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Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

May 29, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Volkswagen will take a 50% stake in JAG – the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors – and a 26% share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

LIVE: House hearing on the spike in electricity bills

May 27, 2020 - 12:23 PM

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Meralco to refund P47 fee for online payments, says sorry

May 21, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Meralco tells the Department of Energy it will be 'more sensitive in the future,' as it draws flak for charging a convenience fee during the enhanced community quarantine

DOE orders Meralco to explain P47 fee for paying bills online

May 19, 2020 - 3:55 PM

'Parang hindi po naging convenience ito, parang naging pabigat sa bulsa,' says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

Makabayan lawmakers seek probe into sudden spike in Meralco bills

May 19, 2020 - 12:15 PM

The legislators say the high electricity bills 'added more anxiety to many' as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic

POWER IN THE METRO. Meralco linemen fix the power line after an electric spark was reported in Mandaluyong City on May 10, 2020. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Jump in power bills shocks consumers, Meralco defends rates

May 15, 2020 - 5:45 PM

A consumer rights group finds it unbelievable that electricity consumption would increase 3 or 4 times in just a month, but Meralco says May bills were based on 'true and actual readings'

General Electric to cut 10,000 aviation jobs

May 05, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The job cuts are part of a $3-billion savings plan that will be implemented in 2020 as General Electric feels the impact of the coronavirus crisis

GE AVIATION. A General Electric Aviation facility in Lafayette, Indiana. Photo from Shutterstock

Pasig launches e-trikes for the sick, food vouchers for public students

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Patients may book free e-trike rides to hospitals two days before their medical appointment

MOBILE PALENGKE. Residents in Barangay Bambang, Pasig City, buy fresh produce from the city government's roving stores on March 26, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Coronavirus prompts layoffs at e-scooter startup Bird

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:27 AM

Workers at Bird who would be losing their jobs are assured severance pay and extended health plan coverage

P400-B uncollected power charges show 'dead end' in energy laws

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Lawmakers want to collect debts now, as government lawyers stand firm on proper procedures on compromise agreements

POWER CHARGES. Officials of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) arrive early to the House of Representatives hearing on March 11, 2020, on the P400 billion worth of uncollected power charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PECO not standing down despite Razon's takeover of facilities for IloIlo electric

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Panay Electric is now without a franchise or permit, but it is keeping its standoff with the Enrique Razon-owned MORE for Iloilo's electricity – anchoring all its hopes on the Supreme Court

House panels summon Calida over power sector’s P95-B debt to gov’t

Mar 06, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Lawmakers want the Solicitor General to explain why he asked to intervene in the case of the multi-billion pesos that Meralco and First Gen Hydro Power Corporation still owe the government

SUMMONED BY HOUSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida holds a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jack Welch, iconic General Electric CEO, dead at 84

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:31 AM

'There was no corporate leader like Neutron Jack,' President Donald Trump tweets, referring to a nickname Welch earned for his ruthless job cuts

REST IN PEACE. Former business executive, author, and chemical engineer Jack Welch. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for LinkedIn/AFP

Inside the Industry: Electric Studio wants you to think beyond weight loss

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:20 PM

We talk about the indoor cycling phenomenon, and Kris Sy and Jam Munasque’s first try on the indoor bike

Groups seek P29-billion refund for Meralco consumers

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Congress should investigate how the power distributor 'overcharged' customers from 2013 to 2018, say Bayan Muna and the Matuwid na Singil sa Kuryente Consumers Alliance

BLOATED RATES? Groups have questioned Meralco's computation of consumers' monthly electricity bills. This photo taken on January 24, 2019, shows protesters rallying against the use of coal to produce energy. File photo by Gerard Carreon

Tesla value hits $100 billion, triggering payout plan for Musk

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:05 AM

Under a compensation plan approved by Tesla's board in 2018, Musk is to be paid in stock awards based on the value of the company, which could be worth as much as $50 billion if Tesla reaches $650 billion

ELON MUSK. Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. leaves the US District Court, Central District of California through a back door in Los Angeles, U.S. on December 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Apu Gomes/Getty Images/AFP

Lawmaker questions how power firm with P7,000 capital got P100-M deal

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Congressman Jericho Nograles says IEMOP had no experience and no assets, but still bagged the contract to operate the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market

Mitsubishi Electric data may have been compromised in cyberattack

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Mitsubishi Electric says it has confirmed highly sensitive information in the defense, power, and railway sectors are unaffected

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC. A file photo taken December 7, 2019, shows the sign of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on its headquarters in Tokyo. Photo by Kyodo News

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, quake risks

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Shikoku Electric criticizes the ruling, stressing the scientific merit of the firm's argument that it was safe to operate the reactor

AGAINST NUCLEAR. Residents and others opposing the reactor restart gather near the Ikata nuclear power plant of Shikoku Electric Power in Ehime prefecture, about 700 kilometers southwest of Tokyo on August 12, 2016. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Akelco restores 85% electricity in Aklan, northern Antique 3 weeks after Ursula

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Aklan Electric Cooperative says it has restored power in 122,194 households and establishments in the province

BAYANIHAN. Photo by Aklan Electric Cooperative

5 Batangas towns without electricity due to Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Sta Teresita, Talisay and Laurel towns are without power

POWER SUPPLY. A file photo of the First Gen power plant in Batangas. Facebook account of First Gen Corporation

Expropriation case over Iloilo power remains with local court – Supreme Court

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The SC resolution is a point in favor of the Enrique Razon-owned MORE, whose franchise is being challenged by longtime-provider Panay Electric Company

Typhoon Ursula prompts Aklan town to suspend total tricycle phaseout in Boracay

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'Nahirapan ang ating mga [e-trikes] na maka-recharge dahil may mga lugar sa isla na wala pang kuryente,' says acting Malay, Aklan Mayor Frolibar Bautista

SUSPENDED. The local government of Malay, Aklan, suspends the total tricycle phaseout in Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

Power restoration in Ursula-hit Aklan eyed on January 25

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Aklan Electric Cooperative says its initial target was to restore power by February 9

POWER RESTORATION. As of January 8, the Aklan Electric Cooperative says it incurred an initial damage of P94.858 million in the franchise area. File photo from Akelco

U.S. aid agency slashes $190 million in compact funding to Ghana

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:21 PM

This comes after the termination of a Meralco-led consortium which was supposed to take over electricity distribution in the West African country

Napocor to help resolve Camotes Islands' power woes

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The problems in power distribution are due to outdated facilities in the islands off mainland Cebu

Truck accident triggers blackouts, gridlock in Cebu, Mandaue cities

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The damaged posts will be replaced and power is expected to be fully restored by 5 am on Tuesday, December 17

WIRELESS. Light posts are taken down by a truck in Mandaue City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,' says Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Seattle-based engineering firm magniX

FLYING HIGH. Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski addresses media questions after The Harbour Air de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver plane test flight on December 10, 2019 in Richmond, Canada. Photo by Don MacKinnon/AFP

PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Faulty Pacific Gas & Electric powerlines are blamed for sparking Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state's history

PG&E. The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a hard hat at a work site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Meralco power rates going up in November 2019

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:55 PM

A typical household will shell out P94 more for November


More evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The so-called Getty Fire ignites overnight near a major freeway and quickly spreads south and west towards neighborhoods, scorching some 240 hectares and sending people fleeing in the dark

Firefighters battle the Getty Fire in houses on fire in Brentwood, California on October 28, 2019. A wildfire broke out early Monday near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, forcing widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes in hillside communities. The so-called Getty Fire broke out overnight near a major freeway and quickly spread south and west, scorching 500 acres (202 hectares) and sending people fleeing in the dark.  Apu Gomes / AFP

Millions face power cuts as California fires spread

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The Kincade Fire, which is only 10 percent contained, has grown to 25,955 acres

FIREFIGHTERS. Members of an inmate firefighting crew are silhouetted against a hillside with a track of PG&E lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on October 26, 2019. Photo by Philip Pacheco/AFP

End of the road: Dyson quits race to make electric cars

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

James Dyson laments, 'Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply cannot make it commercially viable'

JAMES DYSON. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2018, British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses during a photo session at a hotel in Paris. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Meralco rates slightly going up in October 2019

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Even with the slight increase this October, there has been a total downward adjustment of electricity rates amounting to almost P1.47 per kilowatt hour since April 2019

Power play for Iloilo electricity reaches Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:51 PM

The Enrique Razon-owned MORE is granted a franchise by President Duterte, but the bypassed Panay Electric Company (PECO) is fighting for its assets

Japan's post-typhoon blackout raises disaster prep questions

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:54 AM

'It's worse than we thought,' says the Tokyo Electric Power, as authorities confirmed 45,000 homes were still without electricity 12 days after the powerful Typhoon Faxai barrelled through the Tokyo region

A man walks past a fallen utility pole downed by winds caused by Typhoon Faxai in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture on September 9, 2019. The powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds killed two people, police said on September 9, as halted trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were cancelled. jiji press / AFP

Meralco lowers rates for 5th straight month

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

This brings the total reduction to P1.52 per kWh since April 2019

PRC Results: August 2019 Registered Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Congratulations to all the newly licensed electrical engineers!

Duterte signs Murang Kuryente Act

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:31 PM

With the new law, electricity consumers will soon no longer have to pay the universal charges for stranded contract costs and stranded debts in their electricity bills

Meralco rates down for 4th straight month

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The latest reduction brings the total downward adjustment to almost P1 per kWh since May 2019


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

From princes to undertakers, Norway's motorists go electric

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars

A custom made Tesla Motors car operated by a funeral services company in Norway is pictured in Oslo on April 29, 2019. Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars. The choice is especially green in this country, where most of the electricity produced is environmentally-friendly, derived from hydro power.  Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Meralco again lowers electricity rates in July 2019

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is the 3rd straight month that the Manila Electric Company is reducing power rates

No end in sight to 'unrelenting' power outages in Palawan

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.

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

DTI to craft program to boost e-vehicle investments

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry gears up to strengthen the Philippines' e-vehicle industry as it seeks to seal a free trade agreement with South Korea, a manufacturing powerhouse

Photo from Shutterstock.

Meralco to lower electricity rates for 2nd straight month

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Households consuming 200 kilowatts per hour can expect a reduction of around P39 from their June 2019 bill

'Saturated' Paris tells e-scooter fleets to clean up

May 18, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Companies – with catchy one-syllable names such as Lime, Bolt, Wind and Flash – have collectively put 15,000 scooters on the streets in the past few months, causing tensions that have emerged in cities worldwide

A man rides an E-Scooter of rental company Tier in Berlin on April 17, 2019. German ministers agreed rules for using battery-powered scooters on the country's roads, paving the way for the two-wheeled craze to spread further across Europe. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

Dyson driving towards all-terrain electric car

May 09, 2019 - 8:32 PM

James Dyson acknowledges the patents are deliberately light on specifics but says 'they do reveal some of the ways we might improve Battery Electric Vehicles'

JAMES DYSON. British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses with products during a photo session at a hotel in Paris on October 11, 2018. File Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

NGCP, Meralco: Measures in place for power supply during elections

May 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says it is ready to ensure 'reliable power transmission services before, during, and after the election date.' Meralco also has contingency plans.

A lineman fixes the current connections along Mendez Road, in Barangay Baesa, Quezon City on May 2, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Meralco slashes power rates for May 2019

May 07, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Meralco adjusts power rates downward for May, despite higher prices in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market