Electricity

DoE graft, incompetence behind power crisis — Erap

Published by rudy Date posted on April 10, 2010

Former President Joseph Estrada, the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard bearer, yesterday expressed sheer frustration over the current power crisis the country is being hit with, what with daily two-hour brownouts being experienced in Metro Manila and, worse, with longer brownouts in Mindanao and the Visayas.

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More blackouts, power rate increase on the way

Published by rudy Date posted on April 9, 2010

HOUSEHOLDS and businesses in Metro Manila and Luzon are likely to continue suffering blackouts for the next two weeks and must pay more for the power they consume.

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Mindanao malls, factories to shut down for 3 days

Published by rudy Date posted on April 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Malls and industries in Mindanao may have to temporarily shut down or at least slow down operations so that enough power could be harnessed and saved to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during the election period.

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8 coops want 75-25 power sharing

Published by rudy Date posted on April 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Eight rural electric power cooperatives in the Visayas have called on the national government to honor its standing 75-25 agreement in sharing power with its energy-generating facility, if only to end daily two-hour blackouts in the region.

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ERC sets installed generating capacity, market share limits

Published by rudy Date posted on April 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has issued a resolution setting the 2010 installed generating capacity and market share limitations in the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids and the national grid to level up the playing field in the power industry. 

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PSALM to sell 2 hydro plants

Published by rudy Date posted on April 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) will push through with the privatization of the Agus and Pulangui hydroelectric power plants.

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Scrutinize earnings of power generation firms

Published by rudy Date posted on March 31, 2010

The Manila Electric Co. and other power distribution utilities are the usual whipping boys whenever there is a spike in our electric bills.

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Mindanao opposes night operations

Published by rudy Date posted on March 31, 2010

Businessmen in Mindanao believe that shifting to nighttime operations to save on electricity may not be feasible.

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More power cooperatives improve operations in 2009 – NEA

Published by rudy Date posted on March 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – With the help of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), more electric cooperatives (ECs) made marked improvements in more electric cooperatives on their financial and technical performance last year.

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Floating power plants help ease Mindanao power shortfall

Published by rudy Date posted on March 29, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Power barges PB 117 and PB 118 have been in full operation from the very first day that AboitizPower Corp. assumed their full ownership this year and have been used to help ease the electricity shortfall in Mindanao.

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More people seen leaving Mindanao due to drought, brownouts

Published by rudy Date posted on March 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY—Drought equals brownouts equals bad economy equals migration.

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Malacañang orders EPIRA review

Published by rudy Date posted on March 24, 2010

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday ordered the Department of Energy to review the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) in a bid to curb the looming power crisis in the country.

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No relief in sight on Mindanao power crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – With barely two months left before election time, the government still has not come up with concrete plans to solve the Mindanao power problem.

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Mindanao traders complain about rising power bills

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Mindanao-based businessmen are complaining that their electricity bill has gone up despite the five to six hours brownout a day.

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Board of Investments mulls incentives for importation of power generators

Published by rudy Date posted on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The government is now looking at fast tracking the 2010 investments priorities plan (IPP) in order to mitigate the power crisis in Mindanao by providing incentives to the importation of generators, the Board of Investments (BOI) said.

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Power, power, power

Published by rudy Date posted on March 21, 2010

IF THE Philippine government took to heart the lessons learned from the past, these power shortages would not have happened. While the worsening power supply situation had been attributed to the breakdown of several facilities, scheduled maintenance shutdowns and the El Niño weather disturbance, Francisco L. Viray believes that these outages are also rooted on…

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Firms move to augment power shortage in South

Published by rudy Date posted on March 20, 2010

POWER industry players are taking steps to augment the electricity supply in Mindanao. A German-backed consortium operating a coal-fired power plant on the island is looking at expanding its capacity amid the region’s power crisis.

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Gov’t OKs plan to ease power crisis in Vis-Min

Published by rudy Date posted on March 17, 2010

Agency urges enactment of energy conservation law MANILA, Philippines–The Energy Regulatory Commission has agreed to implement a so-called interruptible load program as a stop-gap measure to alleviate the current power crisis in Visayas and Mindanao.

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Leased power plants to cost $200m

Published by rudy Date posted on March 16, 2010

PRIVATE power distributors will lease diesel-powered generators to produce 200 megawatts of electricity a day in Mindanao to add to the grid, which has been producing less power than needed as a result of a drought, an official said Monday.

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Napocor violates water protocol – MWSS

Published by rudy Date posted on March 16, 2010

With Angat dam nearing its critical level, the state-run Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System (MWSS) has warned of a “double whammy” crisis in Metro Manila when the dam’s power component is privatized in April.

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Power Crisis: Real, contrived or God-given?

Published by rudy Date posted on March 15, 2010

What should electricity consumers believe of the brownouts, yellow and red alerts and invocation of emergency powers supposedly to address the power crisis?

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House leader bats for full implementation of Epira to solve power problem

Published by rudy Date posted on March 11, 2010

Saying that emergency powers are not needed, Deputy House Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella said yesterday the creeping power outages threatening the country, especially Mindanao, could have been avoided had the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001 been faithfully implemented.

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Trade Union Congress joins drive vs plan to privatize Agus complex

Published by rudy Date posted on March 11, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines/11 March 2010 by Mike Baños—The largest workers’ party in the country, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP),  has joined the bandwagon calling on all Mindanaoans to vigorously oppose the privatization of the Agus-Pulangi Hydroelectric Complex.

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Power-short Mindanao may have to stagger work hours

Published by rudy Date posted on March 10, 2010

THE government will encourage companies in Mindanao, where power outages are happening daily, to shift their working hours at night when demand for electricity is lower, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said Tuesday.

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Review, amend Epira

Published by rudy Date posted on March 10, 2010

PLDT not only stands for the country’s biggest phone company, said Ariel Ayala of Radio Veritas on Saturday.

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Electric bills to balloon this month

Published by rudy Date posted on March 10, 2010

Pass-through charges to increase by P200-P400 Already saddled with erratic power supply, customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) would also have to bear a hefty spike in their electric bill because of a surge in the utility’s power cost.

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Consumer group doubts power supply crisis in Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on March 7, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – EmPower Consumers Alliance has raised doubts on government‘s pronouncements of a power supply crisis in Mindanao, saying it could be a play to force the use of nuclear energy and raise power rates.

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Solons, exporters back extra powers

Published by rudy Date posted on March 5, 2010

Two opposition lawmakers—Reps. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro and Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan del Sur—joined 120 exporters in expressing support for President Arroyo’s declaration of a power crisis in Mindanao and sought ways to end the daily outages up to 12 hours in some parts.

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TUCP opposes Agus-Pulangi proposed sale

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2010

The party-list group Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP) is strongly opposing the proposed sale of the six Agus-Pulangi hydro power plants in Mindanao to the private sector.

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RP may lose investments due to power crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The country is in danger of losing investments as the business community expressed grave concern on the worsening power crisis in the country.

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