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‘Coal is still king’ in Southeast Asia even as countries work toward cleaner energy

Coal is still a dominant fuel in the rapidly growing economies of Southeast Asia, even amid a general global move toward cleaner energy sources, data from several recent reports show. “The narrative surrounding coal has been pessimistic across the world. This will result in the gradual slowdown of new coal-fired capacity in Southeast Asia,” said Jacqueline Tao, […]

‘Coal plants to boost Luzon grid capacity’

Nearly 6,000 megawatts (MW) of total power generation capacity would be added to the Luzon grid until 2025, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

‘World Bank indirectly funding Asian coal projects’

[JAKARTA] An international team of environmental and financial experts claim in a report that contrary to declarations it made in 2013, the World Bank (WB) has been indirectly funding coal mining projects in Asia. According to the report, published this month (11 April),  the WB’s private-sector arm – the International Financial Corporation (IFC) – has […]

14 exploration applications in DOE’s hands

The Department of Energy (DOE) has received a total of 14 applications for exploration activities for oil and gas throughout the country.

2,000-MW Indonesian coal-fired plant may be operational next year

What some are calling the largest coal-fired power plant in Indonesia should begin commercial operations in 2020, officials said. The 2,000-MW Batang power plant is nearly completed, an official with Adaro Power told the Jakarta Post. The project is being built to deal with Indonesia’s looming electricity shortage, according to the company. Indonesia government authorities […]

2020: a dismal year for coal power

Plans for expansion in South and Southeast Asia were finally re-evaluated, with little prospect for a revival this year

6,500MW power plants, mostly coal, set for delay amid pandemic

The completion of seven big power plants and four power distribution projects have been delayed indefinitely due to the health crisis, causing power sector investment and plans to slow entering the second half. Seven of the delayed plants are coal-fired – contributing 74 percent of total capacity – but there is also one gas-fired and one […]

AboitizPower shuns coal in favor of natural gas

Aboitiz Power Corp. has been on a pivot toward renewable energy and away from coal-based electricity generation—even before the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a moratorium on greenfield coal projects—and is now even considering natural gas as an added boost for recovery from the pandemic.

AC Energy to leave coal projects

Ayala-owned AC Energy Philippines is breaking free from coal-fired generating facilities, hence, it is casting the divestment of its shareholdings in the 1,336-megawatt Dinginin power project and the 360MW Mariveles coal plant, its joint venture with the Aboitiz group.

AC Energy’s Mindanao coal plant named project of national significance

MANILA, Philippines — The Mindanao coal-fired power plant owned by AC Energy Inc. has been named as among the country’s energy projects of national significance (EPNS). The Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC), led by the Department of Energy (DOE), has endorsed the 4×138-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Lanao del Norte in Mindanao owned by […]