Philippine company banks on green energy to fight global climate change

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Posted at Apr 25 2018 11:54 AM | Updated as of Apr 25 2018 04:23 PM

A local power-generating company has focused on growing its resources to further its goal of providing clean energy to Filipinos.

In an episode of ANC's Green Living, First Gen Corp featured its use of renewable energy, instead of traditional coal, to generate electricity.

A subsidiary of the First Philippine Holdings Corp (FPH), one of the oldest and biggest conglomerates in the country, First Gen shared its use of diverse renewable energy sources that include natural gas, geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar.

Situated in various municipalities in Batangas City, the First Gen Clean Energy Complex serves as a home to the first large green energy and power-generating company in the Philippines. 

"We focus on technologies that have low carbon, are low polluting, including what we have here (in First Gen complex) which is natural gas, and also renewable energy like geothermal," said Francis Giles Puno, president of First Gen.

Energy Development Corporation (EDC), located in Leyte Geothermal Field, is also in charge of one of First Gen's geothermal power plants. 

It is known as the Philippine's largest generator of geothermal energy, and is the world's largest vertically-integrated geothermal company. 

According to Puno, EDC generates over 1,100 megawatts of geothermal capacity. 

Despite being a third world country, Puno said that the Philippines is "world famous" for its geothermal operations. 

"Geothermal is a great source of renewable energy. It competes against coal today, already," he said. 

To date, First Gen's operations are capable of supplying electricity to one out of five light bulbs in every Filipino home. 

Watch the full episode here:

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