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The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

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This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

BNPP: Not about nuclear; it’s about trust and accountability

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The discussion on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should not be equated with the discussion of nuclear power feasibility

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

New 300-MW power plant in Mindanao 'not enough'

Jan 09, 2016 - 1:27 PM

A sister company of AboitizPower s Therma South Incorporated says Mindanao needs at least 300 megawatts of new power capacity annually for the next 5 years to address the power deficit

INAUGURATION. The first of the two 150-MW AboitizPower Davao baseload power plants started commercial operations in September 2015. The second unit is undergoing reliability tests and will be in full commercial operations by February 2016. Photo courtesy of AboitizPower

Aquino calls for meeting to address Mindanao power woes

Jan 08, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Issues on right of way violations transmission towers bombing hound the region The energy department is creating a task force to address the situation

POWER SITUATION. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the ceremonial switch-on of the Davao baseload power plant, Friday, January 8, 2016.  A meeting would be convened next week to address the worsening power situation in Mindanao due to right-of-way violations and bombing of transmission towers. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino inaugurates AboitizPower’s P35-B Davao baseload power plant

Jan 08, 2016 - 4:26 PM

President Aquino says while he is an advocate of developing renewable energy right now we cannot wean ourselves completely from relying on coal

INAUGURATION. The first of the two 150-MW AboitizPower Davao baseload power plants started commercial operations in September 2015. The second unit is undergoing reliability tests and will be in full commercial operations by February 2016. Photo courtesy of AboitizPower

ERC OKs Agus 2 switchyard project in Mindanao

Dec 22, 2015 - 3:22 PM

The upgrading project is eyed to alleviate the power crisis in Mindanao

UPGRADING. “The present condition of the (Agus 2) swtichyard, considering the age of the equipment therein, already manifests deterioaration,” National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says, thus the need for upgrading.

Energy chief Petilla confirms resignation

Apr 29, 2015 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says no one pressured him to resign Petilla will not leave the agency until his suitable replacement is found

Palace: Energy conservation goes beyond Earth Hour

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:56 PM

As the Philippine government gears up for an expected ‘power crisis ’ the Palace reminds the public that energy conservation should go beyond Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2013. Lights go off for an hour in observance of Earth Hour. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

'Evolutionary' measures needed to address PH power situation

Feb 06, 2015 - 4:48 PM

An energy specialist at the World Bank group says the Aquino administration can tap electric cooperatives to help address the country s power supply problems

Meralco calls for more ILP participants

Feb 02, 2015 - 4:29 PM

The January 31 deadline ends but the utility firm is hopeful that more will sign up for the Interruptible Load Program as the dreaded power shortage in summer nears

What you need to know about going solar

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:39 AM

With the upcoming power crisis here’s why solar energy presents a solution

Thin power reserves from January 26 to July 25

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:54 PM

Meralco says it needs additional capacity as power banked for the 7 month period falls below the required contingency reserves

Osmeña: Aquino misled about emergency powers

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:21 PM

Despite the passage of the House version the Senate remains unconvinced about the need and value of granting emergency powers to President Aquino to solve the looming energy shortfall

'UNNECESSARY.' Senator Sergio Osmeña III remains firm on his stand that granting emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino III is unnecessary. File photo by Senate PRIB

Why solar power needs to happen now

Dec 10, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Solar panels are a big investment but as SM shows now there is a place for solar energy in the Philippines

DOE calls for 32 more ILP participants

Nov 18, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The energy department eyes 32 more firms to sign up for the Interruptible Load Program by December 1 in an attempt to address the looming power crisis in summer 2015

House proposes reimbursement for ILP participants

Nov 16, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Are you an interruptible load program ILP participant? Congress is proposing government to shoulder your self generation costs

ILP PERKS. The House Committee on Energy proposes government to reimburse establishments their costs incurred in generating their own energy.

Petilla gives up hope on additional power generation bid

Nov 12, 2014 - 12:07 PM

The energy department is banking on 4 options to help avert a power shortage in 2015

ERC plans to expand Interruptible Load Program

Nov 09, 2014 - 3:07 PM

As a feared power crisis dawns next year the Energy Regulatory Commissions plans to include the country s grid operator in the voluntary disconnection program

Aquino to have 'limited' emergency powers – Umali

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Rep Reynaldo Umali says a joint Congressional resolution will allow President Aquino to deal with the looming energy crisis but without the option of contracting additional capacity

POWER SHORTAGE. President Benigno Aquino III discusses in his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 the looming blackouts Luzon is facing

Aquino unhappy with Congress over emergency powers

Oct 28, 2014 - 7:01 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the government is running out of time to rent diesel generators to address the projected energy shortfall in the summer

MVP hits bureaucratic delays in power plant expansion

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Meralco chairman Manuel V Pangilinan says the Philippines needs to lessen the steps in securing permits for power plant projects

Navotas fish port blocks power plant’s 100MW upgrade

Oct 26, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Millennium Energy aims to add capacity to its 310 megawatt MW power plant at the Navotas City Fish Port Complex but the fish port has barred the upgrade citing right of way issues

ILLEGAL. DOE Secretary Jerichio Petilla says several power generators violated WESM rules by not offering full capacities. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Business groups urge Aquino to act on 8-point economic reform

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry asks Aquino to focus on pressing matters like the 2015 energy crisis port congestion and ASEAN integration

Aquino: Special powers to help gov't 'prepare for the worst'

Oct 22, 2014 - 2:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he is the type who plans for the worst and hopes for the best and insists the government needs more options to avert a looming power crisis

Palace: We’ve been honest about energy crisis

Oct 21, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Malacañang defends itself a day after the House committee on energy said the Department of Energy s projections of an impending power crisis were untruthful

House likely to drop Aquino emergency powers

Oct 20, 2014 - 4:12 PM

The Department of Energy admits that the supposed power crisis in the summer months of 2015 is not as bad as earlier painted

OUTLOOK. Photo shows DOE's presentation on estimated power supply levels in the summer months of 2015. Photo by Rappler

Petilla: Even with ILP, brownouts to persist in summer 2015

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:10 AM

Energy chief Carlos Jericho Petilla says that even if the Interruptible Load Program is in place brownouts are likely to occur but ‘not severe’

Power producers commit 3K megawatts to Luzon grid until 2017

Oct 13, 2014 - 6:52 PM

Meralco has also signed 150 MW of committed interruptible load capacity from various ILP participants

Belmonte: Aquino to have emergency powers before 2014 ends

Oct 13, 2014 - 3:06 PM

It would be safer if Congress puts to law the President’s emergency power and have a certain margin that we can actually control says the House Speaker

NO TO POLITICAL CHA-CHA. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr thumbs down anew proposals to allow President Benigno Aquino III to seek a 2nd term. Photo by Rappler

'Manila should do better than Cebu in solving power shortage'

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:24 AM

I think ILP is a kind of solution where everyone loses a little bit They re happy losing a little bit for the sake of everyone says Visayan Electric Company CEO Sebastian Lacson of Cebu s experience with ILP after typhoon Yolanda

Meralco customers to pay for ILP?

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:12 PM

Meralco has to pay its Interruptible Load Program participants thus its customers may have to shoulder an additional 7 5 centavos for monthly generation charge

Policy body eyes raising megawatts for wind energy projects

Oct 08, 2014 - 10:19 PM

The National Renewable Energy Board say raising installation targets for wind energy projects to 500 megawatts will help ease the summer power crisis in 2015

'No power rate hike if Aquino uses Malampaya fund'

Oct 06, 2014 - 6:13 PM

While government subsidizes the added costs in generating more power in summer next year Energy Secretary Petilla suggests it could use the Malampaya fund to spare consumers from paying more

WWF: Renewable energy is the best solution to power crisis

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:30 AM

The World Wide Fund for Nature reiterates its call for the Philippine government to focus on renewable energy solutions as a long term strategy in power supply

Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

AES Philippines Inc is planning to introduce battery energy storage in the country hopefully soon to help ease the summer 2015 power crisis

Congress adjourns, no additional powers for Aquino

Sep 27, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Instead of an outright grant of additional powers to President Aquino both houses of Congress opt to file resolutions seeking inquiries on the country s power supply situation

Meralco taps additional 400-MW capacity for summer 2015

Sep 26, 2014 - 4:47 PM

The utility firm says it is now firming negotiations with power producers to help address the supply deficiency in Luzon

House to probe need for special powers for Aquino

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:44 AM

The House opts for a congressional hearing over the outright grant of special powers to President Benigno Aquino III to address a looming energy crisis in 2015

DOE warns of 7-week rotating brownout in 2015

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says that if President Aquino does not get special powers at the soonest time there will be a red alert or insufficient power supply in the summer of 2015

Senate to begin hearings on Aquino's additional powers

Sep 24, 2014 - 7:12 PM

Senate committee on energy chairman Senator Sergio Osmeña III says he will also conduct technical working group meetings during the break

CHAIRMAN: Senator Sergio Osmeña III chairs the Senate committee on energy. Rappler file photo

Petilla to Congress: Act fast, energy crisis looms

Sep 22, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Senators Osmeña and Drilon have misgivings about granting the President emergency powers Energy chief Petilla says They don t understand what s going on

Aquino asks Congress for powers to solve power shortage

Sep 16, 2014 - 2:50 PM

The joint resolution needs the concurrence of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it can be approved

It’s still the economy, stupid

Sep 13, 2014 - 4:30 PM

If the administration fails to resolve problems that may hamper the economy the President s endorsement may become a kiss of death in 2016

Aquino seeks Congress help to address power shortage

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:20 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he will formally ask Congress to sign a joint resolution to allow the government to contract additional power supply to address the projected 2015 power deficit

MAP says emergency powers to address looming power crisis

Aug 25, 2014 - 3:37 PM

But the business group calls for a ‘limited’ implementation of Section 71 of EPIRA to avoid any abuse

PSALM approves rehab of Malaya plant

Aug 20, 2014 - 8:43 AM

The rehabilitation of the Malaya Unit 1 will help plug the anticipated power supply deficiency next year

Solving the energy crisis by empowering the people

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Dear President Aquino: Your administration can be remembered for making the Philippines a leader in climate adaptation – but first cut the red tape

DOE: No plant shutdowns in summer 2015

Aug 17, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The scheduled shutdown of the Malampaya plant next year however can no longer be moved

Petilla: No need for Aquino to invoke emergency powers if …

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:47 PM

… PSALM will be allowed to contract additional generation capacities to address the Luzon power crisis in 2015

Meralco hikes rates in August

Aug 08, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Households with a monthly average consumption of 200 kWh should expect a P62 increase in their bill

RATE HIKE. People arrive at the office of Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, to make payments. File photo by Agence France-Presse / JAY DIRECTO