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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...

Google aims to run on carbon-free energy by 2030

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alphabet Inc.’s Google aims to power its data centers and offices 24-7 using solely carbon-free electricity by 2030, its chief executive told Reuters, building on its previous goal of matching its energy use with 100% renewable energy.

Renewables industry pushes for ‘green’ stimulus programs

SUPPORTERS of green energy are urging the government to highlight renewables in its economic recovery plan, saying that such a measure will make the economy more resilient while generating jobs.

Chevron is installing solar panels — to produce oil more cheaply

In California’s sun-drenched Kern Valley, Chevron Corp. has found a way to use one of the state’s clean-energy programs to cut the cost of pumping oil, to the chagrin of some environmentalists.

Renewables board studying changes in power contracting rules

THE National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) is considering adjusting the minimum level of electricity contracted from renewable energy developers to improve the Philippines’ chances of hitting a target of 35% of power from renewables over the next decade.

No rate increase from modified renewable tariffs, regulator says

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said a component of electricity bills for renewables development will not be affected by its recently-approved adjustment to the feed-in-tariff (FiT) for 2016 to 2020.

Renewable fund to raise $2.5B for region’s recovery from pandemic

A RENEWABLE-ENERGY fund will invest more than $2.5 billion in Southeast Asian renewable energy projects to support the region’s recovery from the pandemic, with a focus on the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

PHL urged to switch to ‘resilient’ renewables after the pandemic

THE Philippines needs to grab the opportunity to power its grid post-pandemic with renewable energy, which have proved to be “resilient” despite the disruptions caused by the public health crisis, the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) said.

Renewables seen key in powering post-pandemic recovery

YUCHENGCO-LED PetroEnergy Resources Corp. expects renewable energy (RE) to play a “key role” in helping provide stable power as it forecasts demand for reliable and efficient electricity supply to increase.

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....

Leading the future of energy in the Philippines

Manny V. Pangilinan has ever been the face of energy in recent Philippine memory. With good reason, with him chairing the most important 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),...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Renewable energy developers urged to consider ‘green’ bonds

PURE ENERGY Holdings Corp. said renewable energy (RE) developers along with banks and investment firms should look at issuing ”green” bonds to finance their projects amid growing demand for renewables in the Philippines.

Alsons plans to tap Japanese funding for first renewable energy project

Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. (ACR) plans to tap up to 700 million yen in Japanese government grant to build its first renewable energy project,...

Ayala enters Australian renewables market

AC ENERGY Holdings, Inc. is making its foray into Australia, as it announced on Wednesday its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Australian...

AboitizPower launches 100-kilowatt solar rooftop installation

Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower) has launched a 100-kilowatt solar rooftop installation, marking its foray into the small-scale market segment that also further expands its...

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 PowerGen Corporation (MGen): Powering the future and transforming communities

By Romsanne R. Ortiguero A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the largest electric distribution utility in the Philippines, Meralco PowerGen Corporation (MGen)...

Davao Light urges solar rooftop owners to join net metering program

Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. is encouraging its solar rooftop owners to sign up under its net metering program that allows them to...

Solar energy solutions eyed for small buildings

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor A NONPROFIT organization has teamed up with a Dutch solar company and a German development institution to promote access to...

OPMC shareholders approve venture into natural gas

Listed oil exploration company Oriental Petroleum and Minerals Corp. (OPMC) has secured the approval of its stockholders to venture into the upstream and downstream...

BOI approves P86-billion worth of solar projects

The Board of Investments (BOI) recently approved the registration of eight solar projects of Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects, Inc. with a total value...

PetroEnergy’s geothermal project cleared for WESM

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-editor PETROENERGY Resources Corp. on Friday said its geothermal power unit had secured approval to participate in the wholesale electricity spot...

South Korean energy firms eye investments in Philippines

SOUTH KOREAN businesses have renewed their interest in the Philippines, especially in the energy sector, according to the Board of Investments (BoI). In a statement...

BoI approves incentives for renewable energy projects

THE Board of Investments on Friday approved tax incentives for nine renewable energy projects worth P26.7 billion under the Investments Priorities Plan 2017. In a...

Basic Energy hunting for Asian private deals

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-editor BASIC Energy Corp. will be part of four renewable energy projects in Japan, Myanmar and Thailand as approved by its...

BOI okays P35.4-B biomass, wind projects

THE Board of Investments (BOI) has approved four renewable energy (RE) projects totaling P35.4 billion. In a statement, BOI said that it has approved a...

Renewable energy rules may be ready by start of 2018

THE National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) expects the rules on renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and green energy options (GEO) to be cleared by yearend...

Biomass, run-of-river to be recommended for FiT extension

THE National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) is finalizing its recommendation to the Energy department to extend the feed-in-tariff (FiT) system for biomass and run-of-river...

Energy and infrastructure

At the successful 2nd Annual Philippines Energy and Infrastructure Forum held recently sponsored by PNB Capital, BPI Capital and PJS Law, topics included the...