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Towards climate neutrality and sustainability leadership management.

Antonio A. Ver, November 3, 2022, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, Philippines.


“Wind power, nuclear power, hydropower, solar power, and geothermal are the energy sources with the lowest life-cycle emissions, which include deployment and operations.” (Wikipedia).

How about ocean power using Tidal In-stream Energy Conversion (TISEC) vis-à-vis Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)?

Where’s the focus on Microgrid?

Can we pursue green hydrogen energy and hydrogen fuels which are carbon-free?

What’s the target capacity for LNG-to-CCGT baseload power plants?


The Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) on October 18, 2022, reported the average electricity market price in September for Luzon and Visayas at Php12 per kilowatt hour (kWh) as compared to the previous month’s Php7.26/kWh.

After accounting for all bilateral and spot market transactions, the effective settlement price for September stood at Php9.16/kWh, the highest for the year.

During an online briefing, officials said average demand rose by 1.47 percent or 154 megawatts (MW) to 10,639 MW, while average supply was reduced by 4.73 percent or 675 MW to 13,599MW due to generator outages. (October 24, 2022).

In September, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines declared the Luzon grid under red alert status due to major generation inadequacy. A total of 3,401MW were on unplanned outage, and three generating units had a total deration of 226MW. Derated plants are those that are not operating at full capacity.

Thus, total generation from diesel plants accounted for 220 gigawatt hours (GWh), or 2.9 percent of the generation mix, compared to the production of 93 GWh last August.

For coal power plants, the contribution for September was 4,434 GWh (57.6 percent), natural gas at 1,407 GWh (18.3 percent), geothermal at 772 GWh  (10 percent), hydro plants at 582 GWh (7.6 percent), variable renewable energy resources (solar and wind) at 172 GWh (2.8 percent), biomass plants at 67 GWh (0.9 percent), and battery energy storage systems at 2 GWh (0.03 percent).” (Energy News, October 24, 2022).

In sum, 60% coal is bad for the environment. Despite the promotion of coal as “fuel of choice” and Clean Coal Technologies (CCT) to support medium to heavy industries, economic growth has been sluggish. Worse, the “Philippines power sector is already at full market price with no subsidies.”

Where do we go?

We aggressively push renewables, mainly solar and tidal power. More than engineering and environment, within business paradigms and models, innovation and technologies must be percolated through incubation where the modus vivendi is building an overarch. This has been my mantra since the late 80’s.

Natural gas takes over. However, combustion needs to be mitigated. Can we build 1,800 MW of CCGT baseload power plants from 2022 to 2037? What are the objectives for FSRU and fuel distribution?

How about investing globally?

A very large regional power player “is modifying its current policy to invest only with very large investment funds or large utilities.”

Energies Global Finance positions a Wealth Management Fund to co-invest in the United Kingdom and EU.

We will go to the Gulf Cooperation Council. We will plant a seed in the United Arab Emirates, the fastest growing RE economy in the Gulf. A platform that leverages with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that continues to be driven by Official Development Assistance like the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development can bolster Global Energies Infra up to 5,000 MW of solar power plants in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia.

It is imperative to work cohesively with the ADB-Private Sector Operations Division (PSOD) to expand the region’s RE infrastructure.

The rudiments of the strategy are anchored on creativity in finance and behavioural economics. Permitting and compliance must be sifted. We must know how monies work. We must anticipate how people act and decide on spending.

Next, Energies Global IOT takes action in management to cope with changes in aspects of sustainability and growth in the future of energy.