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Electricity rates drop this month

MANILA ELECTRIC Co. (Meralco) announced on Thursday a decrease in electricity rates for September by P0.1458 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in what the distribution utility described as a relief amid rising fuel and food prices.

Meralco to lower power rates this month

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced on Thursday, Sept. 6, a decrease in electricity rates for September by P0.1458 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to P10.0732 per...

Solar Philippines’ Leviste ‘accepts challenge’ to energize poorly served areas

Solar Philippines President Leandro L. Leviste has accepted the challenge of electric cooperatives to prioritize "unserved and underserved" areas in the Philippines in his...

Transmission line that will improve Samar power supply near completion —...

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Wednesday that it is close to complete the Ormoc-Babatngon 138-kilovolt (kV) line that is aimed...

DMCI Power sales up by 20% in second quarter

Sales of DMCI Power Corp. (DPC) rose by a fifth in the second quarter of 2018, driven by the demand for electricity in Palawan,...

Five power projects cleared for grid impact study — DoE

The Department of Energy (DoE) has cleared five projects to conduct their separate study on their project's impact on the national transmission grid as...

Meralco seeks rate hike amid higher excise tax on coal

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is asking the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for provisional authority to adjust the price of electricity in its power supply...

ERC sets public hearings for Napocor funding petition

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has set public hearings starting next month for the petition of state-led National Power Corp. (Napocor) to avail of...

ADB plans scaling up PHL pilot microgrid project without grant money

Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to scale up its pilot microgrid project in the Philippines through a business model that will not require grant...

EDC’s first-half net income down by 21%

Energy Development Corp. (EDC) reported a first-half profit of P4.1 billion, down 21% from last year's P5.2 billion recurring net income attributable to equity...

DoE identifies six regions in need of electrification

The Department of Energy (DoE) has identified six regions with electrification levels falling below 80% that may be among the first to be offered...

Meralco power rates to rise this month

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has announced an increase in the overall electricity rates for August at P10.2190 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), or P0.0265 higher than...

Main energy sources (by region)

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Researcher Coal accounted for half of electricity generated in the Philippines last year. It is the main source of energy...

NEA to receive lower budget in 2019

State agency National Electrification Administration (NEA) will be receiving from the national government P1.163 billion budget for next year, significantly lower than what it received...

July inflation seen at 5.6%

Inflation likely surged to 5.6% in July led by higher electricity rates and rice prices plus a new wave of excise taxes on cigarettes,...

Solar Philippines challenges latest bid for Meralco’s power supply

Solar Philippines Tarlac Corp. has offered to sell electricity to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) at P2.34 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), challenging a previous offer from...

How reliant is the Philippines on renewable energy?

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Researcher Renewable energy resources — which include geothermal, hydropower, biomass, solar and wind — accounted for 25% of the...

Inflation seen to pick up further this month

The central bank says inflation could pick up further in July as most commodities saw prices rise. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said...

Meralco’s second-quarter profit gets boost from electricity sales

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) reported a core net income of P5.93 billion in the second quarter, higher by 7.4% compared with the P5.52-billion profit...

Gatchalian: Malampaya fund can be used to bring down electricity rates

Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian on Monday, July 30, sees the bill allocating the P204 billion Malampaya funds to cover universal charge as the fastest...

Meralco seeks ERC approval to include local franchise tax in Biñan...

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to implement the new local franchise tax rate imposed by Biñan City in...

NGCP seeks ERC approval to procure ancillary services from power firms

Privately-owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for provisional authority to implement its ancillary services procurement...

NEA loans to electric cooperatives reach P1.29 billion in first half

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) on Tuesday, July 24, said loans it extended to electric cooperatives (ECs) in the first half reached P1.29 billion,...

NEA, DICT working together to bring broadband connectivity to rural areas

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have started exploring arrangements to bring broadband connectivity into the...

Electric cooperatives in Samar, Laguna face penalty for failure to remit...

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has fined electric cooperatives in Samar and Laguna for failing to remit the feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) to state...

Electricity consumption across regions up by nearly 4% in 2017

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Reporter Last year, electricity consumption in the Philippines rose 3.9% to 94.4 million MWh from 90.8 million MWh in...

Philippines’ power generation sources (by plant type)

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Researcher The Philippines is highly dependent on coal as source for electricity generation. Coal power plants generated 46.8 million MWh...

Meralco looking at Isla Verde to set up first microgrid

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is looking at Isla Verde, an island within its franchise area, as its first venture in putting up a microgrid...

Meralco sees around 6.5% sales growth in first half

Electricity sales in June has eased because of the cool weather, tempering power sales growth for the first half to around 6.5%, the top...

Electric cooperatives report higher sales in first quarter

Electric cooperatives recorded an 11% increase in electricity sales during the first quarter to 4,924 gigawatt-hours (gWh), about half of which were consumed by...

NIA plans to build floating solar power plants on dams, reservoirs

The National Irrigation Administration is venturing into floating solar power plant on its dams and reservoirs, the agency said on Wednesday, June 13, as...

Full foreign ownership in utilities faces tough Senate debate amid federalism...

THE chairman of the Senate energy committee has expressed concerns about a plan to grant full foreign ownership over power distribution and transmission as well as water services under a federal form of government as called for in a proposed constitutional change.

Retail power suppliers hit 1,000-contract milestone

MORE major energy users signed up to buy power from retail electricity suppliers in the first quarter, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said.

Solar PHL aims to deliver 24-hour power in 2 towns

SOLAR Philippines Power Project Holdings, Inc. targets to deliver 24 hours of electricity to two towns in Masbate and Cagayan provinces by the end of June as the company expands its initiative to build microgrids in poorly served areas in the Philippines.

TransCo to apply for lower FiT rate for 2019

THE National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) expects electricity users to pay a lower feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) for 2019 as it plans to seek from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) a rate below 2018’s P0.2932 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Sentinel of the energy sector

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, has played a crucial part in the development of the Philippines....

Constantly improving

Created as a purely independent regulatory body performing the combined quasi-judicial, quasi-legislative, and administrative functions in the electric industry under the Electric Power Industry...

Meralco bills to go down for a second month in June

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) has announced on Thursday a P0.1252 per kilowatt-hour (/kWh) reduction in the overall electricity rate for a typical household in June, marking the second straight month of decline.

Meralco rates to go down this month

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has announced on Thursday, June 7, a decrease of P0.1252 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in the overall electricity rates for a...

ERC to dismiss power supply deals that fail submit ECC

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will dismiss applications for power supply agreements (PSA) between power generation companies and distribution utilities that fail to submit...

Meralco to build microgrids outside franchise area

MANILA ELECTRIC Co. (Meralco) plans to build microgrids outside its franchise area to serve communities that remain without access to electricity, its president said.

Meralco keeps capex steady for the next four years

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) expects its capital expenditure for the next regulatory period spanning mid-2019 to mid-2023 to track around the same amount as the previous period, at around P18 billion a year, its president said.

House shelves bill on recoverable system loss

Lawmakers on Tuesday, May 22, shelved the draft bill on recoverable system loss for further review after noting its provisions are similar to a...

Meralco power rates to drop this month

Electricity rates in May will decrease to P0.5436 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for a typical household largely because of a drop in the generation charge...

Meralco net income up 10% in first quarter

Listed distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) posted a net income of P5.312 billion in the first quarter, higher by 10.28% compared with the...