Mindanao, Philippines – Facing the dual challenges of rapid industrialization and population growth, Mindanao has set an ambitious target to achieve a 50-percent renewable energy (RE) share in its energy mix by 2030. This goal is a significant leap from the current national target and the island's existing capabilities.
According to Philippines News Agency, chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission, Mindanao already stands at 37 percent in renewable energy generation capacity, surpassing the national target of 35 percent. With a peak demand of 2,167 megawatts (MW) and an installed capacity of 4,570 MW, as per the Department of Energy's 2022 data, Mindanao is the only Philippine Island with excess power capacity. Dimalanta expressed optimism about achieving the 50-percent goal, emphasizing the need for a detailed plan to balance generation, cost, and system requirements.
Jose Raul Saniel, president of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives and general manager of Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative, also sees the 50-percent renewable energy mix as attainable by 2030. He underscored the importance of economic growth and substantial investments in the region to meet future power demands and facilitate the transition from long-term contracts based on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
Mindanao Development Authority Executive Director and Undersecretary Janet Lopoz affirmed that Mindanao is progressing well toward its 50-percent renewable energy goal. Lopoz highlighted the transition to renewable energy as a strategic move to mitigate climate change, unlock new economic opportunities, and ensure energy security. She pointed out Mindanao's abundant natural resources, including solar, wind, and hydropower, as key assets in achieving this ambitious target.