Green can bring us gold: renewable energy can bring jobs, cost savings, and money to the Philippines. However, in the Philippines, ordinary citizens, business people, government workers, and even the president, have been bombarded with misinformation about renewable energy for decades. Here are just a few examples of outright untruths, often peddled by polluting industries: “Renewable energy is expensive,” or, “Renewable energy is a pie in the sky dream for tree huggers.” An even more popular misconception: “Coal is cheap.” This report is designed to fight such misleading rhetoric, debunk myths, and provide data-driven, balanced information about renewable energy in the Philippines.
Above all, this report lays out how renewable energy can save the government money, bring jobs to the country, create wealth, expand access to energy for the most vulnerable in poor communities, and foster national energy independence.