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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

Crisis-hit Venezuela sets clocks ahead to save power

May 01, 2016 - 7:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Venezuela shifts its time ahead by 30 minutes as it deals with a massive electricity shortage

epa05280345 People participate during an event organized by the Venezuelan opposition collecting signatures as part of the process to seek a referendum to remove the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on 27 April 2016. Venezuela's National Election Council, or CNE, agreed on 26 April to initiate the process for convening a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro. The parties comprising the MUD opposition coalition now will have to collect the signatures of some 198,000 people - 1 percent of the country's 19.8 million registered voters - and later present about another 4 million for the CNE to set a date for the referendum. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

Meralco sees tight power supply in 2016

Dec 24, 2015 - 11:33 AM

Meralco is tapping an additional interim supply of around 240MW to avert a possible power supply problem especially during elections

POWER SUPPLY. 'Everybody is trying to avoid a scheduled shutdown during election. This may put some tightness in supply based on their maintenance schedule,' Meralco President Oscar Reyes says. File photo by Agence France-Presse

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

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

ADB: Private consumption to boost PH economy in 2015

Mar 24, 2015 - 5:22 PM

Factors that powered private consumption in 2014 will continue this year the Asian Development Bank says in a report as it forecasts 6 4 GDP growth for the country in 2015

ILP rules amended to include more participants

Mar 18, 2015 - 7:16 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission approves the governing rules to include non captive Meralco customers willing to volunteer for the Interruptible Load Program

Meralco lists 80 ILP participants to plug power shortage

Mar 11, 2015 - 1:18 PM

If successful the overall committed interruptible load for summer could reach 1 034 93MW exceeding the initial target for power reserves

Moderate inflation in Jan-Feb over port relief, stable peso

Mar 05, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Despite the slight uptick February’s inflation of 2 5 is still within the target for 2015 the country’s economic chief says

Malampaya shutdown starts March 15

Mar 05, 2015 - 1:49 PM

The Luzon grid is dependent on Malampaya thus the looming power shortage But the firm behind it says it would do its best to complete maintenance work ahead of the 30 day shutdown

Lack of long-term plans hinders PH infra dev't

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:32 PM

One factor businessmen say is the presidential term limit – a single term for 6 years – which leads to policy changes when a new leader takes over

Senate OKs Aquino’s 'special powers'

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:53 PM

As the summer months set in the Senate approves on final reading the joint resolution allowing the President to address power shortage

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

Over 1000MW power reserve ready for Luzon this summer

Feb 20, 2015 - 12:53 PM

The Interruptible Load Program will contribute the bulk of additional reserves

New wind farms to help bridge summer power shortage – WWF

Feb 07, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The new wind farms in Guimaras and Ilocos Norte have already contributed 300 MW to the country’s power supply the World Wide Fund for Nature says

'Evolutionary' measures needed to address PH power situation

Feb 06, 2015 - 4:48 PM

An energy specialist at the World Bank group says the Aquino administration can tap electric cooperatives to help address the country s power supply problems

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

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

Thin power reserves from January 26 to July 25

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:54 PM

Meralco says it needs additional capacity as power banked for the 7 month period falls below the required contingency reserves

Palace reiterates need for emergency powers

Jan 02, 2015 - 6:56 PM

The government is working on other options to mitigate the power shortage especially as summer nears as it awaits lawmakers action on its emergency powers request

Petilla: Implement ILP on yellow, not red alert

Dec 17, 2014 - 1:04 PM

It makes little sense to implement the Interruptible Load Program during a red alert when there is already insufficient power says the energy secretary

Roxas drops, 'Emergency' powers, Pope to shoppers | The wRap

Dec 11, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Mar Roxas’ not so winnable as his numbers drop President Aquino gets emergency powers to address the power shortage Pope Francis says boycott products made by modern day slaves

Malampaya consortium seeking extension until 2039

Nov 20, 2014 - 4:21 PM

The consortium wants a 15 year extension of its service contract

Senate panel proposes higher 2015 budget for DOE, ERC

Nov 19, 2014 - 5:49 PM

A Senate finance subcommittee has given the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority a caretaker budget of P40 million – from P251 million – for failing to generate its promised growth in the area

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY CHAIR. Senator Sergio Osmeña III at a Senate finance subcommittee hearing on the Apeco budget. File photo by Senate PRIB

DOE calls for 32 more ILP participants

Nov 18, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The energy department eyes 32 more firms to sign up for the Interruptible Load Program by December 1 in an attempt to address the looming power crisis in summer 2015

Petilla gives up hope on additional power generation bid

Nov 12, 2014 - 12:07 PM

The energy department is banking on 4 options to help avert a power shortage in 2015

'Manila should do better than Cebu in solving power shortage'

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:24 AM

I think ILP is a kind of solution where everyone loses a little bit They re happy losing a little bit for the sake of everyone says Visayan Electric Company CEO Sebastian Lacson of Cebu s experience with ILP after typhoon Yolanda

Osmeña computation shows no need for emergency powers

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:09 PM

There is an incredible amount of megawattage available The list shows 3 169 megawatts for Luzon for Generating units from 1 megawatt and above says Senate committee on energy chairman Sergio Osmeña III

ENERGY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. Senator Sergio Osmeña III chairs the Senate committee on energy. Rappler file photo

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

Miriam favors emergency powers for Aquino

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:41 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago says the emergency powers should be limited to 6 months

IN FAVOR: Senator Miriam Santiago says she will vote to give President Benigno Aquino III emergency power. Rappler file photo

Drilon: Can’t rush emergency powers for Aquino

Sep 17, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Congress needs to deliberate on the ‘parameters’ of the powers it will grant the President

File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Gov't warns of power shortage, addt'l charges amid PSALM's money woes

Aug 26, 2014 - 11:44 PM

PSALM warns a court s garnishment order will paralyze its operations preventing it to address the power shortage next year while the DOE says the order will result in additional charges for consumers

Petilla: No need for Aquino to invoke emergency powers if …

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:47 PM

… PSALM will be allowed to contract additional generation capacities to address the Luzon power crisis in 2015

DOE: Malampaya shutdown can no longer be moved

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:41 PM

The Interruptible Load Program and energy conservation are the best options so far to mitigate the looming power shortage the department says

NO TO RESCHEDULE. Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., the consortium running the Malampaya natural gas platform, has informed the Department of Energy that it could no longer reschedule the maintenance shutdown of the facility. Image from Sembcorp Marine website

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

Meralco gets ready for the looming power crisis

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:45 PM

As Malacañang mulls over a state of emergency declaration in the power sector Meralco has outlined steps it may take to help mitigate any power shortage in Luzon in 2015

GETTING READY. Meralco has already outlined action steps in response to the looming power crisis. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Jay Directo

Aquino keeps mum on emergency powers proposal in SONA

Jul 28, 2014 - 7:29 PM

Instead he says he has instructed Energy Secretary Petilla to coordinate with other agencies and stakeholders in addressing the looming power shortage

POWER SHORTAGE. President Benigno Aquino III discusses in his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 the looming blackouts Luzon is facing

German bank to help finance San Gabriel power plant

Jul 11, 2014 - 4:26 PM

First NatGas Power Corporation secures a 265 million export credit facility with KfW IPEX Bank of Germany for its natural gas fired power project in Batangas

CRUCIAL PLANT. President Benigno Aquino III says the 414-megawatt in San Gabriel power plant will be a crucial source of energy in Luzon. Malacañang Photo Bureau

How to solve Mindanao's power woes

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:06 PM

The Department of Energy identifies some short and long term solutions to address the power shortage in Mindanao

ENDING THE POWER SHORTAGE. DOE Secretary Jerichio Petilla identifies solutions to address the power supply problem of Mindanao. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Gov't will use Malaya plant to ensure summer power supply

Feb 06, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla says the government will run thermal power plant Malaya for up to 70 days to boost supply during the summer months

DISREGARD BILL. Meralco tells its customers to disregard their December 2013 bill after the Supreme Court temporarily stopped its power rate hike. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

San Gabriel Power Plant 'crucial' for Luzon – Aquino

Jan 14, 2014 - 5:54 PM

Between now and 2016 more companies are set to build in Luzon new plants which will generate about 2 412 megawatts of power the President says

CRUCIAL PLANT. President Benigno Aquino III says the 414-megawatt in San Gabriel power plant will be a crucial source of energy in Luzon. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Brillantes: PCOS can run during blackout

May 08, 2013 - 4:49 PM

PCOS machines can run even during a blackout the poll chief assures the public

In GenSan, power crisis for the Antoninos

May 02, 2013 - 7:30 AM

If there is one singular issue in which the Antoninos will sink or swim in the 2013 polls it is power – the commodity kind

Diesel-fired power plants underutilized in Mindanao

Apr 12, 2013 - 6:48 PM

PCCI suggests that diesel fired power plants be made baseload generators to augment the power supply in Mindanao

POWER COSTS. A worker repairs power lines in Iligan. Residents in Mindanao need to cough up more cash to get stable electricity supply. RAPPLER/John Javellana

Petilla: I accepted job because Aquino 'wants changes'

Nov 04, 2012 - 5:56 PM

The new energy chief wants to get a grip on the department before he makes any decisions

SWORN IN. Aquino and new Energy Secretary Jericho Rosales / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aboitiz to spend P170-B on power, mainly in Mindanao

May 25, 2012 - 9:31 AM

Amid a power shortage in Mindanao Aboitiz Power will be pouring funding into new generation projects in the southern Philippines

Energy Summit aims for consensus over Mindanao power issue

Apr 10, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Amid claims that the Energy Summit is a farce Malacañang assured the public that stakeholders would seek consensus