Owning the sun

2020-09-21T19:20:22+08:0019 Sep 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifting the 60/40 equity yoke on Renewable Energy investments, as advocated by DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, sparks an interesting debate on the ownership limits for RE. By Pedro Maniego Jr. | Published in Business Mirror - September 19, 2020 I’M looking at allowing 100-percent investment or ownership in renewables.” Energy Secretary Alfonso [...]

NGO reacts to Duterte statement that coal to be used for 30 more years, solar still not feasible

2020-07-22T18:09:25+08:0014 Jul 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

MANILA, 14 July 2020 – In a recorded speech aired this morning, President Rodrigo Duterte told military troops in Jolo yesterday he was “ready to open the borders” for trade, including for “big time coal.” He added that “coal will be used for the next 30 years” and solar technology is still unsustainable.Reacting to this statement, [...]

Is coal dying, or dead, in the Philippines?

2020-03-09T10:52:28+08:0025 Feb 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reposted from BusinessMirror, read original article here. By Viking Logarta & Sara Jane Ahmed Yes to the first, and a nuanced no to the second. President Duterte said in his State of the Nation Address last year: “We recognize the urgent need to ensure the sustainability and availability of resources, and the development of alternative [...]

Duterte’s SONA call for renewable energy confirms PH energy transition underway

2019-07-23T11:10:10+08:0022 Jul 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities REACTIVE: Duterte’s SONA call for renewable energy confirms PH energy transition underway MANILA, 22 July 2019 — Reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements in his fourth State of the Nation Address today calling for “to fast-track renewable energy resources to reduce the country’s dependence on traditional energy sources such [...]

Japan seeks climate leadership at G-20 summit but can’t kick its coal habit

2019-07-01T17:09:57+08:0028 Jun 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Simon Denyer (Published June 27 in The Washington Post) TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to burnish his green credentials. Japan, he said, will exercise “firm leadership” on climate change at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week, with a focus on “disruptive innovation” that generates economic growth. It also was [...]

Consumers should not pay the price for risky coal deals

2019-03-12T12:02:16+08:0019 Feb 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sara Jane Ahmed Note: This commentary originally appeared in Business World. The rapid drop in the cost of renewable energy has opened new possibilities in energy systems around the world, including the Philippines. Coal has become toxic, both in terms of its high cost to consumers and the negative financial consequences for banks and investors. In [...]

Policy group backs Senate’s P0.10/kg coal tax hike proposal for TRAIN

2019-03-07T12:46:50+08:0005 Dec 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

MANILA, 5 December 2017 – The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) today called on Congress to adopt the former’s proposed coal tax hike of P0.10 per kilogram in the bicameral conference committee for the tax reform bill. The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to tackle today the increase in the excise tax [...]