The main objective of B-LEADERS, a project funded by USAid is to strengthen cooperation with the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and its key partners to plan, design, and implement low emission development strategies (LEDS) in support of the joint US-GPH LEDS work plan. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is the project’s political partner, and is part of the Project Board. Its Implementing Partner is the Department of Energy (DOE) . B-LEADERS supported CCC, DOE, and other agencies in preparing a National Energy Policy Review (NEPR), which adopts a whole-of-nation vision of long-term decarbonization of the energy
sector in line with the NDCs. B-LEADERS also conducted a revalidation of the assumptions and the calculations underlying the
updated Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) as requested by DOE. Nationwide renewable energy (RE) resource assessments have also been carried out by B-LEADERS to provide information to renewable energy () investors, developers, and government agencies on the sites where RE resources are most available. In cooperation with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the project developed a Geospatial Toolkit, which featured an online and map-based software application that integrates resource data and other geographic information systems (GIS) data for integrated resource assessment. This includes the wind prospector, which includes assessment of more economically viable wind potential closer to loads and infrastructure. The project also implemented mitigation initiatives such as the Green
Building Code in Mandaue City, and the rooftop solar projects in Iloilo City. B-LEADERS also supported initiatives in developing smart grid systems by successfully installing smart
resiliency and monitoring equipment for Bohol Light Company, Incorporated (BLCI) and Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO), B-LEADERS provided assistance in the development of the 25.5-
kilowatt (kW) power system in Green Island, Palawan, which was considered the pioneer facility for a full RE hybrid system in the country composed of solar, wind, and biomass components. The
project also extended support to Isla Verde in Batangas City, where it helped establish the island’s first solar-powered micro-grid system in partnership with Batangas City, In Mindanao, B-LEADERS supported MinDA with the Mindanao Water-Energy Nexus Study to: (1) provide a basis for considering hydropower as a mitigation action in the energy sector and (2) determine how the changing climate could impact Mindanao Island’s future water and energysupply. The study analyzed the impacts of climate projections and other parameters on the region’s hydroelectric power generation, specifically in the Agus-Ranao River Basin. The initiative is now being carried forward to support the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) in developing the National Water Security Roadmap and in looking at water-energy-food nexus initiatives.