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Luzon on power yellow alert after series of earthquakes – DOE

ngcp says available capacity was set at 9,300 megawatts (mws) compared to the peak demand of 9,370 mws
RED ALERT. NGCP says available capacity was set at 9,300 megawatts (MWs) compared to the peak demand of 9,370 MWs. Red alert means there is a power deficiency, while a yellow alert means reserves are thin

The NGCP lifts ‘red alert’ status for the Luzon power grid past 3 pm, Monday, April 10. But the energy department warns the Luzon grid might not be spared from brownouts this summer due to tight electricity supply

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 10, 2017) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has placed Luzon power grid under “yellow alert” status from “red alert,” after some plants went online for additional supply. Continue reading Luzon on power yellow alert after series of earthquakes – DOE

Let’s find balance between coal and renewables

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FINDING A BALANCE. ‘We lack capacity for dependable power. We can’t just merely rely on renewables for now,’ DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

‘We have to help one another find that solution. I’m sure Ms. Gina Lopez is open to a solution to adequate power supply,’ says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

MANILA, Philippines (July 4, 2016) — “We cannot just discount coal,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in reaction to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s advocacy to stop coal-fired power plants. Continue reading Let’s find balance between coal and renewables

Review of PH energy policy underway

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‘It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait,’ says Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair of the Climate Change Commission

MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2016) — For the next 6 months, the Philippine government will embark on a comprehensive review of its energy policy aimed at cutting down dependence on coal, while taking into consideration the reality of climate change in crafting national and local development plans. Continue reading Review of PH energy policy underway

‘Pedal for the Planet’ at the main Earth Hour switch-off

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Bikes, e-vehicles, renewables, plus other low-carbon solutions are event highlights

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 18, 2016) — Bicycles, electric vehicles, renewable energy technologies plus other climate change solutions shall highlight this year’s main Earth Hour switch-off in the Philippines, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

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PH largest solar farm up in Batangas

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BIGGEST SOLAR FARM Rather than harvest rice and corn, this 160-hectare farm in Calatagan, Batangas province, the largest solar facility in the country, generates heat from the sun, providing power to the western part of Batangas.
A sea of metalloid panels as far as the eye can see gleams in the sun in a 160-hectare farm traversing a rolling terrain near the foot of Mount San Piro in Batangas province

March 1, 2016 —Instead of growing crops like rice or corn, this vast farm harvests heat from the sun and generates enough energy to power the whole of western Batangas.

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Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

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SHIFTING FOCUS. Alsons Consolidated Resources, Incorporated, which is expected to contribute 600 megawatts of capacity to Mindanao, is shifting its focus to renewable energy.
Alsons Renewable will construct a hydroelectric plant along the Siguil River in Maasim, Sarangani

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 22, 2016) — Alsons Renewable Energy Corporation (AREC), a subsidiary of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Incorporated (ACR), earmarked $650 million to pursue investments Continue reading Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

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TO OPEN OR NOT? Reopening the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant remains a key issue in today’s nuclear power debate. All photos by Jansen Romero/Rappler
Pro-nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

BATAAN, Philippines (Jan. 10, 2016) — Public decision could seal the fate of the old and dormant Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), but first, the state would have to lay the options down clearly.

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Aquino calls for meeting to address Mindanao power woes

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POWER SITUATION. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the ceremonial switch-on of the Davao baseload power plant, Friday, January 8, 2016. A meeting would be convened next week to address the worsening power situation in Mindanao due to right-of-way violations and bombing of transmission towers. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau
Issues on right-of-way violations, transmission towers bombing hound the region. The energy department is creating a task force to address the situation.

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 9, 2016) — President Benigno Aquino III will convene a meeting with energy officials next week to address the worsening power situation in Mindanao due to right of way (ROW) violations and bombing of transmission towers, he said on Friday, January 8.

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