More power plants in Mindanao

Businesses and households in Mindanao and other part of the country will face serious power shortages in the coming years if no new power plants will be constructed and commissioned. The commissioning of four new power plants within the next five years in Mindanao to produce at least 400 MW  from one power company alone is good news.

To be built and commissioned in Mindanao alone, among others, are the following: a 200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Maasin, Sarangani; another coal-fired plant with a capacity of 100 MW in Zamboanga City; and two hydroelectric plants, 17 MW and 30 MW, in Sarangani. See the news report today here.

The opponents of coal power plants for environmental reasons should reconsider their position. Regular power outages kill businesses, which kill job creation, which contributes to more unemployment and more poverty. Most coal plants these days have modern features that reduce their polluting emissions.

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