Entire RP power grid unstable – National Grid Corp

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The entire Philippine grid – not just Mindanao – has turned out to be unstable, with power plants bogging down one after another. In a report, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said reserves in the Luzon and the Visayas grids normalized on Tuesday only to get depleted again yesterday.

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Mindanao power shortage worsens

Published by rudy Date posted on March 3, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The power deficiency in Mindanao has doubled, raising fears of longer blackouts as well as massive business disruptions. The surge in Mindanao’s power deficiency to 578 megawatts (MW) came as electricity supply in Luzon and the Visayas started to normalize yesterday.

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Incompetence cause of power outages — Fernando

Published by rudy Date posted on February 27, 2010

Bagumbayan vice presidential bet Bayani Fernando said poor engineering and the incompetence of government officials are to blame for the frequent power outages nationwide.

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Published by rudy Date posted on February 21, 2010

I did not quite get Rep. Rufus Rodriguez’s point when he asked the President to declare a state of emergency in Mindanao due to the rotating brownouts.

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Low power imperials Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on February 18, 2010

A prolonged dry spell is expected to further worsen the already critical power supply in southern Mindanao, a power firm executive said on Wednesday.

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Brownouts to hit Luzon

Published by rudy Date posted on February 12, 2010

Power supply in Mindanao, Visayas critical A lack of power supply hovers above the whole of the country’s main island of Luzon because of power-plant outages blamed on maintenance shutdown, technical problems and low water levels from the El Niño phenomenon.

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Hot ‘kuryentipid’ tips

Published by rudy Date posted on February 9, 2010

Dinner by candle-light on Valentine’s Day? Ah, wouldn’t that be so romantic? Yes, but only if you’re dining at some fine restaurant and not eating at home, where the power has suddenly been cut off because you can’t pay your electric bill. And the light of your life has blown her fuse and is now…

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High tribunal upholds state control of co-ops

Published by rudy Date posted on February 8, 2010

The National Electric Administration has the authority to designate its officials and employees to electric co-operatives provided that they do not collect allowances or monetary benefits from these private enterprises.

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Daddy, daddy, it’s dark in here

Published by rudy Date posted on February 5, 2010

Some of you are old enough to remember the eight-to-12-hour daily blackouts as Cory Aquino’s term ended. Blackouts caused because no new power plants had been built for years. Economists estimated that the blackouts cost the country around P3 to 5 billion daily in lost business and contracted the 1992 Gross National Product by three…

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Brace for rolling brownouts, higher rates, consumers told

Published by rudy Date posted on February 5, 2010

CONSUMERS should brace for higher power rates due to an impending shortage of electricity and the onset of a hot and dry summer, industry representatives said Thursday.

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Costlier power plants eyed to head off crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on February 5, 2010

The Department of Energy (DOE) and power sector players have agreed to tap oil-fed and other costlier generating facilities to ensure the country’s supply of electricity.

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6 provinces lack telecom facilities – Comelec

Published by rudy Date posted on February 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Six major provinces have no telecommunication link to transmit election results from polling precincts to canvassing centers, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

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But poll body claims counter measures already in place

Published by rudy Date posted on February 2, 2010

Transmission fiasco feared with 5,000 signal jammers Alarmed by reports that 5,000 signal jammers have been imported into the country, possibly to disrupt transmission of the election data on the scheduled polls date, Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez expressed fears on prospects for their use yesterday, but nevertheless assured the public that the Comelec…

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RP 99.4% energized

Published by rudy Date posted on January 3, 2010

BALANGA CITY, Bataan, Philippines – The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has announced that the country has achieved 99.4 percent energizing at the barangay level.

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2 measures proposed to ease impact of NPC stranded costs

Published by rudy Date posted on January 2, 2010

The intent toward ending the monopoly of state-run National Power Corporation (NPC) is about to be accomplished, but deregulation cost impacts may still pinch Filipino consumers’ pockets primarily the estimated P471 billion stranded debts which will eventually be passed on as additional line item in electricity bills.

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Aboitiz Group, foreign power firms tackle safety standards in plants

Published by rudy Date posted on December 7, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Aboitiz Group and a number of foreign power firms have joined hands to further improve efforts to maintain operational and environmental safety at the Aboitiz- run power facilities.

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Transco privatization demands transparency

Published by rudy Date posted on October 27, 2009

TRANSCO OWNERS: Transparency dictates that the public be told the identity of the influential persons involved in the conglomerate that is taking over the state-owned National Transmission Corp. or Transco.

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Mar debunks DOE power shortage claim, says there is oversupply

Published by rudy Date posted on September 19, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manuel Roxas II debunked yesterday the claims of Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes that a power shortage would occur next year. “I am monitoring the power sector because this is one of the most sensitive parameters for investors,” he said.

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Mindanao power outages confirmed

Published by rudy Date posted on September 15, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – With still unresolved power problem in Visayas, Mindanao is now suffering from rotating brownouts. Government officials yesterday confirmed reports of scheduled power outages in major portions of Mindanao after several power plants in the area are currently on a “shutdown mode.”

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Economic slowdown delays power crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on September 7, 2009

The lingering global crisis has bought enough time to build new power plants in Luzon and Mindanao that was anticipated earlier to suffer electricity shortages very soon.

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Meralco customers to enjoy lower rates for 5 month

Published by rudy Date posted on September 5, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – For five straight months, customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will be paying less for their electricity bills, a company official said yesterday.

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GMA orders full electrification of all barangay by yearend

Published by rudy Date posted on September 1, 2009

BAGUIO CITY: President Gloria Arroyo this week ordered the Department of Energy and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to complete electrification of the remaining 743 rural barangay nationwide before the yearend.

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No electricity for 40 percent of Filipinos

Published by rudy Date posted on July 25, 2009

TWO in every five Filipino families below the poverty line do not have electricity in their homes, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).

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All barangays will have electricity by yearend

Published by rudy Date posted on July 25, 2009

The government expects to complete the country’s rural electrification program or the electrification of all Philippine barangays (villages) before the yearends.

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Mindanao power situation nears critical stage

Published by rudy Date posted on July 2, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The power situation in Mindanao is nearing critical stage as supply can barely cope up with surging demand, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

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RP power cost highest in Asia

Published by rudy Date posted on July 1, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has overtaken Japan as the country with the highest electricity cost in Asia, a party-list congressman said yesterday.

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Executive Order No. 796

Published by rudy Date posted on June 2, 2009

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Power rates seen to go down P1/kilowatthour with Enrile measures

Published by rudy Date posted on May 29, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Electricity rates are likely to go down by P1 per kilowatthour (kwh) once the twin power reduction bills authored by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile are passed, the lawmaker said yesterday.

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Electronics sector renews call for lower power rates

Published by rudy Date posted on May 26, 2009

The electronics industry has again called on the government to bring down electricity rates to make the country’s exporters more competitive amid an expected recovery of global demand.

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Super bad timing: Higher power rates would add to layoffs

Published by rudy Date posted on April 28, 2009

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recently allowed the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to raise its electricity rates by 25 centavos a kilowatt-hour (kWh). The increase under the company’s performance based regulation will be reflected in its May billing to its customers.

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