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A commitment to the transition towards a better and more sustainable...

The coronavirus pandemic has become the biggest global crisis in recent history. Yet, even when the world overcomes this, there are still others far...

Energy dep’t releases LNG investment guide

THE government has launched a guide for foreign investors interested in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects which was developed with US assistance.

Energy experts urge expedited transition to renewable power

THE Philippines must pick up the pace of its transition to clean power if it wants to make unacceptably risky for developers to build facilities running on fossil fuel, according to energy industry experts.

Energy efficiency industry asserts eligibility for 10 years’ worth of incentives

THE energy efficiency industry said it is seeking fiscal incentives for 10 years, claiming that the industry is eligible for such treatment under the law regulating the sector as well as the Philippines’ investment priority plan.

Energy efficiency industry claims eligibility for 6-year tax holiday

THE energy efficiency industry said energy-saving projects should qualify for a six-year income tax holiday based on its interpretation of the Omnibus Investments Code.

Energy consumption reporting deadline moved to April 2021 — DoE

THE Department of Energy (DoE) further extended the deadline for establishments to submit their power consumption reports to mid-April 2021.

Energy efficiency industry, angling for slice of PESA money, touts job-creation...

ENERGY efficiency projects have the potential to generate 45% more jobs than the government's flagship infrastructure program, assuming extensive investment from the economic stimulus package, the industry association said.

Relaxed power supply contracts ‘disastrous’ to plant operations

POWER producers said they cannot relax their supply contracts with distribution utilities (DU) and electric cooperatives (EC) to lower generation costs as this move would disrupt the energy supply chain.

Use funds for power plant hosts as consumer subsidy — cooperatives

Rural power cooperatives wanted to tap electrification funds under the Energy Regulation (ER) 1-94 to allow them to further subsidize electricity costs for poor customers affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), after the Energy department ordered the redirection of the funds to help the government in its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

ERC authorizes transfer of FiT-All component to fund renewable energy firms

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Friday allowed the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) to draw funds from the Feed-in-Tariff Differential (FD) component of the Feed-in-Tariff Allowance (FiT-All) chest to augment deficiencies in the cost recovery revenue (CRR) sub-account to continue funding renewable energy producers.

Energizing the country

Energy is one of the earmarks of modern living and convenience. Most households and businesses rely on it to run appliances and office equipment....

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.

Meeting pressing demands

The petroleum industry in the country continues to grow as it keeps on meeting pressing demands. According to the Philippine Energy Situationer published by...

A fruitful year

Passion and Philosophy: Atty. Ray C. Espinosa The year 2018 was an especially good year for the Philippines’ largest electric distribution company, the Manila Electric Company...

Delayed energy efficiency law seen reducing projected savings benefits

THE delay in the passage of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EE&C) is depriving the economy of the immediate benefits of the P37.8 trillion estimated savings from curbing energy use through 2040, the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) said.

Playing a powerful role

“Quality, reliable, secure, and affordable power throughout the entire archipelago will be the backbone of a vibrant and robust Philippine economy,” wrote Department of...

The rewards of sustainability and energy efficiency

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) contends that unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption pose a threat to human health and quality of...

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...

PSALM bids out MTPP property in Manila

THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) is once again bidding out the property of Manila Thermal Power Plant (MTPP) located along the Pasig River in Isla de Provisor, Paco Manila.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Energy department issues safety guidelines on transporting LPG in cylinders

The Department of Energy (DoE) has issued an administrative order jointly with other government agencies directing all liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry participants to...

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 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...

NGCP says it’s ready for surge in power demand during peak...

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has given its assurance that it is prepared for the surge in power demand and the constraints...

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.

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).

DOE: First shipment of imported oil from non-OPEC sources to arrive...

The Department of Energy (DoE) targets to receive in June the first shipment of oil from non-members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting...

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...

DoE gives go-ahead to importing ‘cheaper’ diesel from Russia — Roque

Malacañang said on Tuesday, May 29, that the Department of Energy has given the green light to import “cheaper” diesel fuel from Russia. “May go...

DoE to call for fuel tax suspension when average oil prices...

The tax reform law has a mechanism that calls for the Energy department to prompt the suspension of another increase in taxes imposed on...

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...

DMCI sets P40.7-billion capex for 2018

DMCI Holdings, Inc. is setting aside P40.7 billion in capital expenditure this year, the bulk of which will go into its property and integrated...

Pilipinas Shell, Phoenix Petroleum win supply bid for two power plants

The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) selected Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. as the winning bidders for...

ERC approves P1-billion worth of capex applications

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved applications for capital expenditure projects amounting to around P1.15 billion as of April this year, the agency...

PSALM approves P264-million contract to maintain Malaya plant

Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has approved a budget of P264 million for the a one-year contract to operate and maintain...

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...

SMPC sees lower energy generation in first quarter

Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) expects its first-quarter energy generation to be lower by at least 20% because of the series of power...

DOE kicks off information campaign on proposed uniform electricity bill

The Department of Energy (DoE) has started going around the country in its campaign to inform the public of its proposal to introduce a...

Ninety percent of Philippines’ installed capacity deemed ‘dependable’ — report

The Philippines has shown improvement on the reliability of its power plants over the years, based on a 15-year statistics released by the Department...