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Coast Guard sues Ayala's AC Energy over Iloilo oil spill

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the oil spill contaminated coastal areas of 23 communities, and displaced 400 people

Bottom of the barrel: IEA sees oil output recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:55 PM

While the International Energy Agency warns that the resurgence of the coronavirus in some regions is 'casting a shadow over the outlook,' it sees the oil market turning a corner

OIL. A worker takes a break beneath the natural gas storage tanks at an exploration site in the Longgang gas field in Lishan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, May 17, 2007. File photo by Liu Jin/AFP

Iran says damage at nuclear site 'significant'

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'There were no victims... but the damage is significant on a financial level,' Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi says

DAMAGED. A handout picture provided by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization shows a warehouse after it was damaged at the Natanz facility, one of Iran's main uranium enrichment plants, south of the capital Tehran on July 2, 2020. Handout photo by Iran Atomic Organization (aeoinews)/AFP

U.S. fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 proceedings, which allow a company that is no longer able to repay its debt to restructure without pressure from creditors

ODESSA, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Trucks used in the fracking industry sit in a truck stop, many waiting for work, on February 4, 2015 in Odessa, Texas. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benifited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticizing Iran

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The resolution urges Tehran to provide inspectors from the IAEA with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s

IEA says aviation to hold back oil recovery

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:20 PM

'Unlike gasoline and diesel, which are likely to recover to close to pre-crisis levels by the end of 2020, the outlook for jet fuel is more uncertain,' says the International Energy Agency

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Iran warns against U.N. nuclear watchdog resolution

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Diplomats say the resolution will call on Iran to provide access to two locations where past nuclear activity may have occurred – sites to which the IAEA has been trying to gain access for months

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief asks Iran for access to disputed sites

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Rafael Grossi repeats an appeal to Iran to 'cooperate immediately and fully' with the International Atomic Energy Agency

U.N. nuclear watchdog meets as Iran row brews

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:17 PM

(UPDATED) The latest row over access comes as a landmark deal between Iran and world powers in 2015 continues to unravel

U.N. nuclear watchdog has 'serious concern' at Iran denying inspections

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:50 AM

The International Atomic Energy Agency notes 'with serious concern that, for over 4 months, Iran has denied access to the Agency... to two locations'

IAEA. The logo of the International Atomic Energy Agency's laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria is pictured on May 7, 2020. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Iran dismisses 'desperate' U.S. move to end nuclear waivers

May 28, 2020 - 11:47 PM

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says that with the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pulling the 'final plug' on the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018

'FINAL PLUG.' In this file photo, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi speaks to the media before a meeting with other UN members on the escalating situation with the United States at United Nation headquarters on June 24, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Virus sparks record drop in energy investment – IEA

May 27, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The International Energy Agency estimates global energy investment may plunge by almost $400 billion in 2020

OIL FIELD. An oil platform in the Clair Ridge oil field in the North Sea, 45 miles off the coast of Scotland, on March 9, 2018. File photo by Stuart Conway/BP/AFP

[OPINION] A crossroads for Meralco

May 23, 2020 - 6:51 PM

'As a private company, Meralco is accountable to its customers, who pay expecting reliable service. But that unfortunately has not been the case.'

Power firms ordered to issue new bills, conduct actual meter reading

May 22, 2020 - 4:37 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission says power distributors must charge customers based on meter readings and not on average consumption

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

International Atomic Energy Agency gives PH medical supplies

May 19, 2020 - 12:09 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says a mobile x-ray, protective equipment, and materials needed to conduct coronavirus tests are among the items given directly to the Department of Health

TESTING CENTER. This photo shows the Philippines' main testing center, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Photo from RITM

PH reports significant improvement in air quality

May 15, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'The improvements in air quality at this time confirm that it is possible to reduce air pollution if efforts are targeted towards the main sources of the problem,' the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air says in a recent report

IEA says oil outlook improves 'somewhat' on easing virus lockdowns, output cuts

May 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Despite the improvement in the oil market, the International Energy Agency warns that 'major uncertainties remain'

OIL FACILITY. The Marathon Refinery is seen in Carson, California, on March 9, 2020. Photo by David McNew/AFP

Additional oil tariffs to raise P6.8 billion vs coronavirus – DOE

May 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The additional tariffs will mean an increase of P0.60 per liter for gasoline and P0.84 for diesel

Dumaguete City radio reporter shot dead

May 06, 2020 - 12:20 AM

Rex Cornelio is the third radio journalist to be killed in Dumaguete City since 2018

JOURNALIST KILLED. Radio broadcaster Rex Cornelio is killed in Dumaguete City. Photo from Cornelio's Facebook page

Ayala to consolidate power, water, infrastructure businesses

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Ayala's power, water, and infrastructure businesses will all be under a new holding company called AC Energy and Infrastructure Corporation


ERC orders staggered payment scheme for electricity bills

Apr 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission encourages those who can pay to settle their bills on time to help power companies with their cash flow

IEA sees record 2020 oil demand fall due to coronavirus

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:00 PM

For 2020 overall, oil demand will fall by 9.3 million barrels per day, says the International Energy Agency

OIL WOES. An oil refinery is lit up in the night on January 19, 2016 in Big Spring, Texas. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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

Coronavirus to cause 1st annual decline in oil use in decade – IEA

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:55 PM

'The coronavirus crisis is affecting a wide range of energy markets – including coal, gas, and renewables – but its impact on oil markets is particularly severe,' says International Energy Agency chief Fatih Birol

A passenger uses his mobile phone as the train stops at Wuhan railway station in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 4, 2020. - China on March 4 reported 38 more deaths from the new coronavirus but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day. The death toll nationwide is now 2,981, the National Health Commission said, with more than 80,200 people infected in total. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Duterte studies proposals to tap nuclear energy

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A proposed executive order to add nuclear energy to the Philippines' energy sources is also up for President Rodrigo Duterte's approval, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

QUICK CHAT. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Energy Secretary Alfonso prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

Negros bishop to banks: Stop giving loans to coal plant developers

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Banks financing coal are not only funding the climate crisis, they are also enabling the continued suffering of coal-affected communities,' says Bishop Gerardo Alminaza

WITHDRAW FROM COAL. San Carlos, Negros Occidental Bishop Gerardo Alminaza speaks during the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit held in Cagayan de Oro on Friday, February 28, organized by the Withdraw from Coal Campaign. Photo by Withdraw from Coal

'No impact' on fuel supply if 'onerous' Chevron land rental not renewed – DOE

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Energy plans to build an 'energy city' in place of Chevron's facilities on government land in San Pascual, Batangas

Background image from Chevron Philippines website

Extreme weather to overload urban power grids, study shows

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:40 AM

'Extreme weather events could reduce reliability of power supply by 16%, which can easily lead to blackouts resulting huge economic losses,' says the lead researcher

HEAT. Flames and smoke rising from a forest fire near Sarande in the Muzina mountain region, southern Albania, 2017. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

UAE issues license for 1st Arab nuclear power plant

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The UAE has substantial energy reserves, but with a power-hungry population of 10 million it has made huge investments in developing alternative power sources including solar

FIRST IN THE ARAB WORLD. A handout picture obtained from the media office of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant on February 13, 2020, shows a view of the power plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. AFP PHOTO/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

Novel coronavirus causing 1st drop in oil use in decade – IEA

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The International Energy Agency says 'global oil demand has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus...and the widespread shutdown of China's economy'

An aerial view shows residential and commercial buildings of Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 27, 2020, amid a deadly virus outbreak which began in the city. - China on January 27 extended its biggest national holiday to buy time in the fight against a viral epidemic and neighbouring Mongolia closed its border, after the death toll spiked to 81 despite unprecedented quarantine measures. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Over 10% of retailers already imposed last round of fuel tax hike – DOE

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The final increase in excise tax under the TRAIN law can only be imposed on new stocks acquired in 2020, not on oil produced or imported in 2019

Oil prices saw a record surge after attacks on two Saudi facilities in the world's top gas producer. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION] Use solar energy for responding to disasters

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The urgent need for electricity access is hardly considered during preparations against disasters; it is only considered in the wake of disasters when supplies have been cut off

[OPINION] Push for pro-poor, pro-environment energy policy

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:16 PM

Millions of households continue to be without electricity, and many other areas with a limited service of only 4 to 6 hours per day

Croatia sentences ex-PM, Hungary energy firm boss for graft

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Ivo Sanader and energy group MOL's Zsolt Hernadi are convicted of 'receiving and giving a bribe' concerning a 2009 deal after the purchase of shares in a local oil and gas group

ON TRIAL. In this file photo, Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader attends a hearing during his trial on October 22, 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia. Photo from AFP

DOE to oil firms: Use up old inventory first before slapping new tax

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Energy says oil companies may face large-scale estafa charges if they slap the TRAIN law's new taxes on old stocks in 2020

Defense, energy departments to probe Chinese control of power lines

Dec 04, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.

PUTTING UP A TEAM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the defense and energy departments will probe reports of Chinese control of the Philippines' power transmission lines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Clark landfill firm hops onto waste-to-energy bandwagon

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Rufo Colayco, president and CEO of the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation, says his company’s unsolicited proposal is currently 'under evaluation by government.'

DISPOSAL. A 22-wheeler truck carrying garbage enters the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation sanitary landfill in Sitio Kalangitan, Cutcut II, Capas town in Tarlac province. Contributed photo

Nuclear agency urges Iran to explain uranium particles at undeclared site

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its inspectors had 'detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency'

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Semirara suspends coal mining activities

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Department of Energy directs Semirara Mining and Power Corporation to suspend coal mining activities after a mudslide last October

Renewable energy could cut power generation health impact by 80%

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Scientists says if majority of energy is derived from solar and wind power it could cut adverse health effects from electricity production by 80% compared with our current fossil-heavy economies

WINDMILL MAGIC. Be swept away by the wind and the towering beauty of Bangui’s windmills. Photo by Ros Flores

IEA says world needs 'laser-like focus' to bring down emissions

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:02 PM

If the aim is to meet the Paris Agreement targets of limiting global warming, then governments will have to adopt 'rapid and widespread changes across all parts of the energy system,' says the IEA

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Iran has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, says Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

ENRICHED URANIUM. Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi gives a joint press point with the commissioner of the European Commission in charge of Climate Action and Energy, in Brussels on November 26, 2018. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

3rd telco Dito Telecom aims for 30% market share

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Dennis Uy's Dito Telecommunity is gathering business partners to take on telco giants Globe and Smart, and attract their subscribers

Iran hopes new United Nations nuclear chief will act 'neutrally'

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Iran hopes that during Grossi's tenure, the IAEA 'can neutrally and professionally undertake its international responsibilities and sensitive missions,' foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says

RAFAEL GROSSI. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is pictured during an AFP interview in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar /AFP

Argentina's Grossi elected head of U.N.'s nuclear watchdog

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The election of Rafael Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the IAEA, comes at a critical time for the Vienna-based agency as Iran is decreasing its commitments under the 2015 landmark deal

GROSSI. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is pictured during an AFP interview in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Researchers invent device that generates light from the cold night sky – here's what it means for millions living off grid

Oct 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

With the efficiency of everyday technologies continually improving, thermolectric devices could play an important role in powering society before long

MOONLIGHT. A Supermoon rises against the skyline in Madrid on November 14, 2016. Photo by Gerare Julien/AFP

Zimbabwe quadruples electricity price as crisis deepens

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Zimbabwe is dealing with hyperinflation which has seen many families living on a single meal a day

A young Zimbabwean boy does his homeworks under a candle light in Harare on June 26, 2019. - Zimbabwe -- where the economy has recently lurched into a fresh bout of crisis -- introduced rotational power cuts of up to 19 hours a day earlier this year, forcing many to do their ironing or cooking in the dead of night. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

SC orders review of Meralco finances to come up with lower power rates

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The High Court directs the Energy Regulatory Commission to review Meralco's unbundled rates 'for determination of a reasonable and fair valuation of the regulatory asset base that will provide electricity to consumers in the least cost manner'

DOE asks oil companies to explain latest price adjustments

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Department of Energy says oil firms could have implemented even lower rates this week, but did not do so