San Carlos Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

San Carlos Power Station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in San Carlos, Negros Occidental province, the Philippines. It is also known as the SMC Global Negros power station.


The map below shows San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Visayas, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background on Plant

In September 2018 the San Miguel Corporation announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) had approved its application for a grid impact study (GIS) had been approved August 1, 2018.[1][2]

On October 27, 2020 the DOE imposed a moratorium on the construction of new or "greenfield" power plants, meaning those which have yet to begin construction.[3] San Miguel Corporation subsequently announced that the San Carlos power station and its other planned coal plants were cancelled.[4] In November 2020 DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi clarified that projects listed as "indicative" by the DOE would still be considered and might still be developed.[5]

As of December 2020 there had been no progress in more than two years, and the project appears to be shelved. The project is still listed in the December 2020 Philippines Department of Energy report on initiated power plants as "indicative", but the target completion date is marked "TBD".[6]


The project is opposed by the Green Alert Network (GAN) and the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental, which pointed out in a position paper that San Carlos was recently named one of the world's 100 most livable cities.[7][8]

On Earth Day (April 22) of 2019, at least 7,000 members of the religious sector and the youth formed a “human chain” to oppose the construction of the San Carlos power station. The “human chain” stretched for 229 kilometers from Manapla in Negros Occidental to La Libertad in Negros Oriental. The activists called on provincial government officials to uphold the executive order of outgoing Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. which declared Negros Occidental as coal-free.[9]

Provincial ban on coal plants

In March 2019 Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. signed Executive Order 19-08 banning new coal plants in Negros Occidental.[10] Given that ban, the project would appear to be cancelled.[11] However, the Executive Order is a statement of policy and is not legally binding so the plant may still proceed.[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SMC Global Power Holdings Corp.
  • Parent company: San Miguel Corporation
  • Location: San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Philippines
  • Coordinates: 10.4826992,123.413725 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 300 MW
  • Type: CFB
  • Projected in service:
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Articles and resources


  1. SMC Global Power eyeing 300-MW coal plant in Negros, Business Mirror, Sep. 26, 2018
  2. PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (VISAYAS), Philippine Department of Energy, 30 Sep. 2018
  3. Jordeene B. Lagare, DoE issues ban on new coal plants, Manila Times, Oct. 28, 2020
  4. San Miguel to scrap pending coal power plants after gov't ban, Phil Star, Oct. 28, 2020
  5. Philippines mulls ban on greenfield coal-fired plants, IJ Global, Nov. 5, 2020
  6. PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATED POWER PROJECTS (VISAYAS) INDICATIVE, Philippine Department of Energy, Dec. 31, 2020
  7. San Miguel : Bishop leads opposition to coal plant in northern Negros city, MarketScreener, Oct. 15, 2018
  8. Negros environment group lauds guv’s ‘coal-free’ stand, PNA, Nov. 6, 2018
  9. Carla P. Gomez, ‘Human chain’ formed in Negros Occidental to oppose coal-fired power plant, Inquirer Visayas, Apr. 22, 2019
  10. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL BANS COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS, Philippine Department of Energy, Mar. 6, 2019
  11. The Philippine Energy Transition, IEEFA, March 2019
  12. Ian Nicolas Cigaral, Coal ban not law but ‘strong policy’, Philippine Inquirer, Mar. 11, 2019

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