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October 09, 2015, Friday
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  • Coloma says Pres. Aquino cannot yet certify as urgent the proposed BBL since it is still in the period of interpellation. 16 hours ago |
  • Arroyo to file her COC next week as she intends to run for 3rd & final term in Pampanga’s 2nd district. 16 hours ago |
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  • Policeman killed in an ambush in Marawi City on Wednesday night. 21 hours ago |
  • Comelec & Smartmatic-TIM to hold review of source code for 2016 elections in the first week of Jan. 2016 21 hours ago |
  • Arroyo to file new petition for bail at Sandiganbayan & will use UN Working Group’s report as basis. 21 hours ago |
  • DOJ cites US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty as basis for participation of U.S. troops in Mamasapano operation. 21 hours ago |
  • DOJ says U.S. troops who participated in Oplan Exodus did not violate the PH constitution. 21 hours ago |
  • DOJ says U.S. troops’ participation in Mamasapano clash was limited to intelligence work & monitoring & not actual combat. 21 hours ago |
  • DOJ confirms U.S. troops’ participation in Oplan Exodus launched the Mamasapano operations last Jan. 25. 21 hours ago |
  • Palace does not see Enrile’s call for full plenary debates on Mamasapano encounter as an attack vs. Aquino gov’t. 21 hours ago |
  • Singer and comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey passes away at 83. 22 hours ago |
  • Businessman Cedric Lee pays P 20K bail at Court of Tax Appeals in connection with the tax evasion case filed vs. him by DOJ. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile says the death of SAF 44 must not be taken lightly. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Enrile seeks a full plenary discussion on the Senate committee report on Mamasapano encounter. 22 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima says they have legal basis to detain Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Miriam Santiago says some society leaders are urging her to run for president & she can rise to the occasion. 22 hours ago |
  • DOJ: No witnesses that can identify who killed the 9 Seaborne Commandos that attacked suspected Malaysian terrorist Marwan’s hut. 22 hours ago |
  • DOJ: 9 Seaborne Commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut were killed in an area away from cornfield in Tukanalipao where 35 SAF members died. 22 hours ago |
  • DOJ: No respondents can be charged for the death of 9 members of 84th Seaborne Commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut during Mamasapano clash 23 hours ago |
  • 5-man UN Working Group urges PH gov’t to review Arroyo’s bail petition based on int’l human rights standards. 23 hours ago |
  • UN Working Group cites international law as basis for finding Arroyo’s continued detention illegal. 23 hours ago |
  • UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declares Arroyo’s detention at VMMC arbitrary & illegal. 23 hours ago |
  • Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits Masbate & parts of Sorsogon. 23 hours ago |
  • 1 person dies & 3 are rescued as boat capsizes in Taal Lake in Talisay, Batangas. 23 hours ago |
  • Armed men abduct an Italian in Dipolog City. 23 hours ago |
  • Road mishap involving a truck & 9 motorcycles occurs at Commonwealth Ave near Tandang Sora flyover in QC. 23 hours ago |
  • Fire in Barangay Lipunan, Quezon City now under control. 23 hours ago |

Geothermal output to rise 75% by 2030

By Alena Mae S. Flores | Jul. 03, 2013 at 12:01am
The Energy Department plans to expand the country’s geothermal power capacity by 1,445 megawatts by 2030 with total potential investments of P325.125 billion.

Renewable Energy Management Bureau director Mario Marasigan said in a forum the additional geothermal capacity target represented a 75-percent increase to the current installed capacity of 1,848 MW.

Visayas currently has the highest installed capacity with 915 MW. Luzon has 824 MW while Mindanao has 108 MW of geothermal energy.

Marasigan said the bulk of the new capacity, or 1,160 MW, is expected to be added between 2015 and 2020, with the additional geothermal installation target  entailing investments of around P261 billion.

New geothermal areas will account for 930 MW between 2015 and 2020, while the  expansion of existing fields is expected to contribute 230 MW.

Marasigan expects the installation of 50 MW of additional capacity from 2013 to 2015 with investments of P11.25 billion.

Committed geothermal projects to date include the 20-MW Maibarara in 2013 and the 30-MW Nasulo in 2014.

The department aims to add 155 MW from 2020 to 2025 with projected investments of P34.875 billion and 80 MW from 2025 to 2030 worth P18 billion.

Marasigan said geothermal energy was staging a comeback with new fields being developed and existing areas gearing up for expansion.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla stressed the need for a robust and diverse power supply mix.

He said while the country’s electricity supply is dominated by coal-fired power projects because of the relatively low price of the fuel and the comparatively shorter time to put up such plants, renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal are still viable supply sources.

Petilla said the department does not favor any particular type of fuel or source  but the government wants to ensure a sustained and balanced power supply.

Petilla said the government was focused on solving the short-term power supply problem in Mindanao. The island is poised to obtain around 1,000 MW of new supply from 2015 to 2016 with the completion of several new power projects in Davao and Sarangani.

Petilla said he “foresees more renewable energy projects to come on-stream next.”

Philippine Geothermal Production Company Inc. president Tony Yee, meanwhile, said his company was encouraged by the enthusiasm from the department and the support it gives to developers and investors.
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