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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

Duterte says he'll 'quarrel' with China if it shuts down PH power

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

But the Philippine leader thinks China won't do such a thing because it would damage the Asian giant's reputation and because it sees its stake in the NGCP as a business

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the awarding ceremony for the 2019 Model Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Supreme Court orders bidding of power company deals signed after June 2015

May 06, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) Distribution utilities like Meralco are now compelled to enter into a competitive selection process instead of their prior self-negotiated deals which advocates say could burden consumers for 20 years

POWER DEALS. The Supreme Court orders all power deals signed after June 30, 2015, to undergo a competitive selectiion process. Photo by Rappler

Meralco a step closer to bagging Ghana power deal

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:05 PM

Meralco is expected to operate and manage Electricity Company of Ghana Limited, which supplies 80% of the population of Ghana

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

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Puerto Princesa gov't eyes lawsuit vs power distributor

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Kailangang may managot dito Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron says in an emergency meeting with local officials and private sector representatives on the frequent power outages in the Palawan capital

POWER SUPPLY WOES. (R-L) Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Provincial Legal Counsel TJ Mata, and local business leader Arjie Lim at a news briefing on July 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

AboitizPower explores Myanmar, Indonesia amid PH power oversupply

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:15 PM

With the current situation the Philippines second largest power producer by capacity says local firms can only grow by expanding outside the country or buying out competitors

GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES. AboitizPower is doing feasibility studies in Myanmar and Indonesia for possible hydropower projects. Rappler file photo

SC stops DOE, ERC from limiting major power consumers' supply choices

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The Supreme Court says there appears to be no basis for the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to require major power consumers to source their electricity only from certain suppliers

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

Mindanao power supply sufficient on election day

May 07, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Supply availability in the Mindanao grid is assured at least three days before and three days after the elections according to the Mindanao Development Authority

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

DOE: No need for emergency powers on election day

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:23 PM

Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada insists that the supply situation is under control

No power interruptions in Cebu on May 9 – DOE

Apr 23, 2016 - 10:00 AM

May 9 is a holiday and the day before it is a Sunday so the city has more electricity reserve says the Department of the Energy

Taking renewable energy seriously: 5 challenges for next president

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:39 PM

Globally the winds of change are blowing and there are signs that transitioning to renewable energy is underway The next president must chart a low carbon future

NGCP tower in North Cotabato bombed anew

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:32 PM

This is the third bombing of NGCP towers this year and the second for the same tower

Blackout hits parts of Mindanao after bombing of NGCP tower

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The NGCP says it will begin restoration activities as soon as the area is secured by government forces

Gas well found in Isabela

Jul 03, 2015 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED An energy official says it is too early to determine if the discovery is commercially viable

Dev't agency wants Lake Lanao excluded from Bangsamoro

Apr 24, 2015 - 2:30 PM

MinDA says it will be difficult for the agency to manage the lake which helps supply Mindanao s electricity if it will be under an autonomous regional gov t

DEVELOPMENT. Does the proposed Bangsamoro region jeopardize Mindanao development plans? MinDA chief Luwalhati Antonino replies with 'That’s why we have to exclude Lake Lanao from BBL.' Photo by Gualberto Laput, Rappler

PH won’t renew work visas of Chinese experts in NGCP

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says the 18 Chinese technical experts will be replaced by Filipinos after their working visas valid until July expire

Meralco rates spike in February

Feb 10, 2015 - 5:23 PM

This month’s billing includes the Feed in Tariff a uniform charge to all on grid electricity consumers nationwide as mandated by the Renewable Energy Act of 2008

Meralco to tap 529MW from interim power supply deals

Nov 13, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Meralco stretches its existing interim contracts with power generating companies until July 2015 to minimize outages starting summer 2015

House to approve joint reso on special powers this month

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:14 PM

The chairman of the House Committee on Energy says that as far as the House is concerned it will approve in October the joint resolution seeking special powers for President Aquino to avert a power crisis in 2015

Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

AES Philippines Inc is planning to introduce battery energy storage in the country hopefully soon to help ease the summer 2015 power crisis

Aquino vows: Special powers only for energy shortage

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:48 AM

President Benigno Aquino III assures concerned sectors and the public that government intervention will not distort the energy market

CLIMATE FUNDS NEEDED. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during United Nation Climate Change Summit held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

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

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

#GlendaPH: Rehab funds needed for country's arts high school

Aug 13, 2014 - 7:22 AM

Almost a month since Typhoon Glenda made landfall in the country the Philippine High School for the Arts PHSA is still running on generators

Meralco: No more rotational brownouts for now

Jul 19, 2014 - 3:26 PM

Meralco says the power supply situation has improved but does not rule out implementing the scheme if necessary

Luzon power supply returns to normal

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Declaring a “power crisis” following the weekend brownouts is now under study Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says

Luzon on red alert over insufficient power supply

Jul 12, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Brownouts of up to 3 hours occur in Luzon as some power plants go offline

Meralco to renew interim power supply agreements

Jun 29, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The extension of the power supply agreements comes as Luzon expects tight energy supply due to scheduled outages of several power plants

Angry protests in India's capital over power blackouts

Jun 11, 2014 - 4:25 PM

Power outages mainly in northern India have been triggered by a spike in demand as temperatures soar leaving a dilapidated electricity infrastructure unable to cope

Drilling for $180-M Mindoro geothermal project starts July

Jun 06, 2014 - 1:12 PM

The geothermal plant is set to give cheap renewable energy source to the blackout prone island

PEC borrows P33.3B to build Pagbilao Unit 3

May 16, 2014 - 3:47 PM

An omnibus agreement has been signed with a consortium of lender banks for loans and credit accommodations to finance the construction of Unit 3 of the coal fired plant

Pagbilao plant

Aquino asks public to be mindful of power use amid tight supply

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:28 PM

He says it is up to us to ease the situation

Rappler Newscast | April 15, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Luzon power supply tight till Wednesday MILF slams military for disrupting peace Washington Post The Guardian share Pulitzer for NSA coverage

DOE outlines measures to lessen Mindanao brownouts

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Acting on the President s instructions the Department of Energy introduces 3 concrete measures that would provide additional capacity which the DOE hopes will lessen the frequency and duration of rotating brownouts

POWER SHORTAGE. Mindanao continues to experience shortfall in power supply after the February 27 massive blackout. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

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

Rappler Newscast | February 6, 2014

Feb 06, 2014 - 8:26 PM

Malacañang defends Aquino’s Hitler comment Gov t to use Malaya plant for continuous power supply UP Ateneo will move start of classes to August

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

New geothermal plant to pull down power rates in Mindoro

Feb 02, 2014 - 4:36 PM

A power supply agreement is currently being negotiated for EPI to supply the power requirements of the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative

'Luzon Q1 power supply sufficient but...'

Jan 03, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Demand for power lowest in first 3 months of the year reaches peak during summer

Bright Christmas for quake-hit Bohol – Aquino

Nov 28, 2013 - 6:52 PM

Its power lines destroyed by an earthquake in October and a super typhoon in November Bohol will have power supply back before Christmas the gov t promises

RUINS. The ruins of the San Vicente Parish in Maribojoc, Bohol, 20 October 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Entertainment City to need own power supply

Sep 11, 2013 - 5:10 PM

Pagcor Entertainment City is projected to require power demand of up to 30 megavolt ampere MVA per year from 2013 to 2016

POWER HUNGRY. The casino and entertainment complex in Manila Bay will have a vast power demand. File photo by AFP

Electricity restored in Albay

Jul 31, 2013 - 3:41 PM

UPDATE PEMC says Albay could still face another blackout if the debt ridden Albay Electric Cooperative doesn t start repaying its bills within the week

Province-wide blackout in Albay due to P4-B unpaid bills

Jul 30, 2013 - 8:53 PM

The electric supply to the province was cut off at noon Tuesday – affecting at least 160 000 households – due to nearly P4 billion in unpaid bills

Politics behind P30-B power coops' debt to Psalm?

Jul 15, 2013 - 10:27 AM

The government will not condone the reportedly ballooning debts of electric cooperatives says Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla

POWER AND DEBTS. The energy chief says the government will not condone the debts electric cooperatives owe state agencies. Photo by AFP