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Rappler's latest stories on Philippines electricity


APEC party-list congressman briefly held at NAIA over bomb joke

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Cracking bomb jokes inside the airport is prohibited by law, punishable by prison time of up to 5 years or a maximum fine of P40,000

BOMB JOKER. APEC Representative Sergio Dagooc is not detained because of congressional immunity. Photo from APEC's website

Congress OKs 'Murang Kuryente' bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

If passed into law, the bill would lead to a decrease in electricity charge for consumers, ranging from P115 to P169.48 monthly

ELECTRIC CHARGE. Several power provider announce increase in electricity charges in 2018. File photo

DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Shell stations to offer charging for electric vehicles

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Lack of charging equipment is one of the main reasons for the slow uptake of electric vehicles in the Philippines

CHARGING POSTS SOON. The agreement requires that the initial 100 pilot sites for the charging stations will be strategically located in Pilipinas Shell's retail stations in Metro Manila. Rappler file photo

Graft complaints filed vs energy officials for 'extravagant' travels

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The complaints alleges that P15 million used for travels abroad and locally were from a fund meant for monitoring the electricity market

NGCP still keen on Visayas-Mindanao grid connection

May 07, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The private firm says it can complete the P52 billion project by 2020 if it gets the go signal immediately but it will also give way if the government decides to handle the project

Ex-congressman Valdez's trial for PDAF scam set to proceed

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:45 PM

The former Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives representative is accused of pocketing P57.78 million in pork barrel

Gatchalian calls for Senate probe into ERC mandate

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:20 PM

This comes as the Energy Regulatory Commission faces corruption allegations and a threat from President Rodrigo Duterte to have it abolished

Private engineers to help with DOE audit for free

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem [of blackouts] says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as his department signs an agreement with electrical engineers

DOE tapping private engineers for audit of Luzon power plants

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Department of Energy also reminds the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to prepare for forced outages

DOE probing power utilities' violations amid blackouts

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED As more power outages hit Luzon the Department of Energy orders an investigation into power utilities and an inspection of power plants

DOE chief's goals: Lower power rates, 100% electrification

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:25 PM

In his first 100 days Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and his team plan to study existing service contracts and methods to bring down the cost of electricity

Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

Feb 22, 2016 - 5:08 PM

Alsons Renewable will construct a hydroelectric plant along the Siguil River in Maasim Sarangani

SHIFTING FOCUS. Alsons, which is expected to contribute 600 megawatts of capacity to Mindanao, is shifting its focus to renewable energy

P32/kWh price ceiling on power trade permanent – WESM

Jan 10, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The tripartite committee also sets another permanent price cap to further protect consumers from steep WESM prices when supply is tight

File photo by Rappler

WESM operator submits 2016, 2017 budgets to ERC

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:15 PM

The proposed budget includes provisions for employee salaries and benefits capital expenditure and maintenance and other operating expenses among others

Ex-lawmaker Edgar Valdez surrenders over pork scam charges

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The former APEC party list representative faces plunder and 7 counts of graft for allegedly stealing up to P95 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam

Ex-lawmaker Edgar Valdez ordered arrested over 'pork' scam

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Valdez of the party list group APEC is the second former member of the House of Representatives to be ordered arrested over the pork barrel scam

DOE approves guidelines on power reserve dispatch scheme

Jan 18, 2015 - 3:45 PM

The Department of Energy circular shall immediately cease upon the commercial operation of the WESM Reserve Market or upon declaration of its cessation by the DOE

NGCP restores power lines in Ruby-hit areas

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines resumes power transmission in Visayas areas affected by RubyPH

9 economic benefits of using e-vehicles in PH

Nov 29, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The country stands to gain nearly P10 5 billion compared to only P320 million in foregone revenues from exempting e vehicles from taxes

11 things you may not know about electric vehicles

Oct 06, 2014 - 7:27 PM

The Philippines is Asia s next best thing in the electric vehicle industry Here s a list of little known facts about EVs

Quezon City e-jeepneys get first route

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The e jeepneys will travel from SM North EDSA to LRT 2 Katipunan Station with designated stops along the way

How practical is solar power for PH home owners?

Jul 26, 2014 - 9:29 AM

A Makati homeowner shares how he is able to cut his electricity bill by half using solar power

SUN-POWERED. Mike De Guzman has installed a device that turns electricity generated by his solar panels into a form that can power his appliances. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Another Malampaya shutdown slated in March 2015

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:20 PM

The energy department may ask for suspension of the Biofuels Act of 2006 to mitigate effects on possible power supply shortage due to the shutdown

HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILL? It remains to be seen if the scheduled Malampaya shutdown in March 2015 will result in higher electricity bills for Meralco customers. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

SC extends TRO on Meralco rate hike indefinitely

Apr 22, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Malacañang welcomes the ruling as a comfort to our countrymen especially when there is more consumption demand during summer but hopes for a final decision on the matter

Gov't rolls out P505.6 M for e-trikes

Mar 11, 2014 - 3:08 PM

A joint project with the Asian Development Bank will put 100 000 e trikes on PH roads by 2017

THE FUTURE IS HERE. E-tricycles from local and foreign manufacturers were on display in the Electric Vehicle Summit last February 27. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PSALM: Malaya plant can't always run when needed

Feb 12, 2014 - 6:58 PM

PSALM says the plant has slow start up time and low fuel replenishment rate

NO DISPATCH? PSALM reportedly avoided as much as P1 billion in losses by keeping the Malaya plant offline during the Malampaya shutdown. File Photo from AFP.

SC to gov't: Explain Meralco rate hike

Jan 09, 2014 - 10:54 AM

The Court also orders the inclusion of Meralco power suppliers in petitions against the hike

Outcome of power producers 'collusion' probe out soon

Jan 05, 2014 - 6:29 PM

A committee composed of the Energy Regulation Commission the Department of Energy and the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation is investigating the reason for the steep increase in Meralco s rates

NO HIKE YET. File photo of Filipinos lining up for the electric bill subsidy given by the government in 2008. Photo from EPA/ Rolex dela Cruz

Result of Meralco rate hike probe out soon

Dec 16, 2013 - 12:11 AM

A DOE led investigation and a Senate inquiry on Wednesday seek to determine if there was collusion among power producers which led to a P4 15 power rate hike by Meralco

HIGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will have to shell out more for electricity in December, February and March. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

Malampaya shutdown to hike Meralco rates

Oct 25, 2013 - 7:32 PM

The electricity bill of Meralco clients will increase by P1 to P2 per kwh in December since the Malampaya natural gas facility will go offline around the same time as the other power plants

HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILL. Meralco customers will pay more for their electricity in December because of the maintenance shutdown of Malampaya natural gas facility. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Passers of April 2013 Engineers and Electricians Licensure Exams

Apr 26, 2013 - 11:45 PM

The University of the Philippines Los Baños and the University of Batangas ranked the highest with a 100 passing rate

ERC oks P34-M budget for Mindanao energy market

Apr 24, 2013 - 9:04 PM

This is the amount PEMC the operator of the energy market applied for

POWER CRISIS. The Aquino administration vows to find solutions to the Mindanao power shortage and put into place sustainable supply in the region

Mindanao should brace for higher power costs

Mar 23, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Mindanao residents must shoulder an average increase of about P3 per kilowatt hour in their electricity bills

A worker makes repairs to power lines in Iligan. Residents in Mindanao will have to cough up more cash to get stable electricity supply. RAPPLER/John Javellana

Lower electricity bills in February

Feb 07, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Meralco consumers using 200 kWh a month will see a P116 reduction in their electricity bills

LOWER RATES. The country's biggest power retailer announces lower electricity bills in February. Photo from AFP

Lower Meralco bills by February

Jan 22, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Meralco announces a 19 centavo per kWh reduction in the generation charge starting next month

Meralco likely hit P16-B profit target for 2012 - MVP

Jan 16, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Pangilinan says Meralco probably met its 2012 core net income guidance due to higher electricity sales

ELECTRICITY COST. The country's biggest power distributor has initiated efforts to lower electricity prices. Photo from AFP

Palparan partylist group, 3 others get SC reprieve

Dec 05, 2012 - 7:38 PM

The SC has previously stopped Comelec from disqualifying 8 other partylist groups


SC stops Comelec from disqualifying 3 more party-list groups

Nov 22, 2012 - 7:39 PM

The SC says 3 other party list groups are covered by its status quo ante order


4 more party-list groups get SC reprieve

Nov 14, 2012 - 6:43 PM

Unless the SC lifts the status quo ante order the Comelec will have to include the 8 partylist groups in the ballot


SC stops disqualification of Ako Bicol, 3 others

Nov 13, 2012 - 3:59 PM

SC issues a status quo ante order stopping the disqualification of 4 party list groups from participating in the 2013 elections

Meralco defers bill deposit collection to 2013

Oct 12, 2012 - 6:50 PM

Meralco defers collection of bill deposit payments to January 2013