To Burn or Not to Burn The San Ramon Coal-Fired Power Plant

by: Reynante E. Autida

Publication Date: October 7, 2016
Length: 6 pages
Product ID#: 1-005-600

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Blackouts are a serious problem in Zamboanga City, Philippines and residents and businesses demanded a solution. In response, the mayor’s administration evaluated several possible solutions. One solution under consideration was the construction of a coal-fired power plant. City leaders were advised that the plant would make up for the energy deficit. However, several groups opposed this move due to environmental and health concerns. As the mayor of the city, Ma’am Beng must decide whether building the coal-fired power plant is the best solution for the power outages.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Construct a concept map on the types of coal and their uses.
  • Show the steps involved in the process of generating electricity from a coal-fired power plant using a flow diagram.
  • Compute the amount of heat released from a coal-fired power plant.
  • Summarize the perceptions of residents regarding the construction of a coal-fired power plant in the city through simple interviews.
  • Evaluate whether building a coal-fired power plant is the best solution for the power outages in Zamboanga City.