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Coal producers enlisted as excise collecting agents

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has instructed coal producers to withhold the excise tax payable from buyers of coal products such as power generators.

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...

Semirara’s coal biz cushions effects of plant shutdowns

SEMIRARA Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC)’s net income stood at P8.1 billion by end-June, 3% higher than what it generated a year ago, as its coal business cushioned the effects of the plant shutdowns of its power unit.

Coal spill

WORKERS mobilized by Holcim Philippines, Inc. clean up the shores of Quirino, Bacnotan in La Union on July 20 after coal spilled from the company’s cement factory.

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...

SMPC expects profit growth despite plant shutdowns

Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) expects profit growth this year despite the plant shutdowns as its coal business is expected to offset the...

Energizing a nation

Electricity consumption in the Philippines continues to grow every year, and in 2017, it reached a new peak of 94,370 gigawatt hours (GWh), latest...

Meralco criticized for using power outage threat to push for approval...

An energy research institution has criticized distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) for pushing for the approval of power supply agreements (PSAs) with coal-fired...

SMPC’s Batangas coal plant back online

Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) said on Monday, March 19, that the first 300-megawatt (MW) unit of its two-unit coal-fired thermal power plant...

Bicam reduces Senate-proposed excise on thermal coal by half

THE bicameral conference committee reconciling Senate and House versions of the tax reform package has agreed to reduce the proposed excise tax on thermal...

San Buenaventura plant on track to start operations by mid-2019

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor CONSTRUCTION of the 455-megawatt (MW) San Buenaventura power plant in Quezon province is more than halfway completed, Manila Electric Co....

Power plant pipeline signals continued dominance of coal

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor COAL remains the dominant source of power for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao during the first half and will continue to...

Semirara Mining pays P1.7B in first-half royalty

SEMIRARA Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) said on Friday that its first-half royalty payments to the Energy department reached P1.69 billion, nearly three times...

SC urged: Compel DENR and DoE to review coal plants ‘proliferation’

A GROUP of environmental advocates and lawyers petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday to compel the Department of Energy (DoE) and Department of Environment...

Five questions on Germany’s green energy shift

BERLIN — Germany’s Energiewende or energy transition is its biggest infrastructure project of the post-World War II era, and its greatest national challenge since...