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Coal plant project in La Union sparks protests

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Residents are urging the La Union provincial government to pass an anti-coal ordinance to stop the construction of a 670-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Luna town

'PROTECT LA UNION'. Groups converge at the town plaza in San Fernando, La Union, in July 2018 to protest coal-fired power plant to be built in Luna. Screenshot from the video of Diane Mendoza Orpilla

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered 7 years on

Mar 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Authorities are encouraging evacuees to return, but a government survey released earlier this month showed that about half the residents of Namie and Tomioka are not willing to return

REMEMBER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) bows to Prince Akishino (2nd R) and Princess Kiko (R) during the seventh national memorial service for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Tokyo March 11, 2018. Photo by Shizuo Kambayasho/AFP

Napocor asked to open Agus 1 gates, ease flooding in Lanao del Sur

Dec 22, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The Agus 1 hydroelectric power plant controls the flow of water from Lake Lanao to Agus River, which flows through provinces in Lanao Del Sur and Lanao Del Norte

MASSIVE FLOODING. Parts of Bubong town in Lanao Del Sur are submerged in floodwaters. Photo courtesy of ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

AboitizPower expands hydroelectric business

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The company's latest facility is the $47-million Maris hydroelectric power plant in Isabela, which took two years to build

GREENFIELD HYDRO. The $47-million Maris hydroelectric power plant is the first greenfield project of SN AboitizPower, which took the firm two years to build. Photo from AboitizPower

Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI. 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. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

Luzon power grid on yellow alert again

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A Meralco executive expresses concern over the frequent incidence of yellow alerts, but the Department of Energy says there is no cause for alarm

FREQUENT. Yellow alert is a situation when reserve power falls below the required level. Reserves are inadequate to cover the largest running generating unit at the time but does not necessarily lead to power outages. Rappler file photo

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

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

SWS survey, Nuclear firm hacking, Gulf crisis | Midday wRap

Jul 07, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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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

Rockwell Land eyes more commercial developments to counter condo revenue cycle

Jun 01, 2017 - 4:55 PM

UPDATED Though lucrative residential properties bring little to no more revenue for developers once fully turned over

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

May 21, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Switzerland will increase reliance on hydraulic power as well as renewables like solar wind geothermal and biomass

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 11, 2016 shows The Goesgen Nuclear Power Plant near Daeniken, Northern Switzerland.  ?Switzerland on May 21, 2017, votes on whether to overhaul its national energy policy, with proposals on phasing out nuclear energy and boosting reliance on renewables, in the latest referendum in the country's direct democracy system. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in relation to various aspects of the disaster but Friday s ruling marks the first verdict in a group lawsuit by evacuees seeking compensation from both the government and TEPCO over the catastrophe

REMEMBERING FUKUSHIMA. People offer flowers at the monument of the victim of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster during a memorial service in Namie, a no entry zone in Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2017. Photo by kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

News Briefs: February 27, 2017

Feb 27, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 27

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

#DuterteLive: Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Feb 24, 2017 - 6:26 PM

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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

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

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Senior local official Jacques Witkowski says a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant Five people suffer smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows the reactor Flamanville 3 in the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, northwestern France.   An explosion at a nuclear power station in northern France on February 9, 2017 caused minor injuries but happened outside the plant's nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

#DuterteLive: Visit to a power plant in Maasim, Sarangani

Jan 26, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Watch live appearances of President Rodrigo Duterte for the 3rd week of January

President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Malacanang PPD

China charges 10 in power plant collapse that killed 74

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Prosecutors charge 9 people with dereliction of duty while another is charged with bribery in relation to the accident

POWER PLANT ACCIDENT. Workers carry a body on a stretcher from the remains of a collapsed platform in a cooling tower at a power station at Fengcheng in China's Jiangxi province on November 24, 2016. Photo by AFP

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

Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Voters in Switzerland thumb down a plan to close 3 of the country s 5 nuclear reactors next year

Two cars from the Swiss power production and distribution company BKW block access to the road leading to the Muhleberg nuclear power plant to prevent demonstrations near the Swiss capital Bern on November 27, 2016.  Switzerland is due to vote on whether to speed up the process of phasing out the country's nuclear power plants, in a move that would shutter three of its five reactors next year. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

#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

China power plant collapse kills 67 – media

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED A cooling tower platform plunged to the ground in the early hours trapping an unknown number of people beneath it Xinhua reports

LIVE BLOG: #ClimateActionPH Workshop - Cebu

Nov 23, 2016 - 6:21 PM

Here are the highlights of the workshop

Vietnam scraps huge nuclear power plant projects

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:20 AM

The project was suspended not due to technological reasons but the country s current economic situation the government says on its website

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

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

Consult scientists on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant – Recto

Nov 12, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto makes the suggestion following reports that President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the rehabilitation of the BNPP

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

Vietnam to scrap planned nuclear plants – state media

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The planned nuclear facilities in Vietnam would have been the first nuclear plants in Southeast Asia

SC orders awarding of Naga Power Plant to Aboitiz's Therma Power

Oct 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A high court ruling gives the operation and ownership contract of the Naga Power Plant Complex to AboitizPower s Therma Power Visayas Incorporated

COURT RULING. The high court upholds the validity of PSALM’s public bidding of the Naga Power Plant in Cebu, which was then awarded to Aboitiz Power’s Therma Power Visayas Incorporated. Rappler file photo

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

DOE: Nat'l consensus needed to reopen Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:12 PM

DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos says Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not issued a direct order to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

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

Philippines eyes reviving mothballed nuclear plant

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Spokesman Ernesto Abella: Officials are considering all options for sustainable and affordable energy and reviving the Bataan Nuclear Plant is being considered

BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. This photo taken on May 18, 2011, shows the main control room of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, in Bataan. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

DMCI Power building new Palawan plant

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:28 PM

As of June 2016 only 5 400 of the 7 263 households in the municipality of Aborlan where the plant will be built have electricity connections

ELECTRICITY WOES. Aborlan is a first class municipality located 69 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City. Its population is estimated at over 32,000. File photo by Rappler

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

Private engineers to help with DOE audit for free

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem [of blackouts] says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as his department signs an agreement with electrical engineers

DOE tapping private engineers for audit of Luzon power plants

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Department of Energy also reminds the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to prepare for forced outages

DOE probing power utilities' violations amid blackouts

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED As more power outages hit Luzon the Department of Energy orders an investigation into power utilities and an inspection of power plants

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

DOE chief's goals: Lower power rates, 100% electrification

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:25 PM

In his first 100 days Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and his team plan to study existing service contracts and methods to bring down the cost of electricity

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Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

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DOE chief Cusi: Arroyo, Aboitiz have nothing to do with my post

Jul 04, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Cusi says his capabilities as new DOE chief are not defined by his friendship with the Arroyos and his former post at Aboitiz Shipping

COMPETITORS. 'Let us put it this way: They are my competitors. I have been out of Aboitiz since 1990. I have been on my own business since 1991,' New DOE chief Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

Mindanao: Huge challenge for Duterte

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:01 PM

For a unique makeover to happen in Mindanao it needs a special carve out from the business as usual mode that we’ve been accustomed to

Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Jokowi ke PLN: Selesaikan proyek listrik yang mangkrak sejak 7 tahun lalu

Jun 03, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Dengan biaya Rp 1 5 triliun kalau tidak bisa dipakai bisa dibayangkan Setiap masalah harus diselesaikan Tahun ini harus selesai