Greenpeace: Coal is no answer to Mindanao power woes

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MANILA, Philippines—Greenpeace said the uptake of coal-fired technology was not the solution to the “looming power crisis” in Mindanao, as it urged government to reconsider its renewable energy options.

“Coal is the worst answer to the Mindanao power situation,” Beau Baconguis, Greenpeace program manager for the Philippines, said in a statement.

“It’s a short-term, short-sighted solution. It will compromise the island’s agricultural productivity, cause health problems for nearby communities, and will also lead to water shortages in the future,” she said.

Greenpeace reiterated its appeal to President Benigno Aquino III to “usher in” clean, green renewable energy and reject harmful coal plants. The environment group’s call came amid reports of an impending power crisis in Mindanao, based on a study released last week by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Current Department of Energy plans for Mindanao are designed to promote the uptake of coal power, and several coal-fired plants are set to be operational by 2015, according to Greenpeace.

But coal and its negative side effects will only worsen Mindanao’s power woes in the long run, as opposed to renewable energy, which is good for the environment and business, Baconguis said.

Mindanao, which relies on hydro-electric power, faces energy shortages during the dry season due to lower water levels in its lakes and rivers, Greenpeace noted.

“However, coal-fired power plants are huge water guzzlers. The 300 megawatt plant being built by Aboitiz Power in Davao City is located on top of an aquifer in Binugao, Toril.”

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  • catmanjohn

    What is most disappointing is that the Aquino administration is pandering to the powerful oligarchs who have invested their fortunes in these unhealthy coal burning power plants. The cycle of corruption that he has trumpeted against is slowly creeping back into the air we breathe.
    The sooner the Philippines adopts a ambitious green energy program, even producing their own solar panels, recycling waste for energy, which there is plenty of, the better. Unfortunately, certain unclean energy sources would have to still be utilized until that perfect day comes. 

    • http://on.fb.me/16z14Nv Angel Divera

      I think you need to wake up!

      • catmanjohn

        What aspects of the issues should I wake up to?

  • http://on.fb.me/16z14Nv Angel Divera

    Unfortunately there is no other choice. There are no more big rivers that can possibly run turbines enough to feed the power hungry Mindanao as Industrialization looms. As you can see even Maria Cristina Power Turbine is not effective anymore specially during summer or drought. 

    Best Solution is Nuclear power.

  • TagaMlang

    Nuclear Power Plant is the answer to the Philippine’s very expensive rates and power shortages. Fossil Fuel Power Plants  will never be the solution to our expensive rates, and if we insist on Fossil Fuel Power Plants, our electric rates will continue to go up and we will never be competitive.

    There are about 600 Nuclear Power Plants worldwide, with USA having the most with about 126.  China has 3 operating right now, and they are building 8 more.  Taiwan has 6 operating right now, and they are building 2 more.  South Korea has 18, Japan has 58, India has 14, UK has 23, France has 25, Germany has 21, Canada has 19, and Switzerland has 5.

    Of these Nuclear Power Plants, there were only 3 major disasters in the last 6 decades;  Chernobyl in Russia, Three-Mile Island in the USA and Fukushima in Japan.

    Nuclear Power Plants have newer, better and safer technologies now.  It is the cleanest and cheapest source of Electric Power. It does not emit greenhouse gases which cause global warming and climate change.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

      OK AND DO THE PRODDING TO GREENPEACE/BACONGUIS. MAYBE THEY HAVE THE MEANS TO BUILD ONE OR TWO. THANKS

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    BEAU BACONGUIS: WHERE DO YO LIVE? HAVE YOU TRIED LIVING IN A CITY SMALLER THAN DAVAO CITY, LIKE GENERALSANTOS CITY? HOW WOULD YOU REACT TO A NIGHTLY BROWN OUT OR BLACK OUT THAT LASTS 4-6 HRS. AND ANOTHER DAILY 4-6 HRS. OF THE SAME? 

    NOW, PLS BE SPECIFIC ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY. HOW MUCH IT COSTS, VIABILITY, ECONOMICS! OR BETTER GREENPEACE PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

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