Integrating Renewable Energy through Participative Local Energy Planning
Globally, cities use 75% of the world’s energy, emitting 75% of all its GHG emissions. Yet most cities do not engage directly in planning for their power requirements. Using a participative decentralized multi-stakeholder local energy planning process undertaken in the Philippines’ largest off-grid island, Palawan, and replicated in the province of Occidental Mindoro, that led to a government-and-civil society endorsed Power Development Plan, a city-focused WWF endeavor is underway in the City of Butuan, building on previous engagement with the City Government and local Chamber of Commerce for assessing the impacts of climate change and risks to the urban and peri-urban demographic on key economic activities. This presentation highlighted lessons learned from provincial energy planning that can be used at the city-level to develop the capacity of multi-stakeholder city power development planning groups to harness indigenous renewable energy resources, support clean energy projects and enable knowledge-sharing that make cities liveable.