DOE bats for development of coal-fired power plants
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Ozamiz City (5 March) -- People should open their minds to the prospect of developing the coal-fired power energy because coal will remain a major alternative fuel for power generation in the next 20 years.
In fact, by the end of 2030, the primary energy supply outlook of the country has listed coal as the number one source of energy, followed by oil, natural gas, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass and nuclear power, as indicated in the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP), Undersecretary Zamzamin Ampatuan of the Dept. of Energy (DOE) said.
At this time, people should be able to understand that our hydro-powered plants have been plagued with the lack of water not only due to the El Nino phenomenon but because this has always been the case every summer when the level of water sources of the hydro power plants are depleted.
"Thus, we have to find alternative sources, aside from hyrdro, if we want ample supply of power and that's exactly what we need now," he said.
Ampatuan who opened the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign on the 20-Year PEP held at the Royal Garden Hotel, this city, said after 20 years, our country will have a final energy demand for the different sectors, particularly, the transport, industry, agriculture, residential and commercial sector.
The development of a coal-powered plant to answer the need for electric power is much better compared to lighting a "lampara" (wick lamp), using kerosene within the confines of a room, the DOE Usec also stressed.
Meanwhile, Ampatuan stressed the need for adoption of clean coal technologies to address the environmental and social acceptability issues that hamper the development of local coal resources to increase local coal consumption.
So far, Northern Mindanao has one (1) coal-fired power plant located in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, the Steag Power Inc., that generates about 210MW of electric power which has been operating for sometime now. (PIA 10) [top]