy Needs of the Philippines

Energy Resources and
the Growing Energy
Needs of the Philippines
Ambay, David, Palma
Report Outline
Energy Sources
Energy Resources Policies and Programs
Growing Energy Needs
Types of Energy Sources
Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy is one of the energy sources in the Philippines.
It is defined as energy sources that are constantly being replenished
which means we can use it as much as we want without them being
These energy sources are usually much more environmentally friendly
than other sources of energy like fossil fuels.
Solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass are renewable
energy sources that are being used in the country.
Solar Energy
Solar energy is one of the most promising sources of energy and its share in
the global energy mix has steadily increased over the past several years. In
the past years, despite its huge potential, the Philippines is lagging behind in
terms of policy implementation and deployment of solar energy as its main
Throughout the years, the Philippines was able to implement the use of solar
energy as one of its main source of energy. Although the country is still young
when it comes to solar development, it was able to get seven active projects.
According to a Dutch consultancy firm, the Philippines ranked No. 1 among
the developing countries in Asia in terms of the use of photovoltaic systems
for electricity generation. It also ranked fifth worldwide following Chile,
South Africa, Brazil, and Thailand.
Cadiz Solar Power Plant – 132.5 Mw of
solar energy
Wind Energy
The Philippines has overtaken all other members of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations in terms of installed wind energy capacity.
The country now has an operational wind energy capacity of 427 MW, which is
in par with other Asian countries.
Although it is in par with other Asian countries, it is still relatively low when
compared to the Western countries.
In its National Renewable Energy Plan 2012 - 2030, the Philippines has set the
goal of adopting an additional 1,548MW of renewable energy by 2030. A
breakdown of this reveals that wind power will account for the greatest share
of this at 38% (593MW).
Burgos Wind Farm – 150 MW of wind
Hydropower is one of the best renewable energy because it is always
available and does not depend on the current weather or climate of a place.
Hydropower helped the Philippines faced its need for more power. There are
many hydroelectric power plants in the country one of which is the Magat
hydropower plant that helped the country’s energy shortages by attracting
foreign and local investors.
Ever since then, private sponsors have pledged to invest more in the
Philippines power sector which helped the country avoid electricity shortages.
Magat Dam– 360 MW
The Philippines has abundant supplies of biomass energy resources in the form
of agricultural crop residues, forest residues, animal wastes, agro-industrial
wastes, municipal solid wastes and aquatic biomass.
The most common agricultural wastes are rice hull, cane trash, and coconut
Rice hull is perhaps the most important, underdeveloped biomass resource
that could be fully
Biomass energy plays a vital role in the nation’s energy supply. utilized in a
sustainable manner. Biomass energy application accounts for around 15
percent of the primary energy use in the Philippines.
San Carlos BioPower – 19.9 MW
The Philippines is one of the world's top producers of geothermal power
because of its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Even though its in the top producers of geothermal energy, the country has
not seen any geothermal development since the enactment of the Renewable
Energy Act of 2008, which dislodged the Philippines from the second top spot
in terms of capacity generated from the resource.
It is one of the renewable energy developments that could provide baseload,
or 24/7 power supply. The other is hydropower.
Malitbog Geothermal Plant – 232.5 MW
Types of Energy Sources
Non-Renewable Energy Sources