Tackling Energy Challenges Amidst Rapid Growth
As Mindanao grapples with energy and environmental challenges intensified by rapid industrialization and population growth, the region unveils an ambitious target. Mindanao aims to achieve a 50% renewable energy (RE) share in its overall energy mix by 2030, a grand vision set to reshape its energy landscape.
Exceeding National Targets
In a recent press briefing on Monday, Monalisa Dimalanta, chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission, revealed that Mindanao already boasts a remarkable 37% renewable energy generation capacity. This surpasses the national target of 35%, positioning Mindanao as a frontrunner in sustainable energy practices.
Surplus Capacity and the Road to 50% RE
Despite facing a peak demand of 2,167 megawatts (MW) and possessing an installed capacity of 4,570 MW, Mindanao stands out as the only island with excess capacity, according to Dimalanta. To reach the 50% RE goal, she emphasizes the need for a balanced approach, considering generation, cost, and system requirements.
Mapping the Clean Energy Future at the Mindanao Clean Energy Forum 2023
Dimalanta expressed excitement about the two-day Mindanao Clean Energy Forum 2023 and Renewable Energy (RE) Congress. The event serves as a pivotal platform for crafting a detailed plan to achieve the 50% renewable energy mix by 2030.
“I think it’s doable, that’s why I’m excited to see the outcome of this congress because there has to be that detailed plan. Getting to 50 percent is not just a matter of increasing the generation, it has to be balanced,”
Dimalanta said, referring to the two-day Mindanao Clean Energy Forum 2023 and Renewable Energy (RE) Congress that started here Monday.
Collaborative Efforts for a Sustainable Tomorrow
Jose Raul Saniel, president of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, envisions the possibility of hitting the 50% RE mix in 2030. He underscores the need for economic growth and investments to allow electric cooperatives to contract with RE, meeting the rising power demand.
Shaping the Future with Renewable Energy Solutions
Mindanao Development Authority Executive Director Janet Lopoz believes Mindanao is on the right path toward the 50% objective. By harnessing renewable energy solutions, the region demonstrates its commitment to mitigating climate change, unlocking economic opportunities, and ensuring energy security.
Mindanao’s Natural Resources as Catalysts for Change
Lopoz emphasizes Mindanao’s strategic position as a trailblazer in the transition to renewable energy, boasting abundant natural resources. The region stands ready to harness clean energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower, signaling a shift towards a more sustainable and resilient energy future.