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The problems in power distribution are due to outdated facilities in the islands off mainland Cebu

Venezuela limps back to normal after another blackout

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Nicolas Maduro denounces what he says is a 'criminal attack against tranquility and peace of the homeland'

POWER CUT. People are seen in a street of Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela, on July 22, 2019 as parts in the country, including the capital Caracas, were hit by a massive power cut. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Huge power outage that plunged Manhattan into darkness ends

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) About 42,000 Manhattan residents were affected by the blackout that happened on Saturday, July 13

BLACKOUT. A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness from above during a major power outage on July 13, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of New Yorkers are without power as a major outage left portions of Manhattan, including Times Square and the Upper West Side in the dark and disrupting subway service across the city. Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP.

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

Argentina, Uruguay restoring power after massive blackout

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 AM

(UPDATED) It is the first time a power cut had affected the entirety of both Argentina, with a population of more than 44 million, and Uruguay, which has 3.4 million inhabitants

WORKING BY CANDLELIGHT. Photo released by Noticias Argentinas showing a man working by candle light at a bakery during a power cut in Buenos Aires on June 16, 2019. Photo by Juan Vargas/AFP

Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula experience power outage

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says the 'intentional toppling of vegetation under the Baloi-Agus 2 transmission line resulted in the loss of power over vast areas in Northeastern and Northwestern Mindanao'

POWER OUTAGE. Northern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula experienced a power outage on November 8, 2018. Photo of power line by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Schools closed, flights delayed after second day of UK snowfall

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:56 PM

The last time Britain saw this much heavy snow nationwide was in March 2013, and during the winter of 2010

HEAVY SNOWFALL. A car drives slowly through the fog and snow on one of the rural roads in Derbyshire, northern England on December 10, 2017. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

Bohol experiences power outage

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Initial information shows that lightning strikes may be involved says the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

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

Palawan suffers daily rotational blackouts

May 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The Palawan Electric Cooperative says independent power producers are unable to stabilize the energy supply but two of these IPPs have no penalty clause in their contracts

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperation (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

LIST: Power outages due to Tropical Depression Auring

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The NGCP says that the loss of power in areas hit by the tropical depression may be caused by its affected transmission facilities or distribution facilities of local distribution utilities or electric cooperatives

AFTER AURING. Power lines on a street in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte are down. Photo by Perry Paul Lamanilao

#NinaPH: Areas with power outages

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Areas in Calabarzon Mimaropa and Bicol experienced blackouts during the onslaught of Typhoon Nina Nock ten

Satellite image as of December 26, 5 am. Satellite image courtesy of NOAA

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

Meralco: Power distribution network '96% ready' for elections

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The utility firm also says it has contingency measures in case of blackouts on May 9

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

Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The former transportation chief says it s only right that Malacañang sanction officials liable for the 5 hour power outage at NAIA 3

SHOULD HEADS ROLL? LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas says responsible officials should be sanctions for the NAIA blackout. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Power back in NAIA Terminal 3 after 5-hour outage

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:27 AM

UPDATED Airport authorities Meralco now investigating root of blackout which has caused flight delays

POWER BACK UP. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Cancelled flights due to NAIA Terminal 3 power outage

Apr 03, 2016 - 1:21 AM

UPDATED Cebu Pacific says its flights and ground operations are back to normal as of 7:30 pm Sunday

NAIA Terminal 3 photo from Wikimedia Commons

Power outage hits NAIA Terminal 3

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:04 PM

6th UPDATE Operations at the terminal are affected by the blackout as departures and arrivals are also said to be on hold Passengers with delayed flights are advised to call their airlines immediately for options

STRANDED. Passengers at the NAIA Terminal 3 are on standby on Sunday, April 3. Photo by @gruby_ak via Twitter

Sri Lanka suffers worst blackout in 20 years

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:51 AM

UPDATED Ceylon Electricity Board s chief Anura Wijepala offers to resign over this latest power outage

epa05209504 A young man continbues his studies at candle light during an electricity blackou in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 March 2016. Sri Lanka has experienced three island wide major blackouts which were also accompanied by cuts in the water system in the past six month forcing the Ceylon Electricity Board chairman to resign from his post. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

Nueva Ecija towns to experience 9-hour brownout March 10

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The NGCP says the areas that will be affected by the 8 am to 5 pm power interruption are the areas serviced by the San Jose City Electric Cooperative the Pantabangan Municipal Electric Services and the Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative NEECO Area 1


LIST: Power outages due to Typhoon Nona

Dec 16, 2015 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED 9 transmission lines and facilities in Luzon and 2 in the Visayas are still undergoing restoration the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says

RESTORATION. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says inspection and restoration of lines in the affected areas will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows.

Typhoon Lando: List of power outages

Oct 18, 2015 - 12:58 PM

UPDATED Here is a list of restored power and communication lines in Luzon after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the region

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

Olongapo City to have 5-hour power outage

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:35 PM

At least 17 barangays will have no electricity on June 7 from 8 am to 1 pm

Several power plants on maintenance shutdown in June-July

May 26, 2015 - 5:12 PM

The Manila Electric Company says that with enough reserves power outages are unlikely to happen during the shutdown

Samar to experience more power outages

May 04, 2015 - 5:08 PM

This is due to the ongoing restoration and rehabilitation projects of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

Portions of Mindanao grid normalized after Easter blackout

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:19 PM

NGCP says its isolating procedures began restoring power to portions of the grid half an hour after the blackout

Portions of Mindano Grid totally normalized following island wide blackout on Easter Sunday

ERC requires real-time reporting of power outages

Apr 26, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Gencos must send an SMS report of an unplanned outage and notify the ERC at least 10 days before a planned outage

ERC requires gencos to provide real-time reporting of planned and unplanned outages

Turkey in the dark over mega power cut

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:37 PM

The disorder is a major blow for the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

IN THE DARK. People walk at Istiklal Street in front of closed stores after a major power cut at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey 31 March 2015. Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey grinds to halt after massive power cut

Mar 31, 2015 - 8:41 PM

It is confirmed to have hit 49 of the country s total 81 provinces Energy Minister Taner Yildiz also says the authorities are investigating whether the power outage is due to a technical failure or a cyber attack

IN THE DARK. People walk at Istiklal Street in front of closed stores after a major power cut at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey 31 March 2015. Sedat Suna/EPA

Monday blackouts in parts of Metro Manila

Mar 22, 2015 - 3:33 PM

Parts of Parañaque Pasay Manila Makati and Las Piñas will experience power outages on Monday

Rotating power outages hit Metro Cebu

Feb 20, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The power outages within Veco s franchise area mostly in the urban centers of Cebu province are expected to last for one to two hours

Blackout hits Cebu

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:06 AM

The Visayan Electric Company Veco says a connection problem in Leyte caused it

DOE hopes for the best as Luzon reserves dwindle

Jan 22, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Several power plants are offline but thankfully the demand is still manageable that no outages are reported yet in the region

What you need to know about going solar

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:39 AM

With the upcoming power crisis here’s why solar energy presents a solution

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

Power restored in #MarioPH-hit areas - NGCP

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:36 PM

Outages experienced in some parts of Metro Manila are no longer related to the tropical storm s aftermath Meralco says

RESCUE. Barangay hall employees and volunteers check on residents in flooded areas in Marikina City. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

50,000 Meralco customers still in the dark

Sep 20, 2014 - 5:10 PM

A total of 54 215 Meralco customers in Metro Manila Rizal and Bulacan still have no power supply as of Saturday noon September 20

#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

Power interruptions to worsen due to right-of-way violators, NGCP warns

Aug 28, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Despite warnings residents intentionally plant trees along the power lines causing outages the National Grid of Corporation of the Philippines says

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

Rappler Newscast | July 30, 2014

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Philippines faces power crisis in 2015 PH military apologizes for coup scare After Haiyan: 14 500 survivors still live in tents

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