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Zimbabwe quadruples electricity price as crisis deepens

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Zimbabwe is dealing with hyperinflation which has seen many families living on a single meal a day

A young Zimbabwean boy does his homeworks under a candle light in Harare on June 26, 2019. - Zimbabwe -- where the economy has recently lurched into a fresh bout of crisis -- introduced rotational power cuts of up to 19 hours a day earlier this year, forcing many to do their ironing or cooking in the dead of night. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

SC orders review of Meralco finances to come up with lower power rates

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The High Court directs the Energy Regulatory Commission to review Meralco's unbundled rates 'for determination of a reasonable and fair valuation of the regulatory asset base that will provide electricity to consumers in the least cost manner'

DOE asks oil companies to explain latest price adjustments

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Department of Energy says oil firms could have implemented even lower rates this week, but did not do so

Locsin warns PH will be 'deeply' affected by Saudi oil attacks

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Meanwhile, energy officials give assurances oil supplies in the country remain sufficient and that the impact of the incident on the Philippines is still 'premature'

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

Atomic watchdog chief in Iran for high-level talks

Sep 08, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency official's visit comes a day after Iran announced its latest step in reducing its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal

Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step

Sep 07, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The country's Atomic Energy Organization says it would give UN inspectors access to monitor its nuclear sites

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. - Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States' reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on July 17. The complaint came in response to Washington's decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

Environmental groups urge gov't to block coal plant in Palawan

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Green Thumb Coalition calls for a shift to renewable energy in view of the current climate emergency

BAN COAL PROJECTS. Members of the Green Thumb Coalition called for a total moratorium on coal projects in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOE advisory board reevaluates renewable energy program

Sep 01, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'The target is by end of 2030, [renewable capacity] should be 15,000 megawatts. However, based on our assessment, around 7,000 MW was recorded from 2011 to 2017,' says Department of Energy official Mylene Capongcol

Kaliwa Dam bidding looks rigged for China Energy – COA

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Two other bidders were included 'merely to comply' with the requirement that there be at least 3 bidders, says an audit observation memorandum

CONTROVERSIAL. The Kaliwa Dam project is up for construction in the 3rd quarter of 2019, yet it still faces heavy opposition from various groups. Photo from MWSS

It's final: SC orders bidding of power deals signed after June 2015

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:50 PM

'No further pleadings or motions will be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made immediately,' says the Supreme Court

POWER DEALS. The Supreme Court orders all power deals signed after June 30, 2015, to undergo a competitive selection process. Photo by Rappler

ERC, Meralco ordered to explain bill deposits to Supreme Court

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Makabayan bloc is asking the Supreme Court to nullify the practice of charging bill deposits to electric consumers

Court stops DOE from unbundling fuel prices

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Energy faces multiple cases on its move to break down how oil companies come up with fuel prices

Environment coalition urges gov't to speed up renewable energy projects

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Power for People Coalition calls on the President to come up with an executive order that will formalize his directive for the energy department to fast-track 'the development of renewable energy sources'

U.N. nuclear watchdog names interim chief

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The race to succeed Yukiya Amano on a permanent basis will be particularly keenly watched given heightened international tensions over Iran's nuclear activities

HALF MAST. A picture taken on July 25, 2019 shows a half mast flag in front of the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria following the death of its director general. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

United Nations nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The longtime Japanese diplomat, who was 72, holds the International Atomic Energy Agency's top job and has done so since December 2009

YUKIYA AMANO. 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. File photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

IAEA to hold special meeting on Iran

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Tehran breaches the limit of 300kg for stockpiles or enriched uranium

Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

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

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver – source

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Iranian energy imports are vital to Iraq, one of the world's hottest countries, which faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day

IRAQ ELECTRICITY. Iraq faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Mass movement: Scientists adopt new kilogram definition

May 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The kilogram will now be defined in terms of the Planck constant – the ratio of a frequency of light, on the one hand, to the quantum energy of that frequency, on the other

File photo from Shutterstock

The cold will inherit the Earth

May 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.

Is renewable energy unreliable? and other questions about RE answered

May 08, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It’s good for the environment but can it really power homes and businesses 24/7?

Supreme Court orders bidding of power company deals signed after June 2015

May 06, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) Distribution utilities like Meralco are now compelled to enter into a competitive selection process instead of their prior self-negotiated deals which advocates say could burden consumers for 20 years

POWER DEALS. The Supreme Court orders all power deals signed after June 30, 2015, to undergo a competitive selectiion process. Photo by Rappler

Earthquake-hit Pampanga to have power restored on April 23 – DOE

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The Department of Energy says electric cooperatives in Pampanga are working to restore power in the province before sunset on Tuesday, April 23

This Filipina scientist’s plant growth supplement has wowed the world

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Lucille Abad's invention is one of the 5 finalists for projects in the field of non-energy application of nuclear technologies at the recently held World Atomic Energy Expo Awards 2019 in Sochi, Russia

FILIPINO-MADE. Lucille Abad of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute has long been studying carrageenan, a natural preservative extracted from processed gulamang dagat. Photo courtesy of Shaira Panela

What you need to know about power advisories

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Department of Energy says the short-term answers are not enough to address the recent power shortages.

PCC approves AC Energy's acquisition of Phinma power unit

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission finds no issues with AC Energy acquiring a stake in Phinma Energy Corporation

Power firms deny collusion allegations

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Aboitiz Power Corporation's Manny Rubio says companies won't connive to cause power outages, as these are bad for business

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

Court maintains ERC cannot regulate Wholesale Electricity Spot Market prices

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The ruling nullifies a number of orders made by the ERC in 2014 declaring wholesale electricity spot market prices void for being unreasonable or otherwise uncompetitive

2018 spike in energy demand spells climate trouble – IEA

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Double-digit growth in solar and wind power generation is still not fast enough to meet soaring electricity demand which also pushed up the use of coal

Kaliwa Dam deal 'as onerous' as Chico River project

Mar 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The choice of law and the venue for disputes is once again surrendered by the Philippines in favor of China,' senatorial bet Neri Colmenares tells Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Kaliwa Dam: Is China’s involvement cause for concern?

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The Duterte government seems to be exaggerating the benefits of the Kaliwa Dam project and downplaying its costs and risks

WATCH: Can we use geothermal forever?

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Unlike other sources of energy, there are ways to keep geothermal sources abundant

WATCH: Geothermal energy and the Philippines: A match made in heaven

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Find out why geothermal energy is perfect for powering our houses and businesses

Natural Gas in the Philippines

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The world is clamoring for a cleaner future. How can the PH keep up?

Natural gas and renewables are a perfect match in cutting carbon emissions

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:36 AM

In the transition to clean energy, natural gas solves the need for a reliable renewable energy partner

Why natural gas makes sense for PH economy

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:31 AM

As the Philippines looks to diversify its energy mix, one source - natural gas - has become increasingly important

U.S. activists tamper with Canadian oil pipeline

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Four Necessity Valve Turners says its members cut through a fence on Monday, February 4, to enter an Enbridge Energy facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Oil prices going down slightly on February 4, 5

Feb 03, 2019 - 8:05 PM

While oil companies will lower prices, the rollback will be offset by the excise tax hike under the TRAIN law

Oil firms to hike prices for 4th straight time on January 29

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Oil companies say the hike is due to price movements in the international market

Another oil price hike set for January 22

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Department of Energy cites weak sentiments in the Asian gasoline market amid excess regional supply

Oil price hike on January 8 not due to Train Law – DOE

Jan 07, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Oil companies will hike diesel prices by P0.70 per liter and gasoline by P0.80 per liter amid price movements in the global market

INCREASES. Global market forces force local players to slightly increase gas prices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOE: 2nd round of fuel tax hikes don’t cover 2018 stocks

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:36 PM

DOE chief Alfonso Cusi warns oil industry players that applying the 2019 tax rates on 2018 oil stocks may lead to company closure and even estafa charges

THE TRAIN EFFECT. Expect fuel prices to go up by January 1, 2019 due to the Train Law. File photo by Rappler

Qatar to quit Saudi-dominated OPEC in 2019

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Gas production remains the top the priority for Qatar, which is the world's the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas

LEAVING OPEC. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs, speaks during a press conference in the capital Doha on December 3, 2018. Photo by Anne Levasseur/AFP

Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines: A leader in sustainability

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:00 AM

KOFPH partners with First Gen to power four more Coca-Cola bottling facilities with clean energy

Dennis Uy, China firm may bag major oil contract

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Dennis Uy's Phoenix Petroleum and China National Offshore Oil Corporation team up to build an LNG import terminal in Batangas. Their tandem is the lone applicant, so far.

Surge in electricity needs to require flexible power systems – IEA

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'The electricity sector is experiencing its most dramatic transformation since its creation more than a century ago,' says the International Energy Agency

EU brings solar power to 2 sitios in Davao Occidental

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This is part of the European Union's P3.6-billion sustainable energy project in the Philippines

Duterte eyes entry of 'big players' to end Palawan blackouts

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I'll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi 'pag hindi, hanap ako ng may pera talaga. 'Yung China nangangati kamay niyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Puerto Princesa City

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