Geothermal Energy Development In The Philippines- An Overview

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Journal Article: Geothermal Energy Development In The Philippines- An Overview

The Philippines is the third largest producer of geothermal electricity after the United States of America and Mexico. Geothermal exploration was started in 1962, and the first large commercial power plants came on-line in 1979 in two fields. By 1984, four geothermal fields had a combined installed capacity of 890 MWe and in these plants supplied about 20% of the country's electric needs. Geothermal energy development was stimulated in the mid-1970s by the oil crisis and rapidly growing power demand, government support, available foreign funding, and a combination of private and government investment and technical expertise. However, no new geothermal capacity has been added since 1984, despite the growing demand for energy and the continuing uncertainty in the supply of crude oil. The Philippines' geothermal capacity is expected to expand by 270-1100 MWe by the end of 1999. Factors that will affect the rate growth in this decade include suitable legislation, environmental requirements, financing, degree of private involvement, politics, inter-island electric grid connections, and viability of the remaining prospects.

David Sussman, Samson P. Javellana and Pio J. Benavidez

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Geothermics, Date Not Provided



David Sussman,Samson P. Javellana,Pio J. Benavidez. . Geothermal Energy Development In The Philippines- An Overview. Geothermics. (!) .