The generation of electric power in the
Philippines is aimed to attain
self-reliance through availment of
indigenous energy resources to meet the
needs of industrial growth. The
Philippines has several exploitable
geothermal fields located all over the
country. The Geothermal areas presently
in various stages of exploration and
development are of such
magnitude that they can be relied on to
meet a significant portion of the
country's power need.
Large scale geothermal energy for
electric power generation was put onto
operation with the inauguration of two
55-MW geothermal generating units at
Tiwi, Albay in Southern Luzon in 1979.
Another two 55-MW units were added to
the Luzon Grid in the same year from
Banahaw field about 70 kilometers south
of Manila. Last year a total of 220-MW
power was added from the same areas.
This brought to 446-MW of installed
generating capacity from geothermal
energy with 3-MW contributed by the
Tongonan Geothermal pilot plant in
Tongonan, Leyte, Central Philippines and
another 3-MW from Palimpinon-Dauin field
Southern Negros in operation since 1977
and 1980, respectively.
The technical and economic acceptability
of electric power derived from
geothermal energy is competitive with
other sources of energy and is a viable
source of baseload electric power.
Geothermal energy resource development
is being accelerated with a target for
development of six fields by 1985 by
adding Manito and Daklan fields to the
currently developed and producing