August 3, 2023
The Climate Reality Philippines completed the Visayas leg of REalTalk, held on 27-30 July 2023 in Ormoc City, Leyte, mobilizing 30 GEOP participants from the academe, local governments, and civil society organizations. The movement-building workshop on renewable energy is organized in partnership with AktivAsia Philippines, a non-profit organization that supports organizers and activists in Asia to win energy campaigns.
REalTalk advances the movement for cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy access in the provinces by supporting entities to switch to 100% renewable energy through GEOP.
“GEOP disrupts the energy landscape that heavily relies on fossil fuels, as it allows entities to source 100% power from renewable energy. GEOP reduces generation charges for its users because generating power from renewable energy is significantly cheaper than from fossil fuels, resulting in savings on electricity costs,” Christian Soqueño, the RE Energize PH Campaign Lead of Climate Reality PH, said.
GEOP advances just renewable energy transition
The Climate Reality Philippines supports the implementation of GEOP across the country through REalTalk to empower and mobilize more campaigners who can champion the movement towards just renewable energy transition.
“We are considering GEOP as a mechanism to advance this movement. We need the public and private entities who perform bulk of industrial and economic operations, to make bigger steps in giving credence to renewable energy,” Nazrin Camille Castro, the Branch Manager of Climate Reality Philippines, emphasized.
Switching local government units and public state university through GEOP
Reports of rotational power outages due to manual load dropping and system disturbances despite electricity rate surges remain in the region. Participants identified GEOP as a game changer that can help address soaring power costs and outages.
Renewable energy, compared to imported fossil fuels, has cheaper generation charges because they are domestically abundant. Renewable energy suppliers participating in GEOP offer cheaper electricity prices compared to average generation charges set by distribution utilities.
Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant, registered as a renewable energy supplier under Green Core Geothermal Inc., revealed that their generation rates are at P4.00/kWh, which is significantly lower than the over P10.00 – P18.00/kWh charges from distribution utilities in the region, as shared by the participants.
REalTalk is a training program focused on raising energy literacy and building a movement on just transition to renewable energy. The last cohort is slated for September this year in Cagayan de Oro City.