Department of Energy - updates

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DOE asks oil companies to explain latest price adjustments

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Department of Energy says oil firms could have implemented even lower rates this week, but did not do so

Locsin warns PH will be 'deeply' affected by Saudi oil attacks

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Meanwhile, energy officials give assurances oil supplies in the country remain sufficient and that the impact of the incident on the Philippines is still 'premature'

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

Environmental groups urge gov't to block coal plant in Palawan

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Green Thumb Coalition calls for a shift to renewable energy in view of the current climate emergency

BAN COAL PROJECTS. Members of the Green Thumb Coalition called for a total moratorium on coal projects in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOE advisory board reevaluates renewable energy program

Sep 01, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'The target is by end of 2030, [renewable capacity] should be 15,000 megawatts. However, based on our assessment, around 7,000 MW was recorded from 2011 to 2017,' says Department of Energy official Mylene Capongcol

Court stops DOE from unbundling fuel prices

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Energy faces multiple cases on its move to break down how oil companies come up with fuel prices

Environment coalition urges gov't to speed up renewable energy projects

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Power for People Coalition calls on the President to come up with an executive order that will formalize his directive for the energy department to fast-track 'the development of renewable energy sources'

Earthquake-hit Pampanga to have power restored on April 23 – DOE

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The Department of Energy says electric cooperatives in Pampanga are working to restore power in the province before sunset on Tuesday, April 23

What you need to know about power advisories

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Department of Energy says the short-term answers are not enough to address the recent power shortages.

Power firms deny collusion allegations

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Aboitiz Power Corporation's Manny Rubio says companies won't connive to cause power outages, as these are bad for business

Red alert raised for 4th time in Luzon grid

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Meralco is again implementing rotational brownouts in parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna due to low power supply on Monday, April 15

Oil prices going down slightly on February 4, 5

Feb 03, 2019 - 8:05 PM

While oil companies will lower prices, the rollback will be offset by the excise tax hike under the TRAIN law

Oil firms to hike prices for 4th straight time on January 29

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Oil companies say the hike is due to price movements in the international market

Another oil price hike set for January 22

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Department of Energy cites weak sentiments in the Asian gasoline market amid excess regional supply

Oil price hike on January 8 not due to Train Law – DOE

Jan 07, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Oil companies will hike diesel prices by P0.70 per liter and gasoline by P0.80 per liter amid price movements in the global market

INCREASES. Global market forces force local players to slightly increase gas prices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOE: 2nd round of fuel tax hikes don’t cover 2018 stocks

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:36 PM

DOE chief Alfonso Cusi warns oil industry players that applying the 2019 tax rates on 2018 oil stocks may lead to company closure and even estafa charges

THE TRAIN EFFECT. Expect fuel prices to go up by January 1, 2019 due to the Train Law. File photo by Rappler

Dennis Uy, China firm may bag major oil contract

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Dennis Uy's Phoenix Petroleum and China National Offshore Oil Corporation team up to build an LNG import terminal in Batangas. Their tandem is the lone applicant, so far.

DOE to gov't agencies: Pay electricity bills

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says electric cooperatives need the funds to provide 'efficient and sustainable services to the areas they serve'

LOOK: Brownout hits Department of Energy budget hearing

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Lights go off for about 4 minutes

NO POWER. A brownout occurs in the middle of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy. Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

Oil prices jump for 8th consecutive week, Brent crude breaches $83

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The latest round of price increases brings common gasoline prices to around P59 to P62 per liter, and diesel prices to around P47.95 to P50.75 per liter

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

Bicam OKs joint powers for Bangsamoro, DOE on energy sources

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the bicameral conference committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law decided to adopt the Senate version on the matter

ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. Senate Majority Leader and bicam chairperson Miguel Zubiri announces another provision in the proposed BBL they have agreed on. File photo by the House of Representatives

Cusi joins Villar in Duterte Cabinet 'billionaires' club' in 2017

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declares a net worth of P1.355 billion in 2017, an increase of P1.19 billion from his net worth in 2016

BILLIONAIRE'S CLUB. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar declare a net worth above P1 billion, based on their SALNs in December 2017. Photo of Cusi by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler, photo of Villar from Malacañang Photo

DOTr to revive unaudited fuel subsidies program for jeepney drivers

May 25, 2018 - 7:01 PM

With rising petroleum prices, the government is eyeing to revive a fuel subsidy program – which remains unaudited – for jeepney drivers towards the end of 2018

SUBSIDY. The transportation department is looking at giving subsidies to jeepney drivers amid higher oil prices.

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The group says the 'sweeping' temporary restraining order earlier issued by the Supreme Court 'has given monopolies like Meralco the advantage'

Green groups: Scrap Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The No Burn Pilipinas coalition says the project is 'illegal' and likely to fail

PROTESTS. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project. Photo from Facebook/No Burn Pilipinas

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field can power 60-megawatt gas plant – DOE

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the Alegria Oil Field would have two wells ready to produce a total of 360 barrels per day

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field to begin commercial production

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Energy says the natural gas and oil production of the field may last until 2037, based on the development plan crafted after the initial testing

GAS AND OIL. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (second to the left) declares the Alegria Oil Field in Southern Cebu to have commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources. Photo from DOE

Local, foreign firms eye integrated facility for liquefied natural gas

Mar 04, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The government wants to turn the Philippines into a hub for liquefied natural gas, given the expected depletion of natural gas from Malampaya in less than a decade

RUNNING OUT. Gas from the Malampaya project is expected to run out in a decade prompting firms to contemplate alternative sources. File photo from Sembcorp Marine website

DOE: No need to raise PUV fares despite higher fuel tax

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Energy Assistant Secretary Leonido Pulido III says that 'based on the increase in the existing tax law, there should be no immediate need to raise PUV fares'

DOE to gas stations: Don't take advantage of tax reform law

Jan 10, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi warns that the government would cancel the certificate of compliance (COC) of violators

HIGHER PRICES. A man holding a petrol pump nozzle at one of Shell's gasoline filling stations. Photo from AFP

Filipinos to feel impact of higher fuel tax starting mid-January

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Fuel prices could go up in two weeks' time, once existing petroleum stocks of retailers are used up

HIGHER PRICES. A man holding a petrol pump nozzle at one of Shell's gasoline filling stations. Photo from AFP

New tax rates don't apply to old petroleum stocks, DOE warns

Jan 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

New excise tax rates on petroleum products are levied upon importation, not at the point of sale to the consumers

NEW TAX RATES. The implementation of excise tax and value added tax (VAT) for petroleum products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law is effective on January 1, 2018. File photo

DOE targets restoring power in Biliran before Christmas

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Some 365,000 food packs are also on standby for those affected by Tropical Depression Urduja

Most business establishments in Tacloban City are forced to close as Tropical Storm Urduja left the city without electricity, Saturday, December 16. Urduja made landfall in Eastern Samar earlier in the afternoon, it is expected to exit the region by noon December 17.

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Mindanao electricity market targeted for launch in Q2 2018

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Funtebella says the government is currently auditing the system of the electricity spot market for Mindanao

Luzon power grid on yellow alert again

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A Meralco executive expresses concern over the frequent incidence of yellow alerts, but the Department of Energy says there is no cause for alarm

FREQUENT. Yellow alert is a situation when reserve power falls below the required level. Reserves are inadequate to cover the largest running generating unit at the time but does not necessarily lead to power outages. Rappler file photo

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

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

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

A low carbon future

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The Renewable Portfolio Standard can address the administration s least cost energy goals while encouraging renewable energy generation

Ombudsman dismisses 3rd complaint vs ex-DENR chief Lopez

Mar 16, 2017 - 4:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Ombudsman says there was not enough evidence to support the claim that the trip to Paris taken by then-Environment Secretary Gina Lopez was allegedly a gift in exchange for a project

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

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

From Paris to Marrakech: Transforming our energy system

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:47 AM

It is the responsibility of the government to provide policy directions as it works with the market For energy we should aim for an optimal energy mix

Lawin hits 12,000 families in Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino

Oct 21, 2016 - 4:32 PM

In Cagayan and Isabela combined 841 residential houses have been totally damaged with another 3 705 homes partially destroyed

AFTERMATH. Residents in Tuguegarao City check houses destroyed by Typhoon Lawin (Haima), which was a super typhoon when it hit land on Wednesday, October 19. File photo c/o Adrian Portugal/Rappler