Coal remains top electricity source

Coal-fired power plants remain the dominant source of electricity in the country, according to a report by Philippine Star, citing data from the Department of Energy (DOE).  Out of the country’s total installed capacity of 15,610 megawatts (MW) in 2009, coal-run power facilities accounted for a 27.4-percent market share.  Hydroelectric power plants followed with a 21.1-percent contribution.

Oil-fired power plants represented 20.4 percent of the market as their output went down to 3,193 MW from 3,353 MW in 2008.    Other fuels, such as natural gas, geothermal and new renewable energy (RE) sources contributed 18.1 percent, 12.5 percent and 0.41 percent, respectively.