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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition

FULLHOUSE. Members of Congress and the Senate join together for a special session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

PHINMA Energy eyes 45-megawatt solar plant in Batangas

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The company wins a solar service contract for the right to explore and develop a 486 hectare area in Batangas from the Department of Energy

PHINMA Energy to file case against PSALM

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The case is to stop PSALM from removing PHINMA Energy as administrator of a 40 megawatt geothermal power plant in Leyte

House budget debates: ERC only gets P1,000 for 2018

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:14 PM

It takes less than 2 minutes for the House majority and minority to agree on a P1 000 budget for the ERC for next year

ERC BUDGET. Zamboanga City 1st district Representative Celso Lobregat sponsors the 2018 budget during plenary deliberations for the proposed budget. Screenshot from the House of Representatives feed

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

Home solar panels: a beginner's guide to saving electricity

Sep 04, 2017 - 5:18 PM

When is a roof more than just a roof?

Photo by Earnest Mangulabnan Zabala

Malacañang asks ERC officials to explain 'extravagant' trips

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Office of the President asks 4 commissioners and a director to respond to allegations of serious dishonesty and grave misconduct

WATCH: Empowering communities with liters of light

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:31 PM

International movement Liter of Light seeks to provide affordable and green energy source to communities without electricity

LITER OF LIGHT. An international movement seeks to provide cheap and green alternative to power up homes that don't have electricity.

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Fukushima s operator starts freezing the last section of a 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation

FINAL STAGE. This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017. TEPCO/AFP

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Ayala Corp net income up 9.1% to P15.1 billion in 1st half of 2017

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:10 AM

BPI is the Ayala Group s top earner for the period followed by Ayala Land

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Cobra Ironman 70.3 organizers to assist family of dead competitor

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Sunrise Events Inc will assist the family of Eric Nadal Mediavillo who died of cardiac arrest during the swim leg of this year s Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70 3 Philippines competition in Cebu

TRAGEDY. A triathlete in the 45-49 age category died tragically during the swim leg of the race. File photo from the Cobra Ironman Facebook

Triathlete dies at Cobra Ironman race in Cebu

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Eric Nadal Mediavillo aged 47 went into cardiac arrest during the swim leg of the race and was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital

TRAGEDY. A triathlete in the 45-49 age category died tragically during the swim leg of the race. File photo from the Cobra Ironman Facebook

Reed completes Ironman 3-peat, Watkinson is new female champ

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Tim Reed wins the Cobra Ironman 70 3 Philippines for the third straight year

Proposed law wants health warnings vs salty, sugary food

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:08 AM

House Bill 5964 warns against food or drink containing sodium or sugar at least 20 higher than the recommended limit intake in the most recent Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake

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.

Lopezes to sell minority stake in EDC to consortium for up to P14B

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:10 PM

GIC and Macquarie are looking to acquire First Gen s 10 6 stake and public investors 36 5 stake in EDC which may eventually be delisted

Reed goes for third straight Ironman 70.3 Philippines title

Aug 03, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Five time women s champ Caroline Steffen will not race after announcing her pregnancy

TITLE DEFENSE. Australia's Tim Reed leads the pack ahead of this weekend's Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines. File photo by Russell Pintor

Palace suspends ERC chairman for 'insubordination'

Aug 03, 2017 - 12:50 PM

ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar is suspended for 4 months without pay for ignoring an appointment by Malacañang

Shell shutters Europe's largest refinery after fire

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:29 AM

Flames billowed into the sky over the port of Rotterdam after the blaze erupted at a high voltage power station at the Shell Pernis refinery

ABLAZE. A photo taken at night on July 29, 2017 shows flames and smoke rising above the Shell refinery in Rotterdam. Bjorn Remmerswaal / ANP / AFP

MRC Allied partners with Chinese firm for energy deals

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The two companies will explore opportunities in the Philippines renewable energy sector

AC Energy to expand in Indonesia, sells Chevron PH assets stake to SM group

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Ayala Corporation’s energy arm signs an agreement with UPC Renewebles to develop small island power projects in Indonesia and divests its stake in Chevron’s geothermal assets in the Philippines to an SM group linked investment firm

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima s No 3 reactor

Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Graft complaints filed vs energy officials for 'extravagant' travels

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The complaints alleges that P15 million used for travels abroad and locally were from a fund meant for monitoring the electricity market

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

Apple to invest $900 million in Danish data plant

Jul 10, 2017 - 6:53 PM

The facility will help to handle data from iMessages answers from the voice activated assistant Siri and song downloads from iTunes Apple s director for the Nordic countries Erik Stannow says

APPLE. The Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

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

Phoenix Petroleum seeks $126-M acquisition of Petronas Energy, Duta

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Before acquiring the two firms Phoenix Petroleum must secure the approval of the Philippine Competition Commission

ACQUIRE MORE. This comes after Phoenix and PDB (Netherlands) BV signed an MOU on planned 100% share acquisition of PEPI and its affiliate, Duta. Image from Phoenix Petroleum

Duterte EO streamlines processes for big energy projects

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Executive Order No 30 requires agencies to act on energy project applications within 30 days

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

Under-pressure Qatar says to boost gas production 30%

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The emirate intends to raise production to 100 million tons of natural gas a year by 2024

A picture shows the Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar's principal site for production of liquefied natural gas and gas-to-liquid, administrated by Qatar Petroleum, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the capital Doha, on February 6, 2017.  Karim Jaafar/AFP

ERC urged to reject Meralco's 7 coal power plants

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Civil society groups say the approval of Meralco s power supply agreements would lead to 3 551 megawatts of coal entering the pipeline

Civil society groups march to the Energy Regulatory Commission office to protest Meralco's application for coal plants across the country. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Obama berbagi kisah di balik Kesepakatan Paris soal perubahan iklim

Jul 02, 2017 - 6:35 AM

Indonesia perlu belajar dari kesalahan negara barat dalam hal pembangunan yang kurang memperhatikan aspek lingkungan hidup

JAWAB PERTANYAAN. Mantan Presiden Amerika Serikat Barack Obama menjawab pertanyaan dalam diskusi Kongres Diaspora Indonesia ke-4 di Jakarta, Sabtu, 1 Juli. Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/ANTARA

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

Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The indictments are the first – and only – criminal charges stemming from the tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

STILL CONTAMINATED. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

South Korea to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:05 PM

President Moon Jae In campaigned on promises to phase out atomic energy and embrace what he says are safer and more environmentally friendly power sources including solar and wind power

NUCLEAR POWER. This photo taken on February 5, 2013 shows South Korea's nuclear power reactor under construction in Gori near the southern port of Busan. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File

MRC Allied to venture into energy

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Not all power projects would be built from scratch as MRC Allied is open to acquiring or partnering with existing renewable energy developers

DIVERSIFY. All in all, the cost to achieve the 1,000-MW target is estimated to reach anywhere from P80 billion to P100 billion, its newly-appointed president Gladys Nalda says

Lighting up far-flung communities in the PH

Jun 18, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Aside from providing physical light the Light Up Philippines campaign also aims to provide a brighter future for beneficiary children by maximizing their potentials

COA to ERC: Unethical for companies to pay for inspectors' travel, lodging

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Commission on Audit warns that the independence of inspectors may be impaired since power companies shoulder their travel and lodging costs

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.

Global Business Power to acquire 50% stake in Alsons

Jun 05, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Through its deal with the Alsons group Global Business Power will now reach the Mindanao market

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE. Under the agreement, Global Business Power will acquire a 50% stake in Alsons Thermal Energy Corporation (ATEC) – the holding company for ACR’s baseload coal-fired power plant assets. Rappler file photo

UN confirms Iran compliance to nuclear deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:49 PM

The new International Atomic Energy Agency report shows Iran s nuclear activities remain much reduced making any push to make an atomic bomb much harder than before the agreement

IAEA OVERSIGHT. A picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

San Miguel to propose $2-B Metro Manila spillway project

May 29, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In exchange Ramon Ang wants the government to give San Miguel the right to use waste materials from Laguna de Bay for power generation

FLOOD CONTROL. To be built at no cost to the government, Ang says he will push through with it if the government will give San Miguel the right to use the waste materials for its planned power generation capacity. Rappler file photo

Weather, gender affect household energy consumption – study

May 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Philippine Institute of Development Studies finds that energy consumption increases as the level of discomfort brought by higher heat index rises

ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Philippine Institute for Development Studies analyzed the energy consumption as characterized by varying weather and gender among households. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

U.S. teen dies of caffeine overdose

May 17, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Before Davis Allen Cripe collapsed he drank a cafe latte a large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink say authorities