Philippines shows potential for 21GW of offshore wind by 2040

A new roadmap released April 20 by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the World Bank Group (WBG) shows that the Philippines has potential to install 21GW of offshore wind power with the right long-term vision, infrastructure development, investment, and policies.

The Philippines Offshore Wind Roadmap charts out the potential for developing a robust offshore wind industry in the Philippines in two potential scenarios. The low growth scenario provides a roadmap for installing offshore wind at levels in line with the DOE’s national renewable energy program, and the high growth scenario provides a roadmap for installing much higher levels that could be sufficient to drive competition, investments, and more cost reduction.

Analysis of the low growth scenario suggests that the Philippines has the potential to install 3GW of offshore wind by 2040, making up 3 percent of the country’s electricity supply. Analysis of the high growth scenario shows the potential to install 21GW making up 21 percent of its electricity supply.

“The Philippines has a rapidly growing demand for power,” said DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi. “It is clear from this roadmap that offshore wind can play a major role in meeting our country’s energy demand indigenously, while also accelerating decarbonization.”

According to Jie Tang, WB Energy Practice Manager for East Asia and Pacific Region, the Philippines has 178 GW of technical offshore wind potential. “Our analysis of the high growth scenario suggests that offshore wind power could create thousands of jobs by 2040, as well as provide billions in local gross value added to the economy in the Philippines.” said Tang.

Ndiamé Diop, the World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, said that with roadmap, the Philippines is taking its first step towards building an offshore wind industry and contribute to national energy security and the global efforts to mitigate climate change. 

“The Philippines’ waters have conditions that are well-suited to offshore wind. This abundant, indigenous energy resource offers an opportunity for the Philippines to boost energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase renewable energy supply,” he added.

“While there may be challenges along the way, continuing forward with this collaboration and dialogue between the DOE and all stakeholders, and setting a long-term vision for industry growth will help overcome these challenges and deliver significant benefits to the country for decades to come,” said WBG Offshore Wind Development Program co-lead, Mark Leybourne.

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