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PHINMA Energy eyes 45-megawatt solar plant in Batangas

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The company wins a solar service contract for the right to explore and develop a 486 hectare area in Batangas from the Department of Energy

Power consumers show force, seek reforms in energy industry

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The 1st National Summit of Electric Consumers gathers up to 5 000 attendees who collectively oppose any future plan to privatize or convert electric cooperatives into a government owned and controlled corporation

SHOW OF FORCE. The 1st National Summit of Electric Consumers gathers up to 5,000 attendees

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

Pacquiao on power rates: Why are consumers paying for system loss?

Aug 16, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao says dealing with high electricity bills is a burden for the Filipino people

Pacquiao asks DOE to protect nature: 'God wants man to be part of universe'

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao tells the Department of Energy to strike a balance between building more power plants and taking care of nature

May 2016 polls blamed for Luzon power blackouts

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Despite the recent blackouts in Luzon Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi assures the public there is no looming power crisis

2016 ELECTIONS. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the May 2016 polls is the main reason for the simultaneous shutdown of power plants causing blackouts in Luzon. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DMCI Power building new Palawan plant

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:28 PM

As of June 2016 only 5 400 of the 7 263 households in the municipality of Aborlan where the plant will be built have electricity connections

ELECTRICITY WOES. Aborlan is a first class municipality located 69 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City. Its population is estimated at over 32,000. File photo by Rappler

Japan's only working nuclear reactors can stay online

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A court rules that the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai power plant should be allowed to stay online

epa04412863 Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, 23 September 2014. Two reactors at the Sendai power plant, operated by Kyushu Electric, in Japan, passed new safety standards on 10 September, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear plants in the wake of the reactor meltdown at Fukushima, which followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan, US, France to team up on Fukushima cleanup – official

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Experts from the 3 countries will work to develop technologies for the major cleanup which could take up to 4 decades

epa05152387 Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, walk after they receive briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 10 February 2016. A group of foreign media visited to the plant, just a month before the fifth anniversary of the nuclear accident. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. EPA/TORU HANAI / POOL

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant impossible to revive – Marcos Jr

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The vice presidential candidate however says that setting up a nuclear power plant in the Philippines is still a viable and practical

Petilla: Give Competitive Selection Process a chance

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:26 PM

You need rules CSP is where everything is a level playing field and everybody competes other than just negotiates the former energy secretary and senatorial candidate says

RULES. Former Energy secretary and senatorial candidate Carlos Jericho Petilla says the Competitive Selection Process aims for balance between profit and public service in a market-driven energy sector.

Fukuoka: Showcasing Japan's shift to alternative energy

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The city on Kyushu Island boasts of having the first hydrogen town where all households are powered by hydrogen fuel cells

Japan ends nuclear shutdown 4 years after Fukushima

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The restart comes more than 4 years after a quake generated tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant

RESTARTED. An undated picture provided by Kyushu Electric Power Company on August 10, 2015 shows the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company/Handout/EPA

3-4 hours rotational blackouts in Davao City until August 2

Jul 31, 2015 - 2:25 PM

While the Davao Light and Power Company posts a schedule until Sunday August 2 it cannot project until when the periodic power outages will persist

Davao Light extends rotational blackouts to 2 hours

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:51 PM

An official of the Davao Light and Power Company says the firm is not sure until when the power shortage will last

'Access to energy is so important in the fight against poverty'

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:13 PM

Energy and the way we use it needs to be efficient sustainable and whenever possible renewable

WIND ENERGY. Photo from Google Blog.

In Batangas, a battle against coal

May 27, 2015 - 11:45 AM

If companies like JG Summit truly believe in securing energy independence for this country then dirty dirty coal has got to go

Mima Mendoza and Tony La Viña

Meralco gets ERC approval to source 64 MW of additional power

May 25, 2015 - 8:53 AM

Meralco’s IPSA agreements will result in reduced exposure to WESM and is predicted to lower consumers electricity rates

New team to add 250 MW of solar power to FIT race

May 20, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Solar Philippines and Citicore Power team up to provide 250 MW for the FIT allocation and beyond

Energy chief Petilla confirms resignation

Apr 29, 2015 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says no one pressured him to resign Petilla will not leave the agency until his suitable replacement is found

Palace: Energy conservation goes beyond Earth Hour

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:56 PM

As the Philippine government gears up for an expected ‘power crisis ’ the Palace reminds the public that energy conservation should go beyond Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2013. Lights go off for an hour in observance of Earth Hour. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Coal energy still most viable, for now

Mar 25, 2015 - 11:53 AM

The feed in tariff scheme which the government is banking on to promote renewable energy investments is not exactly investor friendly say industry experts

Aeta lolas to install solar-powered lamps in villages

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Dubbed solar lolas 4 Aeta grandmothers are back from India equipped with skills on installing solar powered lanterns

'SOLAR LOLAS.' (From left to right) Evelyn Clemente, Magda Salvador, Cita Diaz and Sharon Flores are back from India to share their knowledge on using the sun to power lanterns. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DOST in Cebu adds solar power charging kiosk for visitors

Mar 11, 2015 - 7:05 PM

The solar power charging kiosk can charge up to 20 mobile phones 10 rechargeable flashlights or a pair of laptops at a time

SOLAR POWER. The solar panel powering the charging kiosk sits atop the guard station of the DOST. Photo from DOST.

Meralco rates to spike in April and May

Mar 09, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The 30 day shutdown of the Malampaya facility and the higher demand for electricity during summer will cause higher electricity bills

Calamba hospital saves on costs with solar power

Feb 06, 2015 - 7:30 AM

What the Calamba Doctor s Hospital in Laguna has is possibly the largest renewable energy system to be powering a hospital in the country

SOLAR HOSPITAL. Officials at the Calamba Doctor's Hospital say its new solar panels will help promote the hospital as a 'green' hospital. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Meralco calls for more ILP participants

Feb 02, 2015 - 4:29 PM

The January 31 deadline ends but the utility firm is hopeful that more will sign up for the Interruptible Load Program as the dreaded power shortage in summer nears

Meralco's goal: An Internet company with a power business

Jan 29, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The utility firm’s launching of its Power Lab is a step closer to transform Meralco into a company that embraces the potentials of the Internet


Renewable energy law 6 years after: 650 contracts okayed

Dec 26, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Six years after the Philippines moves to cut its dependence on fossil fuel the country has more renewable energy projects

RENEWABLE ENERGY. The Philippines has aimed to cut its dependence on fossil fuel as energy source by introducing the Renewable Energy Act in 2008.

19 power lines in Visayas down due to Ruby

Dec 07, 2014 - 11:24 PM

4th UPDATE There are 19 power transmission lines still affected as of 11 pm Monday December 8

Photo from EPA

Solar-powered mass housing project to launch in Batangas

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Real estate Imperial Homes Corporation is set to develop Via Verde the first solar powered subdivision in Santo Tomas Batangas

Senate puts on hold hearings on emergency powers

Nov 17, 2014 - 5:57 PM

The national budget is the priority now Senator Sergio Osmeña III says

Petron net income down 26% in Jan-Sept

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:26 PM

The drop is due to the continuous fall in crude prices in the third quarter of 2014

ERC okays Meralco sub-station expansion in BGC

Nov 05, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The Manila Electric Company’s planned P253 53 million sub station expansion aims to address the capacity deficiency at Bonifacio Global City

San Miguel eyes aggressive expansion in energy industry

Nov 04, 2014 - 4:16 PM

SMC president Ramon S Ang also says the conglomerate is seriously looking at Lafarge Republic’s assets and that it was excluded from the shortlist of bidders for the acquisition of UK s United Biscuits

Wanted: Renewable energy investors in far-flung areas

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:14 PM

Renewable energy can help bring electricity and with it development to 4 million households in remote parts of the country

Aquino: Special powers to help gov't 'prepare for the worst'

Oct 22, 2014 - 2:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he is the type who plans for the worst and hopes for the best and insists the government needs more options to avert a looming power crisis

Palace: We’ve been honest about energy crisis

Oct 21, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Malacañang defends itself a day after the House committee on energy said the Department of Energy s projections of an impending power crisis were untruthful

Biomass firm Green Power to raise P290M from IPO

Oct 20, 2014 - 2:57 PM

The company developing a 35 megawatt biomass power plant is the 4th firm planning to hold an initial public offering this year

Petilla: Even with ILP, brownouts to persist in summer 2015

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:10 AM

Energy chief Carlos Jericho Petilla says that even if the Interruptible Load Program is in place brownouts are likely to occur but ‘not severe’

Meralco: Gen charge up for September

Oct 05, 2014 - 12:42 PM

The increase will be reflected in the October bills of the firm s customers

A service vehicle drives past the head office of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), 14 January 2003 in Manila, the flagship of the business group of the influential Lopez family in the Philippines. Meralco is marking its centennial this year but the Lopez group of companies, which include light, water and entertainment firms, is still trying to recover from the effects of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. AFP PHOTO/Romeo GACAD

Malampaya gas field can fuel plants after 2030

Sep 29, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Studies show the Malampaya consortium can draw natural gas longer than expected Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says

Meralco taps additional 400-MW capacity for summer 2015

Sep 26, 2014 - 4:47 PM

The utility firm says it is now firming negotiations with power producers to help address the supply deficiency in Luzon

Aquino asks Congress for powers to solve power shortage

Sep 16, 2014 - 2:50 PM

The joint resolution needs the concurrence of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it can be approved

Gov’t pushes for Malaya power plant rehab

Sep 14, 2014 - 5:59 PM

The rehabilitation of the power plant will provide additional capacity to the Luzon grid which is expected to undergo power shortages by March 2015

It’s still the economy, stupid

Sep 13, 2014 - 4:30 PM

If the administration fails to resolve problems that may hamper the economy the President s endorsement may become a kiss of death in 2016

'PH can rely on renewable energy as stable power source'

Sep 07, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Petilla says the Philippines can rely on renewable energy in the face of fluctuating global oil prices and threats to energy security

PSALM approves rehab of Malaya plant

Aug 20, 2014 - 8:43 AM

The rehabilitation of the Malaya Unit 1 will help plug the anticipated power supply deficiency next year

DOE: No plant shutdowns in summer 2015

Aug 17, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The scheduled shutdown of the Malampaya plant next year however can no longer be moved

Power, banking units pull down Aboitiz Equity earnings in H1

Jul 31, 2014 - 4:46 PM

The company s consolidated net income falls 9 year on year