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Electricity Sector Planning for the Philippine islands: Considering Centralized and Decentralized Supply Options (Bertheau, Cader 2019)4. June 2019
Implementing renewable energy on Philippine islands is essential for sustainable development.
Electric cooperatives play a key role to provide renewable energy to marginalized and remote
communities not profiting from private sector interest. However, a low-carbon transformation of
energy systems implies political, economic, technical, and societal risks and uncertainties. Here,
we investigate those faced by the Romblon Electric Cooperative (ROMELCO) in installing one of
the Philippines’ first off-grid, hybrid energy system in the small and remote island of Cobrador.
We apply a transdisciplinary mixed methods approach including expert interviews, surveys, and
focus group discussions. We identify the most serious implementation risk faced by ROMELCO as
the discontinuity between the policy pronouncement and implementation practice. We contribute
with an analysis of ROMELCO’s actions to address the complex bundle of implementation
policies and programs for a wider replication and scaling up of cooperative based power supply.