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PHINMA Energy eyes 45-megawatt solar plant in Batangas

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The company wins a solar service contract for the right to explore and develop a 486 hectare area in Batangas from the Department of Energy

SC is new battleground for coal fight in the Philippines

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The fight against coal fossil energy in the Philippines has mostly been staged in localized battlefronts including the island province of Palawan

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

Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The petitioners asks the Supreme Court to compel the two government agencies to do what laws require of them in regulating coal fired power plants

FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Several individuals and environmental groups bring their anti-coal struggle to the Supreme Court. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The sun is setting on coal

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:56 PM

For the Philippines we have an opportunity today to reduce our reliance on foreign coal and to ride the investment boom in clean energy

CLIMATE CHAOS. The combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal by energy companies is largely responsible for climate change.

PHINMA Energy pins hopes on DOE's new renewable energy policy

Apr 11, 2017 - 1:18 PM

With the tight competition in coal energy the firm plans to focus on renewable energy projects and retail electricity as it waits for the DOE s next renewable energy incentive

Lopez faces 3rd complaint before Ombudsman

Mar 16, 2017 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Gina Lopez who is accused of graft tells those behind the latest complaint against her to stop it climb a mountain and go meditate

DENR Secretary Gina Lopez attends her confirmation hearing at the Senate on March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LISTEN: Celine Dion releases new original song for 'Beauty and the Beast'

Mar 10, 2017 - 11:17 PM

Emma Watson also sings How Does A Moment Last Forever in the live action remake

'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.' Celine Dion released a new original song for the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' live-action film. Photo shows Gaston (Luke Evans) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the movie. Photo courtesy of Disney

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

Price freeze for basic goods in effect in Surigao City

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Prices of basic goods in the city will now be pegged at prices that were in place within a month before the disaster occurred the Department of Trade and Industry says

Residents queue up to buy water, as local water utility has suspended its services due to power blackout after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck overnight in Surigao City on February 11, 2017. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

Damage to SURNECO distribution lines 'minimal' after Surigao quake

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

It is expected that 90 will be energized as soon as NGCP restores power the energy department says in a statement

DOE: Expect power price hike due to Malampaya shutdown

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The DOE says it will try to ease the impact of the Malampaya maintenance shutdown from January 28 to February 18

MALAMPAYA UPDATES. Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella gives updates on the country's power sector on January 10, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Fuel prices going up again Dec 20

Dec 19, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Oil companies in the Philippines will implement the price hike at 6 am on Tuesday December 20

OIL PRICES. An attendant fills up a motorcycle with gasoline at a gasoline station in Kamuning, Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

CA defers confirmation of energy chief Cusi

Oct 05, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Loren Legarda help Secretary Alfonso Cusi answer questions to appease Senator Panfilo Lacson who moved for the deferment

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

SEC approves Shell's IPO

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:45 PM

This could be one of the largest maiden share offerings in the Philippines

MANDATORY. Pilipinas Shell's planned share sale is in compliance with the Oil Deregulation Law of 1998, requiring oil refiners to list 10% of their shares in the local stock market. Rappler file photo

DOE: Nat'l consensus needed to reopen Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:12 PM

DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos says Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not issued a direct order to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

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

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

Gov't to cut red tape to bring in more power plants

Aug 16, 2016 - 1:34 PM

The Department of Energy is eyeing a shorter application process for new industry players to fast track construction of new power plants and ensure enough power supply until 2030

RED TAPE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the government is eyeing to cut red tape to usher in the entry of more power plants in the country. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DOE teams up with USAID to find ideal energy mix

Aug 12, 2016 - 7:36 PM

The initial fruit of the tie up will be a study to review the current mix as the DOE wants to be sure about decisions that will entice investment says energy chief Alfonso Cusi

Private engineers to help with DOE audit for free

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem [of blackouts] says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as his department signs an agreement with electrical engineers

E-trike project still on but 'refinements' in plan needed

Aug 10, 2016 - 6:24 PM

NEDA says the Department of Energy has to present its final and confirmed action plan on the 504 M project to the Investment Coordination Committee

Live: 2016 ‘Green SONA’

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:34 PM

Watch and follow our day long coverage of Green Convergence’s State of Nature Assessment here

DOE tapping private engineers for audit of Luzon power plants

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Department of Energy also reminds the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to prepare for forced outages

DOE probing power utilities' violations amid blackouts

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED As more power outages hit Luzon the Department of Energy orders an investigation into power utilities and an inspection of power plants

Senate to probe Luzon power blackouts

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:34 PM

UPDATED What we want is to determine what really happened and come out with legislation to prevent this type of collusion from happening says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian committee on energy chairman

SENATE INQUIRY. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto files a resolution ordering the committee on energy to conduct a probe into the simultaneous power interruptions in Luzon.

Pilipinas Shell to raise P29.7B through IPO

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Under the mandate of the Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998 Shell’s IPO should have been completed by 2002

MANDATORY. Pilipinas Shell's planned share sale is in compliance with the Oil Deregulation Law of 1998, requiring oil refiners to list 10% of their shares in the local stock market. Rappler file photo

Shell takes Malampaya tax dispute vs PH to int'l arbitration body

Jul 22, 2016 - 1:58 PM

Shell Philippines Exploration BV has raised its tax dispute with the Philippine government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

SECOND TIME. Shell in September last year decided to file an arbitration case with the Singapore International Arbitration Center over the Malampaya tax dispute

Luzon on yellow alert, forced outage in 2 plants

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:20 PM

The alert is a result of the forced outage of 122 megawatts of the SLTEC plant and 300 MW Block B of the Ilijan Natural Gas Power Plant

DOE chief's goals: Lower power rates, 100% electrification

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:25 PM

In his first 100 days Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and his team plan to study existing service contracts and methods to bring down the cost of electricity

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

DOE chief Cusi: Arroyo, Aboitiz have nothing to do with my post

Jul 04, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Cusi says his capabilities as new DOE chief are not defined by his friendship with the Arroyos and his former post at Aboitiz Shipping

COMPETITORS. 'Let us put it this way: They are my competitors. I have been out of Aboitiz since 1990. I have been on my own business since 1991,' New DOE chief Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Energy chief to Gina Lopez: Let's find balance between coal and renewables

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:03 PM

We have to help one another find that solution I m sure Ms Gina Lopez is open to a solution to adequate power supply says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

'We lack capacity for dependable power. We can’t just merely rely on renewables for now,”' DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Incoming energy chief vows continuity at DOE

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The incoming energy secretary also says any new programs will be considered from the perspective of the consumer

Gas prices up, diesel down on June 14 – DOE

Jun 11, 2016 - 1:07 PM

DOE Director for Oil Industry Management Bureau Melita Obillo says the price adjustment would range from P0 20 to P0 35 per liter

Review of PH energy policy underway

May 26, 2016 - 4:57 PM

It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait says Emmanuel De Guzman vice chair of the Climate Change Commission

DOE vows 'adequate, reliable' power supply on election day

May 08, 2016 - 10:25 PM

Despite forced plant outages Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada says reserves are above normal levels for May 9

Panama Papers' source to help law enforcers if free from punishment

May 07, 2016 - 8:02 AM

The source who uses pseudonym John Doe says thousands of prosecutions could stem from the Panama Papers but law enforcers don t have access on the leaked documents

Mossack Fonseca in Panama City. Photo by Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

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

Energy chief to Al Gore: PH already changing its energy thinking

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The energy department insists the country is on its way toward weaning itself off coal through a balanced fuel mix policy and awareness by leaders that clean energy is vital

Gov't firm looking into fuel stockpiling

Feb 17, 2016 - 10:18 PM

Low oil prices make stockpiling fuel an attractive option but can the government and private sector handle it?

BEMAC Electric to deploy 3,000 e-trikes within 2016

Feb 16, 2016 - 4:45 PM

After talks the final price is settled at around 30M for the production delivery and servicing of 3 000 electric tricycles

CLEANER RIDE. A sample of BEMAC's E-trike. The vehicle sits up to 5 and is expected to reduce the transport sector's annual petroleum consumption by 2.8% per year. E-trike photos from BEMAC Electronic Transportation Philippines Incorporated's website

ERC approves NGCP's Visayas-Mindanao grid link study

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:00 PM

There is a need for the Visayas and Mindanao grids to immediately share power reserves says the NGCP

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Aquino calls for meeting to address Mindanao power woes

Jan 08, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Issues on right of way violations transmission towers bombing hound the region The energy department is creating a task force to address the situation

POWER SITUATION. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the ceremonial switch-on of the Davao baseload power plant, Friday, January 8, 2016.  A meeting would be convened next week to address the worsening power situation in Mindanao due to right-of-way violations and bombing of transmission towers. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

DOE counts SM's solar-powered rooftop as source for Luzon grid

Dec 16, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The largest solar powered rooftop in a Southeast Asian mall is eyed to contribute an additional 1 5 megawatts to Luzon

SOLAR-POWERED. In this file photo, President Benigno S. Aquino lll views the solar rooftop project of SM Supermalls at Northlink Building in SM City North Edsa Complex, Quezon City. Also in photo is SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy. Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau