Averting a looming crisis

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Philippine Star

Buried under the rubble of the raging pandemic is a potential energy disaster the Philippines is in danger of getting itself into. Indonesia, from which the Philippines imported 70 percent of its coal requirements in 2020 and is the world’s biggest thermal coal exporter, ordered a ban on the export of coal last Jan. 1 after its state power utility reported dangerously low inventory levels at its domestic power stations. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has appealed for Indonesia to rescind the ban since this spells doom to countries heavily dependent on coal for power generation. Indonesia, howev…

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