Renewable energy policy failure in the Philippines: A case of socially embedded selection pressures


ASOG Working Paper Series 21-024

21 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2021

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John Charles Altomonte

Ateneo de Manila University - School of Government

Date Written: August 18, 2021

Abstract

The climate crisis has made readily apparent the need to decarbonize societies. The power sector in particular has been notoriously prominent in its role as a major source of emissions. The Philippines, despite being the first nation in the Southeast Asia region to enact public policy aimed towards increased renewable energy (RE) production, has failed to displace incumbent fossil-fuel sources. Solar and wind technologies have lagged considerably, representing a combined 0.3% of the country’s Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES). A qualitative analysis of the policy network revealed a social embeddedness among actors, primarily the incumbent energy developers, utilities, and government. The resulting selection pressures across the regime dimensions of political power and technology have contributed to the failure of RE policy. The study concludes with the need for protective spaces in order to realize an energy transition.

Keywords: renewable energy policy, Philippines, social embeddedness, protective space, energy transition

Suggested Citation

Altomonte, John Charles, Renewable energy policy failure in the Philippines: A case of socially embedded selection pressures
 (August 18, 2021). ASOG Working Paper Series 21-024, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3907028 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3907028

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