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Luzon grid on red alert again, brownouts hit Meralco areas

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Luzon grid is placed under red alert for the second straight day on Thursday, April 11

RED ALERT. Brounouts are expected in Meralco areas due to low power supply. Photo from Shutterstock

Meralco implements rotational brownouts as Luzon grid supply thins

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Rotational brownouts are hitting parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna on Wednesday, April 10

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

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

A rude awakening for Duterte

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:36 AM

The Mindanao brownouts will be dealt with by dumping lots of coal plants But do Mindanaoans really know what this will bring to their economic future?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being held at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace. The agenda focuses on disaster risk reduction and management status of the country.

Mindanao: Huge challenge for Duterte

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:01 PM

For a unique makeover to happen in Mindanao it needs a special carve out from the business as usual mode that we’ve been accustomed to

Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Power outages hit 2016 Palarong Pambansa in Albay

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:57 PM

A power outage causes interrupts the football game between Eastern Visayas and Mimaropa on Tuesday April 12

DARKNESS. The grandstand at the BU-Albay Sports and Tourism Complex is engulfed in darkness as power goes out during a football match at Palarong Pambansa in Albay. Spectators pull out cellphones and flashlights. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

In case of a blackout

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:58 PM

It’s a throwback from the 90s that we’re not keen on reliving But just in case here are a few suggestions to make the most out of it

Rotational power outages in Davao City starting Feb 21

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:54 PM

Two hour rotational power outages are expected to hit the city due to the scheduled preventive maintenance of the STEAG coal fired power plant

Meralco to tap 529MW from interim power supply deals

Nov 13, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Meralco stretches its existing interim contracts with power generating companies until July 2015 to minimize outages starting summer 2015

#MarioPH causes power outages in Luzon

Sep 19, 2014 - 1:33 PM

The combined effect of Tropical Storm MarioPH and the southwest monsoon affects power supply in parts of Luzon

Power outages in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon have been caused by flooding and toppled down electricity facilities. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Aquino seeks Congress help to address power shortage

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:20 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he will formally ask Congress to sign a joint resolution to allow the government to contract additional power supply to address the projected 2015 power deficit

Parts of Central Luzon to lose power Thursday, Saturday

Aug 21, 2014 - 5:43 PM

To our Central Luzon readers get your brownout gear ready

Olongapo to experience 10-hour power interruption on Saturday

Aug 13, 2014 - 1:59 PM

The outage is expected to run from 7 AM to 5 PM

Petilla to Aquino: Declare power emergency

Jul 21, 2014 - 4:13 PM

But the energy chief clarifies this has nothing to do with the Luzon blackouts caused by Typhoon Glenda

#GlendaPH: Bridging the gap in a PGH blackout

Jul 20, 2014 - 9:59 PM

We have limited resources but we make up for it with human resources

Luzon on red alert due to power supply deficiency

Jul 18, 2014 - 7:03 PM

While 84 of Glenda ravaged areas have been re energized power outage may still be experienced due to insufficient supply Meralco says

Luzon power supply returns to normal

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Declaring a “power crisis” following the weekend brownouts is now under study Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says

DOE warns of weekend rotating brownouts in Luzon

Jul 12, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The one hour rotating brownouts on July 12 is due to the two day maintenance shutdown of the Ilijan power plant in Batangas

DOE pushes bill to hasten power plant construction

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:43 AM

The energy czar asks lawmakers to address stumbling blocks in issuing permits for qualified energy projects

DOE: More rotating brownouts possible

May 18, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The DOE said brownouts were still a possibility depending on supply and condition of power plants

Palace: Luzon power supply to normalize

May 17, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Two coal plants servicing Luzon – the Sual and Pagbilao – are expected to be back in full operations within the week

Rotating brownout in Metro Manila, Bulacan - Meralco

May 16, 2014 - 2:44 PM

It will be a tentative one hour brownout in areas in Metro Manila and Bulacan

People arrive at the office of Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, to make payments. AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

North Cotabato LGUs, residents slam hours-long brownouts

May 03, 2014 - 1:28 AM

The protesters ask the DOE to intervene and help solve the power shortage in North Cotabato

PROTEST. Residents of North Cotabato urge the auhtorities to explain the daily brownouts and high electric bills they have been experiencing. All photos by Karl Ballentes

DOE outlines measures to lessen Mindanao brownouts

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Acting on the President s instructions the Department of Energy introduces 3 concrete measures that would provide additional capacity which the DOE hopes will lessen the frequency and duration of rotating brownouts

POWER SHORTAGE. Mindanao continues to experience shortfall in power supply after the February 27 massive blackout. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Mindanao 3-hour brownouts to continue

Mar 06, 2014 - 2:34 PM

It will take up to 3 months to restore a major power plant in the region

POWER SHORTAGE. Mindanao continues to experience shortfall in power supply after the February 27 massive blackout. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

DOE sets consultations for EPIRA amendments

Jan 27, 2014 - 4:59 PM

Consultations will be held in NCR the Visayas and Mindanao

Aquino rejects Petilla resignation

Dec 26, 2013 - 4:19 PM

UPDATED President Aquino rejects the resignation of his energy chief

Rappler Newscast | November 28, 2013

Nov 28, 2013 - 9:01 PM

The Philippines’ growth slows down President Aquino promises a no brownout Christmas for quake hit Bohol and says China’s aircraft carrier sent the to South China Sea is not a threat

Bright Christmas for quake-hit Bohol – Aquino

Nov 28, 2013 - 6:52 PM

Its power lines destroyed by an earthquake in October and a super typhoon in November Bohol will have power supply back before Christmas the gov t promises

RUINS. The ruins of the San Vicente Parish in Maribojoc, Bohol, 20 October 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yolanda cuts power in Visayas provinces

Nov 08, 2013 - 7:12 PM

Cebu Bohol Samar Leyte and the Panay and Negros islands are in the dark as super typhoon Yolanda batters the country

NO POWER. Several provinces in darkness due to Typhoon Yolanda's onslaught.

Rappler Newscast | May 8, 2013

May 08, 2013 - 8:50 PM

SC limits the liquor ban to 2 days The Central Bank says the Comelec s money ban violates bank secrecy laws Power outage hits parts of Luzon

Zambales towns, city experience brownouts

Apr 30, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Olongapo City as well as 4 towns in Zambales experience brownouts due to the modernization and maintenance of power facilities

NO POWER. Olongapo City as well as 4 towns in Zambales experience brownouts due to the modernization and maintenance of power facilities

Brownouts to hit parts of Makati

Apr 17, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Meralco will be replacing rotten poles and conducting line rehabilitation work along Emilia St in Barangay Palanan It will also perform line reconstruction work along Malugay St in Barangay San Antonio

BROWNOUT. Some parts of Makati will be without electricity from 11:30 pm to 4:30 am. Photo by AFP

Mindanao blackouts up to 6 hours

Mar 15, 2013 - 10:21 AM

The outages are caused by a 309MW deficit in the power supply of Mindanao

DAILY BROWNOUTS. Deficits in the power supply have caused outages in Mindanao. From STEAG State Power website

Luzon may face brownouts - Meralco officials

Jan 30, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Officials of the country s biggest power retailer say supply in Luzon will be tight up to 2016 and if no new power plant is installed after brownouts may be experienced

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

Severe brownouts likely in Mindanao during polls

Oct 24, 2012 - 7:45 PM

An official of the Alsons power group says the anticipated El Niño phenomenon will affect the output of the region s hydroelectric power plants in the months of March until June next year

Meralco interrupts power in some flooded areas

Aug 07, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Power interruptions affecting parts of España and New Manila Sampaloc substation de energized

DOE: Power supply 'normal' in Luzon during Malampaya shutdown

Jul 15, 2012 - 6:09 PM

The Malampaya platform shutdown will run from July 13 to 21

Sarangani town wants more power

May 03, 2012 - 7:10 AM

Alabel town in Sarangani province is asking the energy department for more supply of power

During Malampaya repairs, expect higher power rates, not brownouts

Apr 13, 2012 - 1:00 AM

When the Malampaya gas to power project undergoes a 7 day maintenance program this July residents served by the Luzon power grid may see power rate hikes