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August 01, 2015, Saturday
  • Passenger’s disruptive behavior in Cebupac plane from Dubai forced the crew to make an emergency landing in India. 10 hours ago |
  • Crew of PH-bound Cebu Pacific plane made a Filipino passenger alight from the aircraft after causing commotion & bomb scare. 10 hours ago |
  • Enrile attends Sandiganbayan hearing on pork barrel scam. 10 hours ago |
  • DFA to file third diplomatic protest against Canada over trash. 10 hours ago |
  • Magnitude 3.4 quake jolts Sultan Kudarat. 10 hours ago |
  • DPWH to conduct road reblocking in parts of Quezon City & Pasig at 10 pm Friday. 10 hours ago |
  • UNA admits Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas has weight. 10 hours ago |
  • Binay visits communities in Cavite. 10 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas had been dilly-dallying on his presidential candidacy prior to Aquino’s endorsement. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe hopes the 2016 election campaign will be about discussions on reforms. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe congratulates Mar Roxas for getting Pres. Aquino’s endorsement. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe thanks Pres. Aquino for considering her as among those who can continue his administration’s programs. 10 hours ago |
  • Roxas on serving gov’t: “Ibubuhos ko ang lahat. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas to the Filipino people: “Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas on Pres. Aquino: “Pnoy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Ako si Mar Roxas at tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng daang matuwid.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas to Aquino: “I have never met a president who sacrificed so much for the country.” 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas’ voice breaks as he remembers his brother Dinggoy’s memory. 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas says it was his brother Dinggoy who died in 1993 who should have taken on the legacy of serving government. 15 hours ago |
  • Roxas: Dito sa Club Filipino ko unang sinabing “Bayan, bago ang sarili.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Ang magtutuloy sa atin sa Daang Matuwid, ang paniwala ko po, walang iba ang taong ito kundi si Mar Roxas.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Bakit tayo magpapaakit sa ‘baka,’ kung meron namang sigurado?” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “All of us have the obligation to choose the right President.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino recalls Fmr. Sen. Joker Arroyo used to compare his group as a gathering of people who could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. 16 hours ago |
  • Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado at Club Filipino praises the peace that Aquino gov’t has put in place in his town. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas enter Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino. 16 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino includes testimonials from Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program’s beneficiaries. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s convoy arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan. 16 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a residential area in Laong Laan, Sampaloc, Manila. 16 hours ago |
  • Road in front of Club Filipino in San Juan currently closed to motorists. 16 hours ago |
  • Liberal Party calls the jam-packed event at Club Filipino ‘A Gathering of Friends.’ 16 hours ago |
  • LP Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino & TG Guingona as well as DBM Sec. Butch Abad among those present at Club Filipino. 16 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino where LP’s event is being held is also where Cory Aquino had taken her oath as PH President. 17 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino is where Roxas had announced that he was giving way to Aquino for 2010 polls. 17 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan with wife Korina Sanchez. 17 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino in San Juan for Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas’ presidential candidacy begins at 10:30 am Friday. 17 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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