Danilo Suarez: Proposed Atimonan plant to use technology to clean coal emissions
Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez called on those who oppose the proposed 1,200-megawatt capacity power plant in Atimonan to consider its benefits.
The Quezon politiko said there is already technology to clean coal emissions.
“While we do not disregard the environmental concerns, we cannot be paralyzed by this fear. Technology is available to clean coal emissions,” he said.
“The power plant in Atimonan, to our understanding, is an ultra supercritical power plant. They are the first to utilize HELE—high efficiency, low emissions technology,” Suarez added.
He also said Filipinos must be realistic with regards to the establishment of a renewable energy infrastructure in the country.
“Reality check. The transition to an entirely renewable energy structure will take time. An acceptable interim is to allow construction and operation of power plants that produce cheap energy and utilize clean technology. To us, this is a win-win situation as we take steps to implement a 100-percent renewable energy system,” Suarez said.
“I urge our government officials to have an open mind and consider practical solutions, particularly in light of the rising cost of energy and power shortages experienced in our country. Projects such as the Atimonan Power Plant should be allowed, having guaranteed that these take into consideration the energy needs of the country without compromising strict environmental standards,” he added.
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