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World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Balicasag an island in Bohol province famous for diving snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

DIVING DESTINATION. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

TIMELINE: Mile Long legal battle

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:50 AM

The decision of Sunvar Realty Development Corporation to vacate Mile Long property in Makati City ends a legal battle that has spanned two decades

PSALM seeks to impose additional universal charge on electricity users

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:55 PM

State run PSALM requests regulatory approval to pass on to consumers the National Power Corporation s P3 7 billion debt

UNIVERSAL CHARGE. PSALM has sought an approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to collect P0.0429 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for one year. Rappler file photo

COA to Napocor: Return P29.7M in health allowances

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The Commission on Audit junks the appeal of the National Power Corporation and reiterates that the unauthorized perks for employees must be returned

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

News Briefs: February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 13

DMCI Power building new Palawan plant

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:28 PM

As of June 2016 only 5 400 of the 7 263 households in the municipality of Aborlan where the plant will be built have electricity connections

ELECTRICITY WOES. Aborlan is a first class municipality located 69 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City. Its population is estimated at over 32,000. File photo by Rappler

Napocor boosts service in emerging Palawan tourism hotspot

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Napocor extends its service in Rizal town in Palawan to 24 hours from 16 hours which will benefit over a thousand households and the local tourism industry

COA absolves NAPOCOR of paying claims to power firm

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:36 PM

State auditors declare ‘null and void’ the compromise deal between the National Power Corporation and Binga Hydroelectric Plant Incorporated

Meralco rates down in May

May 08, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Electricity bills go down by P0 70 per kilowatt hour due to lower generation charge – the bulk of your Meralco bill

Easter Sunday Mindanao blackout due to corroding insulator

Apr 17, 2015 - 6:50 PM

The National Transmission Corporation says in its initial report submitted to DOE that a ‘corroded suspension insulation shank’ caused the transmission line to fall and hit other line conductors and tower parts

Cagayan de Oro suffers from rotational blackouts

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:07 AM

The load shedding program is strictly implemented as Mindanao power situation worsens and businesses are ailing in such dire situation

Gov’t rules out sabotage in Easter Sunday Mindanao blackout

Apr 06, 2015 - 6:53 PM

The Department of Energy forms a team to investigate what happened

AirAsia plane search, China blocks Gmail, tropical storm Seniang | The wRap

Dec 30, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Search teams recover 40 bodies of Air Asia passengers from the sea China blocks all access to Gmail Landslides and floods from Tropical storm Seniang kill at least 30 in the Philippines

NAPOCOR seeks power rate hike

Dec 30, 2014 - 4:25 PM

The state run power firm has filed an application with the Energy Regulatory Commission requesting a rate increase for recovery cost adjustments

Angat rainforest park spotlights biodiversity hotspot

Dec 20, 2014 - 11:24 PM

The National Power Corporation launches the Angat Rainforest and Ecological Park which is seen to raise public awareness on preserving and protecting the watershed

RAINFOREST PARK. The Angat Rainforest and Ecological Park will raise public awareness on the importance of preserving and protecting a biodiversity hotspot. Photo from the National Power Corporation

Meralco to heed CA’s order on P5B refund

Dec 19, 2014 - 6:08 PM

The utility firm says the appellate court’s order is a ‘welcome relief’ to its consumers

CA orders Meralco to refund P5B to customers

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The Court of Appeals requires the utility firm to refund consumers for the transmission line costs they were forced to pay

Gov't rejects labor suit dues, warns vs power rate hikes

Dec 04, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says that the beneficiaries of the P60 2 billion in back wages were mostly rehired after their termination anyway

Gov’t to earn $3.2B from power gen privatization

Nov 03, 2014 - 8:00 AM

About 1600 megawatts of power generation capacity are up for privatization the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation says

Electricity rates to go up P0.5143/kWh due to PSALM suit

Sep 03, 2014 - 3:14 PM

PSALM warns of a hike in the universal charge if it is forced to settle over P60 B in damages from a suit filed by former employees

Angat Dam water level rises, still critical

Jul 18, 2014 - 2:59 PM

The dam is still in need of 2 491 mm of rainfall to reach the minimum high of 210 meters above sea level

Smaller dam to irrigate Bulacan, Pampanga crop fields –NIA

May 13, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The Bustos Dam can supply water to irrigate the remaining rice fields in Bulacan and Pampanga amid low levels of the Angat Dam

Photo courtesy of PPP Center

Japan Coast Guard eases Iloilo oil spill cleanup

Dec 22, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Cleanup operations have sped up but workers appeal for additional protective gear – the overall suits last for only 3 days

Photo by Julie Ann Mae Silvederio

Fisherfolk ask DOJ to probe Napocor over Iloilo oil spill

Dec 18, 2013 - 9:53 PM

The failure of state run Napocor to undertake cleanup operations within reasonable time since November 8 is considered environmental negligence

PSALM offers P2M to Estancia families after oil spill

Nov 27, 2013 - 5:46 PM

PSALM offers financial help to the families in Estancia hit hard by Typhoon Yolanda and an oil spill caused by a barge it owns

RAN AGROUND. Power Barge 103 and its aftereffects on Estancia in Iloilo. Photo by Jonathan Jurilla

DOH: Air pollution in Iloilo oil spill site at critical level

Nov 27, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The health secretary calls for the urgent relocation of more than 1 000 families from Barangay Botongon in Estancia town

OIL AND WATER. The shoreline of Estancia is covered in oil. All photos by Jonathan Jurilla

In Estancia, Yolanda came with an oil spill

Nov 24, 2013 - 1:19 PM

During the super storm s onslaught a Napocor barge rammed into a village destroying houses maybe killing residents and causing an oil spill

Angat Dam releases excess water

Nov 10, 2013 - 1:25 PM

This is to maintain the reservoir elevation to a more manageable level and provide additional storage capacity Napocor says

Gov't scraps budget for BNPP maintenance in 2014

Aug 14, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The budget department gives zero allocation for the maintenance of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in 2014 causing the ire of some lawmakers

PSALM to borrow P20-B from govt in Q4

Jul 29, 2013 - 11:54 AM

State owned Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp PSALM has reduced its borrowing program for the year

'Nuclear power to lower electricity costs'

Jun 04, 2013 - 4:15 AM

Nuclear power advocates downplay renewable energy as a cheap and reliable source of electricity

NUCLEAR ENERGY. The mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was designed to generate 620 MW of power. Photo by Rappler/Lean Santos

Govt urged to act on $1-B Bataan nuclear plant rehab

Jun 02, 2013 - 9:41 AM

The 620 megawatt facility will help with the power supply requirement of the country according to an official of the state power firm

MOTHBALLED. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), constructed in 1984, remains idle after 29 years. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

PDEA not mandated to nab 'narco-politicos'

May 02, 2013 - 8:17 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency tells politicians to spare them from political mudslinging

'DON'T USE US.' The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency tells politicians to spare them from political mudslinging.

Meralco bill to increase by 27-cents in April

Apr 10, 2013 - 5:34 PM

The reasons include soaring electricity usage as summer sets in higher coal prices strong peso and maintenance shutdowns of power plants

CHARGES UP. Meralco electricity bills are expected to rise in April on higher charges. Photo by AFP

Napocor wins investment grade from Fitch

Apr 03, 2013 - 4:56 PM

Fitch ups Napocor credit rating to BBB similar to the investment grade rating of the Philippines

Image obtained from Napocor's 2011 Annual report

INFOGRAPHIC: Top power players in the Philippines

Jan 16, 2013 - 4:41 PM

San Miguel leads the biggest privately controlled power producers in the country

Higher Meralco bills seen in November

Nov 09, 2012 - 7:00 PM

Meralco says the generation transmission and system loss charges are up this month

CHARGES UP. Meralco electricity bills are expected to rise in November on higher charges. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

DMCI wins bid for 25-mw diesel power plant in Palawan

Jul 18, 2012 - 6:23 PM

Consunji led DMCI group won the bid for the diesel power plant that can supply up to 25 megawatt mw in Palawan one of the country s premier tourist spots

[PH Travel] The aquamarine waters of WestNuk

May 17, 2012 - 8:13 PM

A backpacker happily takes his skepticism back

A SECRET UNRAVELED. WestNuk beach hides beneath the 'layer' of NAPOCOR Resort Village, but it's worth discovering. Photo by Randolf delos Reyes

During Malampaya repairs, expect higher power rates, not brownouts

Apr 13, 2012 - 1:00 AM

When the Malampaya gas to power project undergoes a 7 day maintenance program this July residents served by the Luzon power grid may see power rate hikes