The Climate Change Commission facilitated a national policy review and framework development on energy pursuant to Commission Resolution No. 2016-001, entitled “Development of a Clear Policy on Coal-Fired Power Plants in Pursuit of a Low Carbon Development Pathway for the Philippines” (18 May 2016).

The resolution further stresses the importance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Energy (DOE) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in paving the way for low-carbon development pathway. To wit:

DOE to initiate and coordinate discussions and harmonize policies and regulations on new and existing coal-fired power plants to be reflected in the Philippine Energy Plan;

DENR to ensure the incorporation of the measurement and mitigation of GHG emissions in the development and review process for the Environmental Impact Statements of coal-fired plants; and

NEDA to prioritize the mainstreaming of low carbon development and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in the formulation of all national and local development plans.

Consequently, the CCC drafted the inception report highlighting the ten (10) important aspects of the Philippine energy transition. The identified aspects are clustered in the following:

I.   Integrated Energy System Planning

1. National Energy Vision and Electricity Mix Scenarios

2. Grid Expansion Planning

3. Energy Access in Rural Areas

  1. Renewable Energy Development

4. Renewable Energy Permitting Process

5. Renewable Energy Support Schemes

6. Defining “Least Cost” Electricity

7. Integrating Fluctuating Wind and Solar Power

III.  Energy Efficiency

8. Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency

IV. Conventional Electricity Generation Technologies

9. Establishing and Implementing Regulations to Decrease Environmental Pollution of Coal Power Plants

10. Conventional Generation Technologies for Changing Operational Requirements