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Electricity Sector Planning for the Philippine islands: Considering Centralized and Decentralized Supply Options (Bertheau, Cader 2019)
4. June 2019

Challenges for implementing renewable energy in a cooperative driven off grid system in the Philippines (Bertheau et al. 2019)

Paul Bertheau, Josefine Dionisio, Clara Jütte and Clarisse Aquino

Published in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions , March 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.

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