Toledo to get third coal plant

A THIRD coal-fired power plant is expected to be built in Toledo City in the next two years.

Donna Schmidt

Sadly for the embattled US coal sector, that is Toledo City in the Philippines – not Ohio.

The news comes from the Inquirer News, which reports that an 82 megawatt coal plant will be built in the hinterland village of Daanglungsod, Toledo City, which is located about 50km (about 30 miles) southwest of Cebu City.

Something that will be of little surprise to US coal players, the Inquirer reported the news of the coal plant drew ire from local environmental advocates.

The news organ quotes Philippine Earth Justice Center cofounder Gloria Estenzo-Ramos as saying Toledo City is part of the Tanon Strait Protected Earth Justice Center and as such, coal plants should not be allowed to operated there.

However, energy secretary Jericho Petilla has reportedly welcomed the plant, congratulating both the Toledo City government and Global Business Power Corp for pushing ahead with the project, which is projected to meet Cebu’s energy needs.

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