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Government Green Lights Hydro, Wind Power Plants for 2014

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Hydro-electric plant in Kalayaan, Laguna

The Philippine government issues the green light for several proposed power plants in 2014 as part of larger efforts to become 100 per cent powered by renewables within a decade. Some of the projects are located in nearby provinces outside Metro Manila, with three in Rodriguez City (Sitio Wawa, San Isidro and San Jose), one in San Mateo, two in Marikina City (Tumana and Nangka 4) and two in Antipolo City (Hinulugang Taktak and Nangka 1).

Hydroelectric power remains the most attractive renewable energy investment in the Philippines as eight new mini hydro projects gain approval for construction this year. Hydrotec Renewables, for example, is investing US$53 to US$62 million on a combined 25-30 MW projects, to be completed by 2016.

The Philippines is already one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy, with a third of its primary energy source coming from renewables. According to Department of Energy (DOE) data, hydropower – with a total capacity of 5,468MW – will contribute the most amount of renewable energy in the country. Out of this, 2,950MW are still in the pipeline.

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  1. * jumps for joy* I consider myself a tree hugger, so I consider this such great news.



    January 14, 2014 at 2:03 am

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