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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.

Henry Sy Jr retires early from NGCP

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The son of the country's richest man leaves the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines 'to focus on his real estate business'

NGCP, DICT agree to partner for National Broadband Program

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The fiber optic network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be used for the program

DICT raises concerns over NGCP's fiber optic network offer

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:50 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

NGCP offers to let DICT use fiber optic network for free

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines writes an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it is 'willing and eager' to help develop the National Broadband Network

Bohol braces for 15-hour blackout on December 2

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The Saturday blackout, one of the handfuls the tourist destination province has experienced this year, is due to a scheduled maintenance work by NGCP

10 firms eye partnering with TransCo for telco entry

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Meanwhile, local carrier PT&T writes to TransCo, signifying its interest to enter into a lease agreement with the state-run firm

WANTED: 3RD MAJOR PLAYER. State-run TransCo is one of the companies that wants to compete with two telecommunications giants: Globe Telecom and PLDT. Rappler file photo

TransCo plans to diversify into telecoms, compete with the giants

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:10 PM

To implement its plan, the state-run firm will have to ask Congress to amend its charter so it could offer telecommunications services and products

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to TransCo impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services. File photo

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

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Visayas power grid placed on red alert status anew

Aug 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In its consumer bulletin the NGCP revealed the available capacity for the Visayas grid from 5 pm to 10 pm stood at 1 828 megawatts MW against a peak power demand of 1 840 MW

NGCP POWER SUBSTATION. One of the power substations in Leyte, which is owned and managed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). File photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler.

Lawmakers want state of calamity declared in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representatives Ben Evardone and Edgar Sarmiento make the call after the Leyte earthquake destroyed the region s main power source

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Slight increase in power rates in July – Meralco

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:05 PM

A typical residential household consuming 200kWh will have to pay P15 more in July

2 dead in strong Leyte earthquake

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:40 PM

4th UPDATE A woman dies after being hit by falling debris in Ormoc City A body is also retrieved after a building collapsed in the municipality of Kananga

NGCP still keen on Visayas-Mindanao grid connection

May 07, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The private firm says it can complete the P52 billion project by 2020 if it gets the go signal immediately but it will also give way if the government decides to handle the project

Muntinlupa fire triggers SLEX traffic jam

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:20 PM

3rd UPDATE A fire hits a residential area in Muntinlupa causing a transmission tower to lean toward the Alabang flyover and prompting the temporary closure of the Alabang viaduct

Luzon on power 'yellow alert' after series of earthquakes – DOE

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED The NGCP lifts red alert status for the Luzon power grid past 3 pm Monday April 10 But the energy department warns the Luzon grid might not be spared from brownouts this summer due to tight electricity supply

RED ALERT. NGCP says available capacity was set at 9,300 megawatts (MWs) compared to the peak demand of 9,370 MWs. Red alert means there is a power deficiency, while a yellow alert means reserves are thin

News Briefs: March 2, 2017

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 2

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

LIST: Power outages due to Tropical Depression Auring

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The NGCP says that the loss of power in areas hit by the tropical depression may be caused by its affected transmission facilities or distribution facilities of local distribution utilities or electric cooperatives

AFTER AURING. Power lines on a street in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte are down. Photo by Perry Paul Lamanilao

#NinaPH: Areas with power outages

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Areas in Calabarzon Mimaropa and Bicol experienced blackouts during the onslaught of Typhoon Nina Nock ten

Satellite image as of December 26, 5 am. Satellite image courtesy of NOAA

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

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

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.

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

Central Luzon warned of possible power problems May 9

May 08, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Some affected landowners in Nueva Ecija stop NGCP from conducting clearing operations of untrimmed trees and plants underneath transmission lines

CRUCIAL. Planting of trees and other activities beneath transmission lines adversely affect power delivery to Central Luzon, NGCP says. File photo by Rappler

Bacolod '100% ready' for polls as VCMs arrive

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Some 800 out of the 2 556 vote counting machines for Negros Occidental have been successfully transferred

ELECTION READY. Photo by Claudia Gancayco/ Rappler

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

Nueva Ecija towns to experience 9-hour brownout March 10

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The NGCP says the areas that will be affected by the 8 am to 5 pm power interruption are the areas serviced by the San Jose City Electric Cooperative the Pantabangan Municipal Electric Services and the Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative NEECO Area 1

POWER TRANSMISSION. Rappler File Photo.

‘Police power’ tapped to stop election blackouts

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:06 PM

In an ‘extraordinary measure ’ the Comelec deputizes the AFP and PNP to help in fixing electric towers in Mindanao despite the refusal of landowners

COMELEC CHECKPOINT. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (3rd from right) joins PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez (left) on January 9, 2016, during the ceremonial opening of the Comelec checkpoints along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

NGCP tower in North Cotabato bombed anew

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:32 PM

This is the third bombing of NGCP towers this year and the second for the same tower

Blackout in 5 Zambales towns on Feb 25

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The power outage from 6 am to 6 pm will affect areas serviced by the Zambales Electric Cooperative I

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

Comelec fears blackouts in parts of Mindanao

Jan 19, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Battery powered poll machines can run for 15 hours but the Comelec is worried over the environment of the elections

TOWERS BOMBED. This photo from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) shows a tower in Mindanao bombed on December 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of NGCP

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

Meralco rates to go down in January

Jan 07, 2016 - 3:00 PM

This month s generation charge is the lowest since January 2010

LOWEST. At P3.92 per kWh, this January’s generation charge is the lowest since January 2010. File photo

ERC OKs Agus 2 switchyard project in Mindanao

Dec 22, 2015 - 3:22 PM

The upgrading project is eyed to alleviate the power crisis in Mindanao

UPGRADING. “The present condition of the (Agus 2) swtichyard, considering the age of the equipment therein, already manifests deterioaration,” National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says, thus the need for upgrading.

AES breaks ground on battery-based energy storage in Zambales

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:47 PM

The energy storage project according to AES will strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation

LARGEST IN ASIA. Once completed by mid-2016, it will be one of the first advanced energy storage installations in South East Asia and among the largest in Asia. Photo by AES Philippines

LIST: Power outages due to Typhoon Nona

Dec 16, 2015 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED 9 transmission lines and facilities in Luzon and 2 in the Visayas are still undergoing restoration the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says

RESTORATION. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says inspection and restoration of lines in the affected areas will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows.

NGCP: Criminalize tree-planting beneath power lines in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Planting of trees and other activities beneath transmission lines adversely affect power delivery to Mindanao provinces NGCP says

POWER ISSUES. Right-of-way violations, along with bombing attacks, have become the significant problems for NGCP in Mindanao

Blackout hits parts of Mindanao after bombing of NGCP tower

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The NGCP says it will begin restoration activities as soon as the area is secured by government forces

Right-of-way issues prevent NGCP from fixing critical power lines

Oct 18, 2015 - 11:54 PM

2nd UPDATE DOE appeals to LGUs and land owners to cooperate with NGCP in resolving the transmission issues on right of way and easements

Typhoon Lando: List of power outages

Oct 18, 2015 - 12:58 PM

UPDATED Here is a list of restored power and communication lines in Luzon after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the region

NGCP: Informal settlers hamper transmission line projects

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines warns that breakdown of power transmission structures would result in the loss of bulk power supply to Metro Manila

Luzon spared from power outages due to Malampaya glitches

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:43 PM

Power reserves on Thursday June 18 are well above the ideal buffer but gas restrictions are still affecting power plants the energy department says

Luzon on yellow alert as Malampaya reduces supply

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:50 PM

This is the second time this week that Luzon is under yellow alert as the Malampaya platform encounters an ‘undisclosed technical problem’

Olongapo City to have 5-hour power outage

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:35 PM

At least 17 barangays will have no electricity on June 7 from 8 am to 1 pm