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2 more La Union towns ban coal

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:04 PM

San Gabriel Mayor Herminigildo Velasco says the intention of the resolution is 'to build up a strong advocacy in opposing energy sources like coal' due to how hazardous coal is to the environment

Youth, advocates continue fight for coal-free Negros amid new leadership

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The protest turned into a time of celebration as youth, environmental advocates have once again proven that their voice can make a difference to continue fight for coal-free Negros

Activists from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice. Photo by Jorge Gamboa

ADB not yet ready to quit coal

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:13 PM

At the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao says it could not rule out funding coal power as there is 'no other option' for some countries in Asia

Australia approves vast coal mine near Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The project, fiercely debated for almost a decade, comes as investors and even energy companies are moving away from fossil fuels amid concern about the climate

ANTI-ADANI. Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows anti-Adani coal mine protesters in north Sydney ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/ AFP

Bohol gubernatorial race: Arthur Yap against coal power plants

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:05 PM

His rival, former Duterte Cabinet secretary Jun Evasco, does not join the candidates' forum arranged by businessmen due to disagreement over the format

NO TO COAL. Bohol candidate for governor Arthur Yap faces businessmen in a candidates' forum on April 26, 2019, in Bohol. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

AboitizPower begins operating coal plant in Toledo, Cebu

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The coal plant will deliver power to Visayan Electric Company and electric cooperatives, as well as to open-access customers in Luzon and the Visayas

UP AND RUNNING. The Therma Visayas coal power plant in Toledo City, Cebu, is now operational. Photo from Aboitiz Power Corporation

The youth behind coal-free Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Behind the strike against coal in Negros Occidental is Youth for Climate Hope, a coalition pushing for climate justice and environmental protection

YOUTH. San Carlos Diocese Bishop Gerardo Alminaza poses with protesters in Youth Strike for Negros on March 6 at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol while holding the Executive Order declaring the province as coal-free. Photo by Rexor Amancio/ The Climate Reality Philippines

San Juan in La Union declared coal-free

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Resolution No. 03-2019 bans the construction, development, and operation of coal-fired power plants in San Juan, La Union

COAL-FREE. The municipal council of San Juan in La Union passes an ordinance declaring the municipality coal-free. Photo courtesy of Tina Antonio

Governor declares Negros Occidental coal-free

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr signs EO declaring that only clean and renewable sources of energy will be allowed in their province

Some of the students who joined the "Youth Strike for Negros on Wednesday, March 6./Contributed Photo

Germany should phase out coal use by 2038, says commission

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The commission's findings will now be passed on to the government, which is expected – barring a surprise – to follow the recommendations of the panel it set up

COAL MINE. Giant coal excavation machinery is seen at work in the Welzow-Sued Tagebau open-pit brown coal mine near Welzow on January 23, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

13 dead after fire in Czech mine

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Authorities say the fire is still burning, with rescuers building barriers to stop it from spreading

La Union deserves a coal-free future – congresswoman

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Ten years after the Renewable Energy Act was signed, 'the evils and perils it aims to eradicate have continued to persist,' says Senior Citizen Representative Milagros Magsaysay

LUNA COASTLINE. Part of the Darigayos coastline in Luna, La Union, home to many beach resorts. Residents are worried about the construction of a coal-fired plant in their town. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar, Joms Santos, and Eleazar Cuela

Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Protestors called on both the government and the opposition to put a halt to the Adani coal mine project in Queensland state

STUDENT PROTESTS. In this photo taken on November 30, 2018, students from different schools raise placards during a protest rally for climate change awareness at Martin Place in Sydney. Thousands of students around the country skipped school to protest and demand their politicians act urgently to stop further dangerous climate change and the Adani coal mine. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

DENR issues ECC for La Union coal plant project

Nov 03, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The project faces opposition from residents and environmental groups in La Union

[OPINION] Breathing out coal: How victims of the climate can be its protectors

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

'Only by shifting away from dirty energy – the leading cause of climate change – can Filipinos truly move from being tagged as victims of the climate towards being known as its protectors'

Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would allow states the flexibility to set their own standards for performance at existing coal-fired power plants, rather than follow a single federal standard

TRUMP AND COAL. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

Coal plant project in La Union sparks protests

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Residents are urging the La Union provincial government to pass an anti-coal ordinance to stop the construction of a 670-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Luna town

'PROTECT LA UNION'. Groups converge at the town plaza in San Fernando, La Union, in July 2018 to protest coal-fired power plant to be built in Luna. Screenshot from the video of Diane Mendoza Orpilla

Bohol's no-coal ordinance 'an important victory' – advocate

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

May 23, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

Semirara sees slower income growth in 2018 over plant shutdowns

May 14, 2018 - 1:10 PM

With the shutdown of some plants, Semirara started buying replacement power from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in the last week of March, which had minimal impact on its 1st quarter earnings

How Guimaras got rid of coal

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'We want to show the world that we don't need dirty energy to power development,' says Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin

Making cleaner energy from pesky water hyacinth

Jan 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

A group of millennial entrepreneurs finds a way to reduce world's dependence on dirty coal using a very unlikely material: water hyacinth

San Miguel buys Masinloc coal power plant for nearly $2 billion

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

San Miguel Corporation tops other major power players in the Philippines for the facility, which has an installed capacity of 630 megawatts and is set to add another 300 by mid-2019

Senators slam sudden insertion on coal taxes after bicam deal

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:23 PM

There are two different versions of the bicameral conference committee report being circulated to lawmakers, says Senator Villanueva

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[OPINION] TRAIN at a crossroads on a coal tax

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Our electricity bills would likely increase not because of a coal tax but because coal will become more expensive in the years to come relative to renewable energy

Mining stocks fall as Senate approves nearly 3,000% coal tax hike

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Isidro Consunji, chairman of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, says it would be 'discriminatory' if coal is singled out

From P10 to P300: Senate OKs nearly 3,000% increase in coal tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:00 PM

From the current tax of P10 per metric ton of coal, the Senate seeks to implement gradual increases over a 3-year period, ultimately reaching P300

Clinker and ash from coal are seen in seabeds in Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan. Photo by Ayeen Karunungan/ Rappler

Environmental groups urge PH, ASEAN to join global coal phase-out

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Studies show coal is projected to rise in the whole ASEAN region in the next few years

Trudeau: Reducing coal use 'greatest challenge' in climate change

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:31 PM

'Let me be very blunt about this: Coal represents perhaps the greatest challenge to the world not meeting its climate change targets,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit

FOSSIL FUELS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about Canada's commitment to reduce coal consumption. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Climate group calls on ASEAN leaders to shift to renewable energy

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:38 PM

But the group argues participation of the US and Japan in the 31st ASEAN Summit will bring in projects that support coal dependency in the discussion table

CLIMATE DENIER. Climate justice group Philippine Movement for Climate Justice calls on ASEAN leaders to shift to renewable energy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Fully implement EPIRA to give Filipinos 'power to choose,' says Gatchalian

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With the full implementation of EPIRA, an 'environmentally-conscious' consumer can choose to patronize factories that store renewable energy, instead of those that store coal, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Meralco to bid alone for AES' coal plant in Zambales

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Meralco won't have a partner when it bids for a controlling stake in the facility. It'll likely compete with San Miguel and Aboitiz Power.

LONE WOLF. US electricity giant AES Corporation is selling its entire 51% interest in the Masinloc power facility, which it bought from the Philippine government for $930 million in 2008. Meralco will bid alone. File photo

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Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Duterte gov't eyes taxes on coal

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:53 PM

As senators express concern about effects of higher fuel prices on basic commodities they ask the Department of Finance: Why not prioritize taxes on coal the dirtiest fuel instead of petroleum products?

COAL-FIRED POWERPLANT. The Duterte administration seeks to increase taxes on coal, considered the 'dirtiest' but cheapest power source. File photo

SC is new battleground for coal fight in the Philippines

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The fight against coal fossil energy in the Philippines has mostly been staged in localized battlefronts including the island province of Palawan

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

The sun is setting on coal

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:56 PM

For the Philippines we have an opportunity today to reduce our reliance on foreign coal and to ride the investment boom in clean energy

CLIMATE CHAOS. The combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal by energy companies is largely responsible for climate change.

DMCI Holdings still upbeat on 2017 despite mining uncertainty

May 17, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The conglomerate s mining unit is cautiously optimistic as a new chief takes over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

WATCH: Inside AboitizPower's coal-fired power plant in Mindanao

May 15, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Mindanao s leading power generator talks about its adoption of clean coal technologies

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May 14, 2017 - 2:29 PM

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Rappler Talk: AboitizPower on diversifying energy sources and the power situation in Mindanao

May 10, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Mindanao now has an oversupply of power according to Sebastian Lacson COO of AboitizPower Coal Group

EDC says geothermal not dead but efficiency, incentives crucial

May 08, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The renewable energy firm expects flat to modest growth in 2017 as it upgrades its plants for the future

Semirara says open-pit mining ban won't affect operations

May 02, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The mining and power firm is also set to export coal to Japan for the first time as it prepares to boost its annual coal exports to 16 million metric tons

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

#BreakFree2017: PH environmentalists kick off global action vs coal plants

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 AM

This marks the second year that Filipino advocates are leading the global wave of Break Free actions against fossil fuels

CLOSE THE COAL PLANT. Anti-coal protesters urge DENR to stop the operation of the coal-fired power plant in Bataan that is affiliated with San Miguel Corporation. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Deadly blast rips through Ukraine coal mine

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:14 PM

Rescuers manage to save an additional 20 miners who were trapped underground when the blast hit the mine in the western Lviv region near the border with Poland

Franciscans to Bataan coal plants: Don't get rich at expense of public health

Feb 26, 2017 - 8:22 PM

On Monday February 27 affected residents will march to Limay municipal hall to call on the local government to shut down the coal fired power plants

Coal isn’t cool: Bataan students, residents take plight to Facebook

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:39 AM

The group ‘Coal is not cool’ serves as a communication hub for communities affected by coal fired power plants and their supporters