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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

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

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 8-14, 2017

May 14, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Must watch videos from this week

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

Families near Bataan coal plant face displacement

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:21 PM

The provincial government of Bataan says that it would provide housing for 250 affected families within the next 3 to 5 months

COAL PLANT. The SMC Consolidated Power Corp (SMCCPC) plant and a coal-fired power plant of the Petron Bataan Fuel Refinery - both SMC subsidiaries - are located in Limay town in Bataan province. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Rappler Talk: #ClimateActionPH and Bataan's battle vs coal

Feb 21, 2017 - 1:31 PM

A community in Bataan complains of health problems that were allegedly caused by the power plants in their area

China halts North Korea coal imports after missile test

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED China will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year says the commerce ministry in a statement

COAL. This picture taken on December 14, 2012 from China's northeastern city of Dandong, looking across the border, shows a North Korean military officer (R) and a North Korea man (L) standing behind a pile of coal along the banks of the Yalu River in the northeast of the North Korean border town of Siniuju. Wang Zhao/AFP

LIVE BLOG: #ClimateActionPH Workshop in Bataan

Feb 17, 2017 - 11:44 PM

Here are the highlights of the workshop

Bataan community asks Gina Lopez to close SMC coal plant

Feb 15, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Residents complain of health problems including skin and respiratory diseases that are allegedly caused by San Miguel Corporation s power plant in Limay

WATCH: Why it’s time to act on climate change

Feb 09, 2017 - 6:23 PM

You can make a difference in the fight against climate change Be informed and take a stand

Lopez wants ECCs on renewable energy approved in 2 weeks

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:59 PM

The environment department also cancels the expired environmental compliance certificates of 6 projects

China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Coal of which China is the world s largest consumer remains an indispensable part of its economy supplying 60 of its electricity

HEAVY SMOG. This picture shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. China's cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use. File photo by AFP

China coal mine blasts kill 59 – report

Dec 04, 2016 - 8:12 AM

Explosions occur at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongalia region and in a private mine in Qitaihe City

Rappler Talk: #ClimateActionPH and Cebu's battle vs coal

Nov 28, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Join the discussion on Rappler Talk with climate action advocates on November 28 Monday at 11 am

#ClimateActionPH: How citizens stopped a coal plant from rising in Cebu City

Nov 27, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Cebu environmental advocates share their experiences in community organizing at a ClimateActionPH workshop

LIVE BLOG: #ClimateActionPH Workshop - Cebu

Nov 23, 2016 - 6:21 PM

Here are the highlights of the workshop

DENR's audit on coal plants now ongoing

Nov 22, 2016 - 2:20 PM

An environment official says two coal fired power plants have been audited already

Canada to phase out coal power by 2030 – official

Nov 21, 2016 - 10:52 PM

The plants located in 4 provinces produce about 10 of Canada s total CO2 emissions and closing them will remove the equivalent in emissions of 1 3 million cars from roads or 5 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. Gerard Mestrallet, Eigne CEO, chats with Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada, during the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Assembly during the IMF and World Bank Group 2016 Spring Meetings on April 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Molly Riley/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: The real cost of coal power

Nov 20, 2016 - 3:39 PM

This is the real price we pay for using coal to produce electricity

House to probe coal stockpile in Tondo

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Respiratory and skin diseases affect residents of Happyland in Tondo Manila as the nearby stockpile of Rock Energy International Corporation continues its operations

COAL STOCKPILE. Rock Energy International Corporation operates a coal stockpile facility just across Happyland, Barangay 105 in Tondo, Manila. Photo of coal stockpile from Rock Energy's Facebook page, photo of Happyland by Rappler

DENR to Semirara Mining: Explain alleged Molave Coal violation

Aug 16, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources issues a show cause order to Semirara Mining and Power Corporation over its Molave Coal Mine Expansion Project

'NON-COMPLIANCE.' DENR says Semirara Mining's Molave Coal expansion deal did not comply with one of the conditions in its ECC. Shutterstock image

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

Duterte and Sereno, Lopez on Semirara, Arianna Huffington | 12PM wRap

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch the 12PM wRap with Zak Yuson

Lopez warns Semirara Mining: 'Get your act together'

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:10 AM

The environment department directs the audit team to further assess project area and validate allegation of environmental impacts of the mining operation in Caluya Antique

SEMIRARA MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about her proposal to change her department's processes when it comes to the issuance of environmental compliance certificates. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Environment groups call on Duterte to end coal projects

Jul 17, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Piglas Pilipinas renew their calls to stop the proposed coal fired power plant expansion project of JG Summit Holdings from 300 MW to 600 MW in Batangas

FIGHT VS COAL. Former Batangas City Councilor Kristine Balmes shared insights during the forum together with representatives of Piglas Pilipinas, on the struggles of fighting coal operations. Photo by AC Dimatatac

A rude awakening for Duterte

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:36 AM

The Mindanao brownouts will be dealt with by dumping lots of coal plants But do Mindanaoans really know what this will bring to their economic future?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being held at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace. The agenda focuses on disaster risk reduction and management status of the country.

Activists denounce murder of Philippine anti-coal campaigner

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Anti coal activist Gloria Capitan is shot in the head on Friday Police add no suspects have been caught

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

Energy chief to Gina Lopez: Let's find balance between coal and renewables

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:03 PM

We have to help one another find that solution I m sure Ms Gina Lopez is open to a solution to adequate power supply says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

'We lack capacity for dependable power. We can’t just merely rely on renewables for now,”' DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Green groups: Lopez is 'right choice' for DENR post

Jun 21, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED But environmentalists also urge Gina Lopez to make a strong statement rejecting environmentally destructive projects her own family is pushing for

Why Duterte should support renewable energy

Jun 04, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Embracing the energy revolution and harnessing renewables doesn’t mean bankruptcy and sacrifice The facts show that it can bring us wealth cost savings and employment

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Filipino workers clear a canal at the vicinity of a wind farm facility in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte province, north of Manila, Philippines, 07 November 2015. Photo by Bernie Spin dela Rosa/EPA

Ginebra in talks with 3 foreign liquor firms

May 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The liquor unit of San Miguel Corporation is looking into the possible acquisition of the foreign companies

ACQUISITION TALKS. While Ang however refused to give details on these negotiations, he said the San Miguel has a high 80% success rate in terms of acquisitions. Photo by Ted Aljibe/Agence France-Presse

Review of PH energy policy underway

May 26, 2016 - 4:57 PM

It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait says Emmanuel De Guzman vice chair of the Climate Change Commission

Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth – study

May 24, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9 5°C if all known reserves of oil gas and coal are burned

Points to ponder on energy: A guide for Duterte

May 18, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The incoming president must take tough decisions that will address the above concerns for the country to break free from coal

Rappler Talk: What PH can learn from Hawaii’s renewable energy bid

May 18, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Hawaii recently passed a law to shift to 100 renewable energy sources Maria Ressa interviews the director of Hawaii’s Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism to find out the cues the Philippines can take from the US state