Green Alert Negros yesterday slammed the planned construction of a coal-fired power plant in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
GAN, in a press statement, called for a halt to the plan saying a coal fired-power plant in Negros is not and will never be an option in response to the claimed power crisis by Department of Energy.
The proposed energy project is in conflict to Republic Act 9513 or the “Renewable Energy Act of 2008”, which is considered as a landmark law on renewable energy in the world, it said.
“While other global leaders are moving forward by shifting to cleaner energy options as a response to mitigate the impacts of climate change, it seems Filipino politicians like Mayor Patrick Escalante are moving backward by embracing a backward energy option like a coal-fired power plant”, Jun-jun Mojica of GAN said.
Negros has an abundant source of renewable energy like wind, hydro and solar, and there are numerous investors interested in renewable energy in Negros, he added.
GAN warned of environmental, health and political repercussions if a coal-fired power plant is built.*