Albay to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2030

Albay Governor Edcel “Grex” Lagman commits to transitioning the province to 100 percent renewable energy (RE) by the year 2030, aiming to mitigate power disruptions during environmental emergencies.

During the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday, February 23, with the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), Lagman is said to be implementing eco-conscious resolutions aimed at bolstering the province’s resilience in the face of climate crises, where it requires dependable electricity sources that do not exacerbate climate issues.

Lagman highlighted the potential of Albay in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal.

“We have more than 10 gigawatts of untapped RE (renewable energy) potential, more than enough for Albay’s energy needs… We intend to share this with other provinces and establish Albay as a hub for renewable energy in Luzon,” Lagman said.

Furthermore, Lagman emphasized that with visionary leadership, inclusive development, sound business and investment models, Albay province will spark an industrial renaissance that benefits all its people.

Meanwhile, Ian Rivera, PMCJ national coordinator, noted Albay’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy before 2030, underscoring their concern for people’s welfare.

Further, he also stressed the need for fossil fuels to peak by 2025 and phase out by 2030 to limit global warming below 1.5°C.

“In the long run, citizens will also enjoy stable and cheaper electricity because RE is not subject to the volatile fossil fuel markets,” Rivera said.

Last October 24, Lagman declared a climate emergency in Albay, calling on local government units to formulate relevant programs and policies. | Kimberly Palenzuela