US to help PH tap clean energy

WIND ENERGY (Standing, from left) US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Loss Carlson, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken,Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez and Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella witness the signing ceremony for the American government’s grant to Aboitiz Renewables Inc. for a feasibility study on a wind energy project held at Ayala Triangle in Makati City on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The pact signed by Enoh Ebong (seated, left), director of the US Trade and Development Agency, and David Aboitiz, ARI vice president for commercial strategy, sales and engagement, will help identify potential project sites and provide technical and economic analysis to deploy up to 3 gigawatts of offshore wind turbine generation projects to power more than two million homes and meet growing energy demand. PNA PHOTO

WIND ENERGY (Standing, from left) US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Loss Carlson, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken,Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez and Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella witness the signing ceremony for the American government’s grant to Aboitiz Renewables Inc. for a feasibility study on a wind energy project held at Ayala Triangle in Makati City on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The pact signed by Enoh Ebong (seated, left), director of the US Trade and Development Agency, and David Aboitiz, ARI vice president for commercial strategy, sales and engagement, will help identify potential project sites and provide technical and economic analysis to deploy up to 3 gigawatts of offshore wind turbine generation projects to power more than two million homes and meet growing energy demand. PNA PHOTO

THE Philippines and the United States have agreed to collaborate in tapping clean energy, including nuclear power.

In a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said the two countries agreed “to flesh out further opportunities for enhanced cooperation that would support efforts to promote resilient supply chains, health systems and infrastructures, as well as opportunities to collaborate in marine resource1 management and clean energy, particularly nuclear energy.”

He said these initiatives will be done bilaterally and “within the context of the United States-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework where the Philippines is a country partner.”

Blinken said that as part of his itinerary, he visited the Clean Energy Fair in Makati City which will “lay the groundwork for one of the first offshore wind power [projects] in the Philippines.”

“This is the latest in a long line of clean energy collaborations between us because clean energy is vital for economic growth, is vital for innovation, and of course is vital for responding to the climate crisis,” he said.

Blinken in a later tweet said that after meeting with inspiring entrepreneurs, “I reaffirmed our commitment to help the Philippines as it transitions to clean energy.”

He said the US Department of Agriculture on Saturday signed a grant agreement with its Philippine counterpart “to enable the Philippines to explore more offshore wind power.”

The Office of the Spokesperson of the US State Department said that Washington and Manila are set to “collaborate closely with one another on nuclear and clean energy.”

It noted that in March, the US and the Philippines signed the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation which sets up a framework for cooperation and a mutually aligned approach to nonproliferation on civil nuclear issues.

It added that the US also provided assistance to the Philippines through “our Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (First) program which deepens our strategic ties, supports energy innovation, and advances our technical collaboration with the Philippines on secure, safe nuclear energy infrastructure.”

The US Agency for International Development has allotted $34 million for its Energy Secure Philippines (ESP) program “to support a more competitive, secure, and resilient Philippine energy sector by working to improve the performance and efficiency of energy utilities, deploy renewable energy systems, enhance competition in the power sector, and bolster energy sector cybersecurity.”

“The ESP will help raise over $750 million in private sector investment to develop at least 500 megawatts of additional clean energy generation capacity,” it said.

The US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resource1s (ENR) Clean Energy Demand Initiative and the Philippine government had signed a Letter of Intent to adopt policy principles with 12 companies who are interested in investing up to $2.1 billion in the country's clean power infrastructure.

ENR is also supporting responsible and sound mining sector development in the Philippines through its Energy Resource1 Governance Initiative, which promotes resilient and diverse critical mineral supply chains for clean energy technologies.

Likewise, ENR is working with the Philippines in developing its geothermal resource1s through the Geothermal Development Initiative.

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has funded activities ranging from smart grids, renewable power generation, distributed energy, and energy storage systems to help the Philippines optimize resource1s, strengthen markets, and build resilient energy systems.

The USTDA has completed 33 energy projects for the Philippines that have been credited by US companies with generating over $557 million in US exports.

Manalo also said he and Blinken touched on the very foundation of Philippine-US partnership — “our common values and shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.”

“Recognizing that democracy, whether in the Philippines or the US, will always be a work in progress, we agreed to maintain open lines of communication for discussing human rights issues,” he said.

Manalo has designated Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ma. Theresa Lazaro as the Philippine representative to the Focal Group preparing for the second US-led Summit for Democracy to be hosted by President Joe Biden in early 2023.

“Our request made to our American partners is to actively contribute to cultivating a constructive environment, within the UN Human Rights Council,” he said.

“Recognizing the importance of financial and technical assistance to support national institutions in the areas of human rights, I urged Secretary Blinken to support Philippine work in the UN Joint Program,” Manalo said.

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