Clean energy advocates in Quezon province have expressed their opposition against the continued operation of coal-fired power plants in the province, and the establishment of new ones.
In early November, the Department of Energy (DOE) said that it will no longer entertain new applications for coal-fired power plants but will allow those already approved to proceed with their construction and operation.
The Power for People Coalition (P4P) and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) recently held protests in the province that were joined by communities and grassroots organizations to call for the cancellation of coal projects for Quezon province that are in the pipeline, claiming these were not yet approved by the DOE.“The Church and communities here will continue to stand together and fight for our right to a clean environment and clean air,” Fr. Warren Puno, convenor of the province-wide environmental group Quezon for Environment (QUEEN) and director of the Ministry of Ecology of the Diocese of Lucena, said in a statement.
Quezon hosts three operating coal-fired power plants with an installed capacity of 2,200 megawatts (MW), and the groups claim more coal plants with 3,600 MW of planned capacity are being eyed to be built in the province. SOVEREIGNPH