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Rappler's latest stories on Clean energy


Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines: A leader in sustainability

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:00 AM

KOFPH partners with First Gen to power four more Coca-Cola bottling facilities with clean energy

[OPINION] To empower Asian clean energy ambitions, development banks must act now

Oct 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The inability to act today would mean irreparable damage to the lives of millions of Asians living in extremely climate-vulnerable regions

Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would allow states the flexibility to set their own standards for performance at existing coal-fired power plants, rather than follow a single federal standard

TRUMP AND COAL. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

Powering Progress Together 2018 continues discussions on more and cleaner energy

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Shell’s global forum returns to Singapore this year with the theme, “Energy for Better Living”

Making cleaner energy from pesky water hyacinth

Jan 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

A group of millennial entrepreneurs finds a way to reduce world's dependence on dirty coal using a very unlikely material: water hyacinth

[OPINION] TRAIN at a crossroads on a coal tax

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Our electricity bills would likely increase not because of a coal tax but because coal will become more expensive in the years to come relative to renewable energy

Palawan CSOs see hope in Renewable Portfolio Standards

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:19 PM

'Palawan has a lot of land, so there is definitely [a] potential to put up renewable energy here,' says National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug

File photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Apple to invest $900 million in Danish data plant

Jul 10, 2017 - 6:53 PM

The facility will help to handle data from iMessages answers from the voice activated assistant Siri and song downloads from iTunes Apple s director for the Nordic countries Erik Stannow says

APPLE. The Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Leyte tells the world to #BreakFree from fossil fuels

Mar 26, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Break Free 2017 a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines contributing to global actions against fossil fuels culminate in Yolanda hit Leyte

CLEAN ENERGY. Greenpeace activists unfurl a giant banner bearing the words "#BreakFree from fossil fuels" at the iconic San Juanico bridge as a team of cyclists overhead and a team of rowers below led this culminating activity for the week-long Leyte leg of Break Free 2017. All photos from Greenpeace

4th Powering Progress Together Forum happens in Singapore

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Shell took its annual forum to Singapore with the theme “Cleaner Energy Moves Asia ” focusing on how the continent can address the challenge of shifting towards cleaner energy

THE NEXT LEADERS. Students and millennial startups shared their ideas for a tech-driven, progressive future

Ayala Corp's AC Energy buys renewable energy developer Bronzeoak

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The move gives the firm an additional platform of more than 200 megawatts of solar and biomass energy

Iloilo malls switch to solar energy

Feb 04, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Robinson s Place and Gaisano Mall in Iloilo City have already switched to solar energy to contribute to cutting carbon emissions

SOLAR POWER. Gaisano Capital Mall is now equipped with a 103-megawatt solar rooftop system that can supply up to 50% of the mall’s daytime load. Photo courtesy of Gaisano Capital

Energy innovation is focus of Gates-led $1 billion fund

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:29 PM

The venture will finance emerging energy breakthroughs that can deliver affordable and reliable zero carbon emissions says a statement from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BILL AND MELINDA GATES. US President Barack Obama presents Bill and Melinda Gates with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP

DENR's audit on coal plants now ongoing

Nov 22, 2016 - 2:20 PM

An environment official says two coal fired power plants have been audited already

Canada to phase out coal power by 2030 – official

Nov 21, 2016 - 10:52 PM

The plants located in 4 provinces produce about 10 of Canada s total CO2 emissions and closing them will remove the equivalent in emissions of 1 3 million cars from roads or 5 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. Gerard Mestrallet, Eigne CEO, chats with Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada, during the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Assembly during the IMF and World Bank Group 2016 Spring Meetings on April 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Molly Riley/AFP

Cusi and Lopez: Finding the right energy mix

Aug 30, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Both chiefs should understand that specifically it’s about optimizing the energy mix in terms of cost of electricity reliability source diversity and environmental impact

Lopez: Clean energy is the way to go

Aug 14, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says government plans to create models and choose certain areas where we go just renewable

8 promising green energy startups share in P1M funding

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The startups were singled out by a fellowship that aims to boost clean energy innovation and will compete against each other to win an additional P1 5 million

Indonesian village powered by clean energy through tofu

May 13, 2016 - 12:56 PM

The small village hosts a steady stream of officials from nearby regions keen to imitate the model and similar projects have already sprung up

TOFU ENERGY. Tofu has been cooked in Kalisari for generations but today, innovative villagers on Java island are producing something extra from the simple soybean cake – cheap, renewable energy, piped directly into their homes. AFP/ADEK BERRY

Obama seeks to double US funds for clean energy research

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Rather than subsidize the past we should invest in the future Obama declares

File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

#NowIsTheTime for 100% renewable energy

Nov 26, 2015 - 8:49 PM

While reducing carbon emissions is a step in the right direction many see a transition to 100 renewable energy as the solution to climate change

Alibaba’s Jack Ma offers to mentor Filipina engineer

Nov 19, 2015 - 6:52 AM

The fate of Aisa Mijeno s startup SALt will test APEC s resolve to help small businesses as it pursues inclusive and sustainable growth

APEC CEO SUMMIT. US President Barack Obama poses with the chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba, Jack Ma (L), and young entrepreneur Aisa Mijeno (R) as they take part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit in Manila on November 18. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Nov 18, 2015 - 6:22 PM

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What happened 5 years after PH phased out incandescent bulbs?

Sep 04, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Most countries have followed the example of the Philippines not through complicated laws but because the market simply doesn’t buy inefficient incandescent bulbs anymore

File photo of compact fluorescent lamps from ADB.

Renewable energy struggling to beat financial odds – experts

Jun 18, 2015 - 3:50 PM

The biggest amount of investment is needed in the greatest time of uncertainty says the secretary general of the World Energy Council

ADB hosts clean energy forum ahead of climate talks

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Clean energy is picking up in developing Asia but challenges such as reliance on coal and inefficient power infrastructure remain the Asian Development Bank says

PH island switches on lights during Earth Hour

Mar 29, 2015 - 1:30 AM

Sibuyan Island gets its energy from a 900 kilowatt hydro electric power plant in Cantingas River proclaimed in 2007 as the cleanest river in the country

Electric bill disregards lower clean energy cost, SC told

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:32 AM

While the cost of renewable energy may be unpredictable an economic advocacy group says the Energy Regulatory Commission is duty bound to correct its billing given the fast falling price of solar panels

UN climate chief: Transport is future challenge for PH

Feb 27, 2015 - 9:04 PM

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says the Philippines can follow the lead of other developing countries which have adopted a bus rapid transit

PUSHING FOR A CLIMATE DEAL. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says countries like the Philippines contribute to the debate on ways to curb climate change. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Gov’t adopts new strategy for climate change resiliency

Aug 08, 2014 - 1:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III elevates climate change into a priority issue to protect vulnerable communities from its impact

NEW PRIORITY. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the discussion on climate change during the meeting with his cabinet cluster, Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Photo from Malacanang

US$44-T needed for clean energy future –IEA

May 12, 2014 - 7:01 PM

The longer we wait the more expensive it becomes to transform our energy system says IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven

DOE to add more renewable energy in grid by 2014

Dec 03, 2013 - 8:15 PM

Enough renewable energy to power 126 700 households will feed into the country s power supply as part of the National Renewable Energy Program

CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. The wind energy projects approved by the Department of Energy are set to generate 339.5 megawatts of power by 2014

E-shuttle to improve lives of PH jeepney drivers

Oct 29, 2013 - 6:52 PM

The COMET e shuttle system gives drivers monthly pay and health benefits

DRIVING CHANGE. a COMET e-shuttle drives through the streets of Makati City. Photo courtesy of GET Philippines

Al Gore trains FilAm climate leaders

Aug 06, 2013 - 9:30 PM

Filipino Americans join a new batch of climate leadership trainees to promote the issue of climate change

PH gets P440-M JICA grants for power projects

May 01, 2013 - 1:09 PM

Two mini hydropower plants will constructed in Ifugao and Isabela

Canadian researchers develop energy storage system

Mar 30, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Canadian researchers develop method to store excess wind and solar energy

PH clean energy tariffs to start in 2014: gov't

Mar 27, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Solar power plants of between 3 and 5 megawatts each are expected to be the first to supply electricity under the plan

FEED-IN TARIFF. Solar-power plants, not bigger projects, like geothermal and wind, will benefit from the feed-in tariff that will be in place in 2014. Photo by Michael Josh Villanueva

Rappler Animate: Why electricity rates in Philippines are high

Jul 22, 2012 - 1:02 PM

The country s high power costs have plagued the Philippines ability to compete in the manufacturing sector and burdened Filipinos for decades

DOE to bid out run-of-river power generation sites

Mar 05, 2012 - 7:09 PM

The Department of Energy plans to bid out 47 potential run of river hydropower sites that can each generate not more than 2 megawatts of electricity