Electricity

Duterte signs electrification EO

Published by rudy Date posted on December 12, 2021

by Alexis Romero – The Philippine Star, 12 Dec 2021 MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) instituting measures to ensure consistent and reliable electricity service in inadequately served areas, including transferring the power to take over the operations of ailing electric cooperatives to the Office of the President.

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The importance of Malampaya: A story of power

Published by rudy Date posted on November 9, 2021

by Iris Gonzales – The Philippine Star, 9 Nov 2021 (Last of three parts) MANILA, Philippines — The Malampaya deep water gas-to-power project is the biggest success story in the Philippine energy sector as it signaled the birth of the natural gas industry in the country.

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Five trends reshaping European power markets

Published by rudy Date posted on October 22, 2021

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PHL needs flexible power plants amid rotating outages

Published by rudy Date posted on June 7, 2021

By Angelica Y. Yang, Reporter, 7 Jun 2021 THE Philippines needs to shift to flexible power plants and renewables, according to some experts, after rotating “brownouts” hit parts of Luzon last week.

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ERC orders Meralco to refund P13.8 billion to customers

Published by rudy Date posted on February 19, 2021

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Spike in national average power rate blamed on PHL’s coal dependence

Published by rudy Date posted on September 17, 2020

by INQUIRER.net, 17 Sep 2020 MANILA — The Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED) said Thursday the country’s dependence on coal power has actually driven power prices higher, as seen in the recent spike in electricity prices.

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PH to generate more coal energy amid climate change threat: report

Published by rudy Date posted on November 22, 2019

by Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News, 22 Nov 2019 MANILA – The Philippines will likely be further dependent on coal in the next several years despite facing serious threats of climate change, according to environmental group Greenpeace Philippines.

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Microgrid Systems Act pushed to boost 100% electrification bid

Published by rudy Date posted on May 6, 2019

By: Daphne Galvez, INQUIRER.net, May 06, 2019 MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is seeking to spur the microgrid system development in unserved and underserved areas across the country in line with the government’s target of 100 percent electrification in rural areas by 2022.

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A chart that helps explain why we have power plants conking out at the worse possible time.

Published by rudy Date posted on April 29, 2019

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Murang Kuryente bill deemed not enough to lower power cost

Published by rudy Date posted on January 28, 2019

by Danessa Rivera, The Philippine Star, Jan 28, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — Civil society groups have called for the overhaul of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001, saying the current energy reforms are not enough to reduce the high cost of electricity.

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No more ‘business as usual’ for electricity in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on April 30, 2018

By Eddie O’ Connor,, BusinessWorld, Apr 30, 2018 AS the economy in the Philippines continues to grow, energy demand races ahead. Recent analysis by the Asia Development Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) suggests that energy consumption will grow by 40% by 2025, with an 85% increase in energy demand for electricity.

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Meralco to hike rates by P1.08/kWh in Feb

Published by rudy Date posted on February 8, 2018

BY JORDEENE LAGARE, THE MANILA TIMES, Feb 8, 2018 AFTER two consecutive months of declines, electricity rates will go up by P1.08 per kilowatt hour (kWh) this February to account for higher generation charges, listed power distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said.

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Trouble after trouble for PH power sector

Published by rudy Date posted on January 7, 2018

BY JORDEENE SHEEX LAGARE, Manila Times, Jan 7, 2018 2018 wasn’t trouble-free for the Philippine power sector, which — after a relatively run of the mill legal dispute over planned reforms — saw controversies right up to the end of the year.

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Philippine electricity rates still highest in Southeast Asia

Published by rudy Date posted on August 25, 2017

By Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star), Aug 25, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Philippine power rates remain one of the highest in Southeast Asia as of end-2016 due to continued lack of government subsidies, latest Department of Energy (DOE) data showed.

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Last of the loot

Published by rudy Date posted on February 23, 2017

By: Conrado Banal – @inquirerdotnet, Feb 23, 2017 This is a tough one: At this very moment we are staring at another awful increase in electricity rates of at least 16 centavos per kwh. It comes in a special package called FIT (feed in tariff), the subsidy the government applies on power projects called REs…

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High power cost weighs down Philippine competitiveness

Published by rudy Date posted on November 1, 2016

By Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star), November 1, 2016 Experts at a recent forum said electricity is the biggest expense for industrial firms, accounting for about a fourth of total costs. MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will continue to lag in global competitiveness unless government addresses the country’s high power cost – considered among the…

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Avoiding a power supply crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on July 1, 2016

by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star), July 1, 2016 Today is the first day of the Duterte administration and there is a mountain range of high expectations. The past administration is leaving behind a number of crisis situations and new ones seem to be erupting every day. Over the last month, there had been five…

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Liberalizing the power sector, one slow painful step at a time

Published by rudy Date posted on June 23, 2016

By Rey Gamboa (The Philippine Star), June 23, 2016, http://www.philstar.com/business/2016/06/23/1595612/liberalizing-power-sector-one-slow-painful-step-time The 15-year-old Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) continues to test the nation’s patience. Amidst calls for its repeal, one thing stands out: EPIRA has still failed to bring down power rates in the country.

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Longer blackouts loom in Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on January 1, 2016

Mindanao faces the prospect of longer rotational blackouts at the start of the year as worsening right-of-way (ROW) issues continue to stall restoration work on bombed towers, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said.

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One- to four-hour rotational brownouts hit Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on July 22, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Mindanao is experiencing rotational brownouts from an average of 1-4 hours due to the lower water level of dams, according to the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC).

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23 new power plants to go online by 2020

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2015

By Iris C. Gonzales (The Philippine Star), June 15, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will have 23 new coal-fired power plants by 2020, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said.

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13 power players found liable for ‘market abuse’

Published by rudy Date posted on June 2, 2015

MANILA (UPDATE) – After waiting for more than a year, the investigating unit of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) found 13 power players liable for market abuse for withholding supply that led to a hefty spike in the spot market.

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Power demand to outpace supply in 5 years – EIU

Published by rudy Date posted on May 22, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Demand for power will outpace supply in the Philippines in the next five years as regulatory and bureaucratic uncertainties persist, a report by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) said.

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More blackouts loom in Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on April 8, 2015

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – More and longer blackouts are expected in Mindanao in the coming weeks, an official said yesterday. “The situation is generally back to normal as the system regains stability, but derated capacity from Agus Hydroelectric Power Complex due to low water levels is expected during summer,” said Romeo Montenegro, assistant director of…

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Published by rudy Date posted on October 23, 2014

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House panel rejects Noy’s emergency powers

Published by rudy Date posted on October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino will not get the kind of emergency powers he wants Congress to grant him to deal with a supposed electricity shortage in Luzon in the summer of 2015, the chairman of the House energy committee said yesterday.

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ERC lays groundwork for permanent price cap at WESM

Published by rudy Date posted on September 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is laying the groundwork to put in place a permanent mitigating measure at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), the country’s trading floor for electricity.

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D.O.E. officials told: Seek other options to avert electricity shortage

Published by rudy Date posted on September 10, 2014

A lawmaker on Wednesday said that Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla and other energy officials must first exhaust all options under the authority and powers of the executive department and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act before asking President Aquino to seek emergency powers from Congress to solve the looming power crisis in the…

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‘Unstable’ PHL power supply seen to cut H2 export growth

Published by rudy Date posted on September 10, 2014

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) warned that if the instability of the country’s power supply will continue, the Philippines’s export growth may be affected for the rest of 2014.

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Napocor contests P60-b settlement

Published by rudy Date posted on September 8, 2014

State-owned National Power Corp. said Monday it will appeal the order of the Supreme Court to settle P60.2 billion worth of backwages of former employees, saying it will affect the company’s finances and operation.

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