Managing the Energy Trilemma in the Philippines

ASOG WORKING PAPER 20-001

36 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020

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Aaron Joseph P. Gabriola

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Chrysogonus F. Herrera

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Date Written: January 1, 2020

Abstract

The transition to an energy mix with lower carbon emissions is hampered by the existence of the so-called energy trilemma. The primary consequence is a trade-off between various objectives of energy policy, e.g. equity and sustainability. This paper proposes a framework and methodology to manage the trilemma by applying methods related to multi-criteria decision making to assign weights to the various components of the trilemma. However, an expanded concept of energy security is adopted which translates to a version of the trilemma different from that of the World Energy Council. This study takes into account autarky, price, supply and carbon emissions. The values are generated by a software called PLEXOS and are incorporated in a welfare function. Policy options can be ranked using the values generated by the welfare function. In this manner, the trilemma can be managed even if it is not resolved.

Keywords: energy trilemma, energy security, equity, sustainability, multi-criteria decision making, welfare function

Suggested Citation

T. Yap, Josef and Gabriola, Aaron Joseph and Herrera, Chrysogonus, Managing the Energy Trilemma in the Philippines (January 1, 2020). ASOG WORKING PAPER 20-001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3516435 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3516435

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