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Demand from retail electricity users declines during lockdown

POWER consumption of retail customers at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) fell drastically as their businesses were shut during the quarantine period.

Meralco says meter readings for May bills ‘accurate’

AMID mounting concerns by customers on increased electricity bills for May, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said its meter readings remain accurate and transparent.

Metro Manila electricity bills to go down in May

ELECTRICITY rates in Metro Manila are likely to go down this month, with typical households getting at least a P50 cut in their bills, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said on Friday.

Electricity market prices expected to increase post-ECQ

THE market operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) is expecting spot prices of electricity to increase in May, as demand is also projected to gradually rise soon after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted on April 30.

Electricity pricing under hysteria conditions

The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) which the government hoisted over the entire Luzon has resulted in large-scale business and economic losses. The overall impact on the 1st quarter GDP will be known in about two months from now, but the decline in electricity demand is known daily.

DoE and NDRRMC coordinating power needs in volcano-affected areas

THE Department of Energy (DoE) is coordinating with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on controlling the electricity supply in the immediate vicinity of Taal volcano in case of a hazardous eruption.

Developments in actualizing the country’s future electric power sector masterplan

Last year, several yellow alerts and occasional red alerts were issued in the Luzon grid, causing unexpected shutdown of power plants and eventually great...

IEMOP’s bright year as WESM operator

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino, Special Features Writer With its assumption of the operations of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) on Sept. 28, 2018, the...

ERC releases draft rules on commercial operations of distributed, hybrid energy

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has released a draft of the rules that include distributed energy resources and hybrid energy systems as among those that need prior certification from the agency before they can commercially operate.

3 cooperatives sign power deal

THREE electric cooperatives in Mindanao have signed an agreement with a non-government group to power the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur using renewable energy.

The makings of a leader

Passion and Philosophy: Atty. Ray C. Espinosa As the newly-appointed president and chief executive officer of a company as prominent as the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco),...

A blueprint for a powered future

The Department of Energy (DoE) has set a grand plan back in 2017, named the Philippine Energy Plan 2017-2040 (PEP), aimed towards preparing the...

Setting the bar high in powering Filipino communities

It has only been over a year since former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson took up the role...

A Transition Year: The road to WESM run by an independent...

Year in review The past year saw some significant strides and historic shifts in the governance and operation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). In...

A Transition Year: The road to WESM run by an independent...

Year in review The past year saw some significant strides and historic shifts in the governance and operation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). In...

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...