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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

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

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

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

BNPP: Not about nuclear; it’s about trust and accountability

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The discussion on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should not be equated with the discussion of nuclear power feasibility

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

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

Cusi and Lopez: Finding the right energy mix

Aug 30, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Both chiefs should understand that specifically it’s about optimizing the energy mix in terms of cost of electricity reliability source diversity and environmental impact

Cusi should be digging for roots of power inadequacy problem

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Consumers have been in dire need of more competency and less corruption from the Department of Energy

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

Lopez: Clean energy is the way to go

Aug 14, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says government plans to create models and choose certain areas where we go just renewable

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

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