geothermal - updates

Rappler's latest stories on geothermal


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

Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:55 PM

A surge of new exploration efforts are underway in a nation that has some of the world's largest untapped sources of volcanic heat, but which relies on coal for half its electricity

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

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

Lawmakers want state of calamity declared in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representatives Ben Evardone and Edgar Sarmiento make the call after the Leyte earthquake destroyed the region s main power source

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 27, 2017

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:58 AM

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ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

Oil giant taps China's vast geothermal reserves

Feb 26, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Though experts say there is immense potential in China s subterranean heat reserves they remain largely unexploited

This photo taken on February 23, 2017 shows a worker from Sinopec Company, showing how the heat pump is operated to journalists in Zangangzhen, Heibei province. Fred Dufour/AFP

Indonesia struggles to tap volcano power

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Indonesia has long lagged behind in its use of the renewable power source – now the government is pushing to expand the sector five fold in the next decade

This picture taken on August 31, 2016 shows steam rising from the Wayang Windu geothermal power station on West Java in Indonesia. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

AboitizPower eyes Chevron's PH, Indonesian geothermal assets

May 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM

These assets which could be for sale next year include one of the world s largest geothermal operations

Renewable energy posted record growth rate in 2015 – IRENA

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Renewable energy is now the preferred option for new power generation capacity around the world says the International Renewable Energy Agency

epa05071233 Project Manager Klaus Schrot checks the last solar panels before the opening of a new solar farm on a former firing range in Star Buchholz in Schwerin, Germany, 16 Decemeber 2015. The company PVStrom has installed almost 40,000 solar modules. The installation will thus generate more than 10,000 megawatt hours of solar power annually. EPA/JENS BUETTNER

ADB backs first 'climate bond' issuance in Asia-Pacific

Feb 29, 2016 - 8:40 PM

The P10 7B Aboitiz led bond will be boosted by a direct ADB loan of P1 8B for the development of the Tiwi MakBan facilities

REFURBISHING. The money raised for the bonds will go to the development of APRI's Tiwi-Makban geothermal facilities. The MakBan geothermal facility (pictured) located in Sto Tomas Batangas currently has 10 operating units while the Tiwi Geothermal Power located in Albay has 4 operating units.  Both geothermal facilities have a combined generating capacity of 390 megawatts. Photo from AboitizPower's website.

EDC to build P130M facility to connect Bac-man3 to Luzon grid

Dec 30, 2015 - 12:16 PM

The renewable energy firm is hoping for provisional approval from the ERC to connect its 31MW geothermal plant within the projected timeframe of December 2017

AboitizPower sets geothermal project in Indonesia

Sep 21, 2015 - 5:16 PM

AboitizPower International Pte Ltd enters into an agreement with PT Medco Power Indonesia for the exploration and development of a potential greenfield geothermal plant in East Java Province

OPPORTUNITIES. AboitizPower CEO Erramon Aboitiz earlier says the power firm is looking at opportunities abroad, particulalry in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Pengalaman Wawan temani Jokowi

Jul 11, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Pertamina memulai fase komersial PLTP Kamojang Unit 5 berkapasitas 1 x 35 MW Potensi energi panas bumi di Indonesia mencapai 28 000 MW Berapa sudah dieksplorasi?

Presiden Jokowi didampingi Dirut Pertamina Dwi Soetjipto dan GM PGE Area Kamojang Wawan Darmawan meninjau PLTP Kamojang Unit 5. Foto oleh Uni Lubis/Rappler

Enough steam found for Maibarara geothermal plant expansion

Jun 15, 2015 - 3:56 PM

The energy department looks forward to a new 10 megawatt power station in Maibarara Geothermal Incorporated by 2017

Alstom to build geothermal plant in Indonesia

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:23 AM

The turnkey plant to generate 30 megawatts will be set up in Karaha West Java

HARNESSING GEOTHERMAL ENERGY. The 227 MW Wayang Windu power station in West Java province is Indonesia's biggest geothermal power producer. File photo by EPA

Renewable energy law 6 years after: 650 contracts okayed

Dec 26, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Six years after the Philippines moves to cut its dependence on fossil fuel the country has more renewable energy projects

RENEWABLE ENERGY. The Philippines has aimed to cut its dependence on fossil fuel as energy source by introducing the Renewable Energy Act in 2008.

FDC bids P128M for PSALM’s 1st Mindanao IPPA auction

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The winning bidder will manage the Independent Power Producer Administrator contract output of Mt Apo 1 and 2 geothermal power plants in North Cotabato

7 bidders pre-qualify for PSALM’s 1st Mindanao IPPA auction

Sep 23, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Interested parties have until Wednesday September 24 to submit their bids for the Independent Power Producer Administrator contract

The wRap Indonesia: Aug. 27, 2014

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:23 AM

A new law on geothermal energy speculations on Jokowi s cabinet a terrorism suspect arrested and more

SEEKING ADVICE. Joko Widodo (L) seen here chatting with campaign spokesperson Anies Baswedan – now a member of his transition team – ahead of the election official count announcement on July 22, 2014. File photo by EPA

New law to boost geothermal energy in Indonesia

Aug 26, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Indonesia is estimated to have more than 28 000 MW of geothermal potential but is currently producing just over 1 300 MW from the clean source

HARNESSING GEOTHERMAL ENERGY. The 227 MW Wayang Windu power station in West Java province is Indonesia's biggest geothermal power producer. File photo by EPA

Drilling for $180-M Mindoro geothermal project starts July

Jun 06, 2014 - 1:12 PM

The geothermal plant is set to give cheap renewable energy source to the blackout prone island

EDC buying stake in 220-MW power plant in Indonesia

May 26, 2014 - 5:16 PM

The Lopez company eyes to finalize the investment by the second half

Batangas geothermal plant starts operations

Feb 10, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The 20 MW Maibarara plant in Batangas starts commercial operations on Feb 8

POWERING UP. Maibarara begins commercial operations. This 2011 photo from

New geothermal plant to pull down power rates in Mindoro

Feb 02, 2014 - 4:36 PM

A power supply agreement is currently being negotiated for EPI to supply the power requirements of the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative

Geothermal power plant in Oriental Mindoro up by 2016

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:38 PM

The Montelgao power plant will have a capacity of 44 megawatts It will supply electricity at a rate of P5 64 per kilowatt hour

GEOTHERMAL PLANT. A new geothermal plant will be constructed in Mindoro. Photo by Mike Gonzalez/Wikimedia Commons

The problem with renewable energy

Dec 21, 2013 - 5:48 PM

Is renewable energy the panacea to energy problems and climate crisis?

San Miguel to bid for Leyte plants' output

Aug 09, 2013 - 9:39 PM

SMC to participate in the October bidding for Unified Leyte geothermal power contracts

GEOTHERMAL TITAN. This production field is acclaimed as world's largest steam field. Photo from the website of EDC.

Sy group set to consolidate power assets

Jun 19, 2013 - 5:59 AM

Plans of the business group of retail tycoon Henry Sy Sr to restructure and recapitalize its power assets so it could ride on the expected increase in the demand for power are underway

EDC's Bacman Unit 1 resumes operations

Jun 04, 2013 - 8:11 PM

The Lopez led company says the unit is operating normally at 55 megawatt capacity

OPERATIONAL. Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has resumed operations of the Bacman Unit 1 geothermal plant in Albay. Photo from EDC's 2011 Annual Report

First Gen Q1 income jumps 11% to $56-M

May 16, 2013 - 1:54 PM

First Gen gets higher contribution from its gas power plants

Lopez-led EDC eyes big-ticket power projects abroad

May 09, 2013 - 2:52 PM

The Philippines biggest geothermal producer eyes power ventures in Chile Peru Indonesia and Kenya

GOING FOR THE BIG FISH. EDC's president and COO Richard Tantoco said they are only looking at the bigger international project. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Lopez-led EDC earns P2.7-B in Q1

May 08, 2013 - 4:21 AM

Energy Development Corp s P2 7 billion net income in the first quarter of 2013 is almost exactly the same as what it earned in same period in 2012

An EDC geothermal plant in Mindanao. Taken from EDC 2011 Annual Report.

Lopez-led EDC in joint venture for Peru projects

May 02, 2013 - 5:35 PM

EDC unit EDC Geotermica SAC and Australian firm Hot Rock Ltd HRL partner for a Peru geothermal project

PERU PROJECTS. An EDC geothermal plant in Mindanao. Taken from EDC 2011 Annual Report.

EDC's Bacman geothermal unit resumes operations

Apr 08, 2013 - 11:09 AM

The geothermal plant was previously shut down for inspection

RECOMMISSIONED. An EDC geothermal plant in Mindanao. Taken from EDC 2011 Annual Report.

DOE sets auction terms for Leyte geothermal complex

Mar 07, 2013 - 8:07 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla oversees the auction for the right to administer the 640 MW geothermal power plant in Leyte where he used to be governor

GEOTHERMAL TITAN. This production field is acclaimed as world's largest steam field. Photo from the website of EDC.

Death toll in EDC Leyte landslide rises to 11

Mar 06, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Four more bodies were retrieved from the Energy Development Corp s Leyte geothermal site bringing the number of dead due to the tragedy to 11

LANDSLIDE. Five are killed and 7 are missing after a landslide hit this Lopez-led EDC geothermal power plant in Leyte. Photo from Eastern Visayas Mail

EDC positive on growth

Mar 03, 2013 - 1:28 PM

The company expects steady revenue increase for the next 4 years despite suffering setbacks in two of its geothermal plants

MORE POWER. A new wind farm in Ilocos is coming in 2015. Photo by Michael Josh Villanueva

5 dead in Lopez's Leyte power plant incident

Mar 01, 2013 - 4:40 PM

2nd UPDATE Five are confirmed dead and 9 are missing after a landslide at the Lopez led EDC geothermal power plant in Leyte

LANDSLIDE. Five are killed and 7 are missing after a landslide hit this Lopez-led EDC geothermal power plant in Leyte. Photo from Eastern Visayas Mail

EDC profit up on higher electricity sales

Feb 25, 2013 - 2:17 PM

The geothermal energy producer says its recurring net income soared 89 in 2012

INFOGRAPHIC: Top power players in the Philippines

Jan 16, 2013 - 4:41 PM

San Miguel leads the biggest privately controlled power producers in the country

Aquino on China row: NZ backs rules-based approach

Oct 23, 2012 - 3:37 PM

President Aquino says New Zealand supports a rules based approach to resolving the PH China dispute