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DOE eyes to require efficient
technology for coal-fired plants

MANILA -- The Department of Energy plans to require efficient technology for coal-fired power plants to reduce their carbon emissions.

"While we still allow coal plants, it should have the latest technology that could reduce emissions," Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada said.

Monsada said that the department will meet with coal-fired power plant operators to present their agenda for more strict standards on carbon emissions and fuel quality.

She noted the operators should have a storage for coal, as the current conditions show that the fuel is often uncovered, which leads to scattered dust.

The proposal will likely be included in the Power Development Plan. It will also categorize power plants into baseload, mid-merit and peaking, including the quantity of each type per location.

She further said this will benefit natural gas and renewable energy players to have competitive prices for the competitive selection process, which requires the least-cost offers for power rates.

Monsada also stressed the quantity of power plant types will correct itself.

"If you have a lot of baseload power plants already, you can't build more because it's not easy to turn on and off," she said.

Coal-fired power plants usually ramp up in a number of days to reach a certain capacity for power production.

DOE Director IV Irma Exconde said the impact to power prices, however, will still have to be reviewed by the department.*PNA

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