National Renewable Energy Program (NREP)Under the state’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), the DOE seeks to increase the RE-power based capacity of the country to 15,304 MW by year 2030, or three times the 2010 capacity-level. On a per technology basis, the NREP seeks a 75% increase in geothermal capacity, 160% increase in hydropower capacity, 277 MW additional capacity in biomass power, wind power “grid parity” with the commissioning of 2,345 MW additional wind capacity, an additional 248 MW of solar power capacity (plus an “aspirational” solar target of 1,528 MW of additional capacity), and to developing the first ocean energy facility for the country. As a critical milestone to meeting these targets, 2,155 MW of additional capacity must be installed by 2015, according to the NREP.Energy Plan 2012-2030The Energy Plan 2012-2030, which the DOE launched in December 2012, lays down the roadmap for future demand and capacity addition plans. As per the plan, the current installed capacity in the country of about 16,250 MW is expected to go up to 25,800 MW (an increase of about 60% by 2030). Specifically, the objectives of the Plan are as follows:expand energy accesspromote a low-carbon economyclimate-proof the energy sectordevelop regional energy planspromote investments in the energy sectoridentify and implement energy sector reforms.These policy objectives are supported by specific quantifiable targets to be achieved by the end of 2030, the most prominent of which include:triple renewable energy capacity by 2030;achieve 90% household electrification by 2017 and 100% energisation at “sitio” level (an administrative-territorial category in the Philippines) by 2015;have 30% of all public utility vehicles running on alternative fuels;implement a higher blend of biofuels; and,achieve 10% energy savings on total energy demandThe Philippines Department of Energy has put forward long-term energy plan targets through its National Renewable Energy Program, aiming to triple its renewable energy capacity base to 15,304 MW by 2030. More specifically, these targets are differentiated by technology, and include hydro (8,724 MW), geothermal (3,461 MW) and wind (2,378 MW). This would signify an increase in renewable energy capacity of 9, 865.3 MW, increasing the total shares of hydro by 5,394.1 MW, geothermal by 1,495 MW, and wind by 2,345 MW, based on 2010 figures.The Philippines has implemented minimum energy performance standards for air conditioners, compact fluorescent lamps, and linear fluorescent lamps, and plans to expand the capacities for testing laboratories for televisions, washing machines, and refrigerating equipment. Various initiatives related to energy savings in the residential and commercial sectors have been successful; examples include the ADB-led phase-out of incandescent lamps, the IFC-supported efficient lighting initiative program, the GEF/UNDP-supported efficient lighting market transformation program, and the government energy management program.The passage of the Biofuels Act of 2006 (RA 9367), was a major policy leap toward harnessing the economy’s domestic alternative energy resources.The introduction of alternative fuels in the Philippines provides a feasible option for minimizing the effects of continuous increases in the price of crude oil in the world market, and of worsening environmental conditions. In implementing the Act, the DOE, under its Biofuels Programme, accredited a total of 13 biofuel producers (nine for biodiesel and four for bioethanol) in 2011.The biofuels programme of the Philippines hopes to create market awareness for alternative energy projects in collaboration with various industry stakeholders. In addition, as the transport sector accounts for the greatest share of demand in the economy’s total consumption, it plans to pursue efforts to forge partnerships with academic and research institutions to conduct on-road performance and durability tests for a higher biofuels blend for vehicles.