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Duterte says he'll 'quarrel' with China if it shuts down PH power

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

But the Philippine leader thinks China won't do such a thing because it would damage the Asian giant's reputation and because it sees its stake in the NGCP as a business

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the awarding ceremony for the 2019 Model Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Red alert raised in Luzon grid for 4th straight day

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:45 AM

The Luzon grid is still struggling to keep up with energy demand amid the summer heat

Luzon grid on red alert for 3rd straight day

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

A red alert means there is insufficient power supply in the grid and rotational brownouts could occur

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

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Apr 15, 2019 - 9:37 AM

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Red alert raised in Luzon grid for 3rd straight day

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Meralco warns of brownouts lasting up to 3 hours amid the scorching summer heat

Luzon grid on red alert again, brownouts hit Meralco areas

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Luzon grid is placed under red alert for the second straight day on Thursday, April 11

RED ALERT. Brounouts are expected in Meralco areas due to low power supply. Photo from Shutterstock

Meralco implements rotational brownouts as Luzon grid supply thins

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Rotational brownouts are hitting parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna on Wednesday, April 10

Luzon grid placed under red alert

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The NGCP places the Luzon grid under red alert as it expects higher demand and low power supply reserves

Power lines affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 4:42 AM

Restoration of power lines is underway after the exit of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) from the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Rappler file photo

First NatGas to supply Meralco's 24/7 power

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Solar Philippines loses the bid to First NatGas

Bohol experiences power outage

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Initial information shows that lightning strikes may be involved says the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

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

AboitizPower explores Myanmar, Indonesia amid PH power oversupply

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:15 PM

With the current situation the Philippines second largest power producer by capacity says local firms can only grow by expanding outside the country or buying out competitors

GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES. AboitizPower is doing feasibility studies in Myanmar and Indonesia for possible hydropower projects. Rappler file photo

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

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

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

Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

Feb 22, 2016 - 5:08 PM

Alsons Renewable will construct a hydroelectric plant along the Siguil River in Maasim Sarangani

SHIFTING FOCUS. Alsons, which is expected to contribute 600 megawatts of capacity to Mindanao, is shifting its focus to renewable energy

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

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.

Power play in the South China Sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The world is watching It s the next step in the geopolitical calculus of power that includes the world s hot spots from Crimea Syria and the South China Sea

Experts warn: PH to have highest coal share in Asia

Jul 04, 2015 - 2:45 PM

The Philippines power sector should achieve a balanced fuel mix to sustain growth and minimize environmental impact says global think tank IHS

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. Coal provides 42% of the Philippines' electricity but spews over 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Shutterstock photo

PH won’t renew work visas of Chinese experts in NGCP

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says the 18 Chinese technical experts will be replaced by Filipinos after their working visas valid until July expire

19 power lines in Visayas down due to Ruby

Dec 07, 2014 - 11:24 PM

4th UPDATE There are 19 power transmission lines still affected as of 11 pm Monday December 8

Photo from EPA

Power down in Northern, Eastern Samar over Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says the government is prepared to restore power as soon as weather permits

Wanted: Renewable energy investors in far-flung areas

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:14 PM

Renewable energy can help bring electricity and with it development to 4 million households in remote parts of the country

House to approve joint reso on special powers this month

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:14 PM

The chairman of the House Committee on Energy says that as far as the House is concerned it will approve in October the joint resolution seeking special powers for President Aquino to avert a power crisis in 2015

'No power rate hike if Aquino uses Malampaya fund'

Oct 06, 2014 - 6:13 PM

While government subsidizes the added costs in generating more power in summer next year Energy Secretary Petilla suggests it could use the Malampaya fund to spare consumers from paying more

Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

AES Philippines Inc is planning to introduce battery energy storage in the country hopefully soon to help ease the summer 2015 power crisis

50,000 Meralco customers still in the dark

Sep 20, 2014 - 5:10 PM

A total of 54 215 Meralco customers in Metro Manila Rizal and Bulacan still have no power supply as of Saturday noon September 20

Miriam favors emergency powers for Aquino

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:41 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago says the emergency powers should be limited to 6 months

IN FAVOR: Senator Miriam Santiago says she will vote to give President Benigno Aquino III emergency power. Rappler file photo

Rappler Newscast | July 30, 2014

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Philippines faces power crisis in 2015 PH military apologizes for coup scare After Haiyan: 14 500 survivors still live in tents

Meralco: No more rotational brownouts for now

Jul 19, 2014 - 3:26 PM

Meralco says the power supply situation has improved but does not rule out implementing the scheme if necessary

Another Malampaya shutdown slated in March 2015

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:20 PM

The energy department may ask for suspension of the Biofuels Act of 2006 to mitigate effects on possible power supply shortage due to the shutdown

HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILL? It remains to be seen if the scheduled Malampaya shutdown in March 2015 will result in higher electricity bills for Meralco customers. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

PEC borrows P33.3B to build Pagbilao Unit 3

May 16, 2014 - 3:47 PM

An omnibus agreement has been signed with a consortium of lender banks for loans and credit accommodations to finance the construction of Unit 3 of the coal fired plant

Pagbilao plant

Asian men's volley QFs: Iran and China tested, Kazakhs roar

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:21 PM

A recap of the quaterfinals matches of the Asian Men s Club Volleyball Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena

Photos by Josh Albelda/Rapper

Iraq downs Mongolia, pushes PH to Asian men's volley QFs

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Iraq s win over Mongolia in the Asian men s volleyball pushes the Power Pinoys into the quarterfinals

IRAQ HELPS PH. Iraq's Itaftov Aleksandar and Mustafa Gani Hussein attempt to block a shot by Philippines' Cedric Legrand in their match on Thursday. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH sweeps Mongolia in Asian Men's Volleyball debut

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Philippines is off to a great start in the FIBR Asian Men s Volleyball Championship playing in home soil and conquering their first assignment

FIRST WIN DOWN. The Philippines immediately put up a scintillating performance to overpower Mongolia and bag their first win in the Asian Men's Volleyball Championship. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tight supply till 2016 but no power failure

Jan 23, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla says there are new plants being put up to meet the demand

Rappler Newscast | December 19, 2013

Dec 19, 2013 - 9:59 PM

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Malampaya shutdown to hike Meralco rates

Oct 25, 2013 - 7:32 PM

The electricity bill of Meralco clients will increase by P1 to P2 per kwh in December since the Malampaya natural gas facility will go offline around the same time as the other power plants

HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILL. Meralco customers will pay more for their electricity in December because of the maintenance shutdown of Malampaya natural gas facility. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Meralco acquires stake in Ty-led Global Power

Oct 23, 2013 - 6:23 PM

Tycoon George Ty sells 20 of his group s stake in Global Business Power Corporation to MGen a unit of power distributor Meralco

DEAL. Meralco and Global Power have sealed their power deal. File photo by AFP

MVP, Ty groups seal power deal

Oct 08, 2013 - 7:00 PM

The groups of businessman Manuel Pangilinan and tycoon George Ty are joining forces as they beef up their investments in the power sector

DEAL. JG Summit is buying the shares held by the San Miguel group in power distributor Meralco. Photo taken by AFP

NGCP completes Batangas transmission switch

Sep 27, 2013 - 7:17 PM

The project was completed earlier than planned as NGCP seeks to address the increasing power demands of the province

Back-to-back: Power Pinays sweep Myanmar

Sep 18, 2013 - 5:05 PM

The Power Pinays scored their second straight win at the expense of Myanmar

BACK-TO-BACK. The Power Pinays scored their 2nd straight win. Photo by AVC.

China keeps PH winless in Asian championships

Sep 16, 2013 - 1:57 PM

China keeps the Philippines winless in the 2013 Asian Volleyball Championships

TOO BIG. The Chinese proved to be too big a challenge for the Power Pinays. Photo by AVC.

Entertainment City to need own power supply

Sep 11, 2013 - 5:10 PM

Pagcor Entertainment City is projected to require power demand of up to 30 megavolt ampere MVA per year from 2013 to 2016

POWER HUNGRY. The casino and entertainment complex in Manila Bay will have a vast power demand. File photo by AFP

Why over 7% growth may lead to brownouts

Sep 09, 2013 - 10:57 AM

With the Philippine economy growing faster than 6 Luzon may face brownouts soon