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Singapore court ruling in favor of Maynilad’s claim vs gov’t final

THE DECISION of the Singapore High Court to uphold the arbitral award amounting to at least P3.4 billion in favor of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. has become final after the Philippine government no longer appealed the case.

Electric cooperatives slam Energy chief for backing Solar Para sa Bayan...

ELECTRIC cooperatives have responded to the Energy secretary’s support for Solar Para sa Bayan Corp.’s bid for a nationwide microgrid franchise, in a bluntly worded statement that calls him out for being allegedly biased against them.

JV to develop new dam in Rizal

A JOINT venture (JV) company is developing a new dam in Montalban, Rizal that can serve as a medium-term water source for Manila Water Co., Inc., according to officials of state-led Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

DoE blames global situation for increase in petroleum prices

THE Department of Energy (DoE) on Tuesday blamed the “current global situation” for the rise in petroleum prices as it reassured the public that the agency and energy firms are taking steps to ease the effects on consumers.

Power rates to go down in October

TYPICAL HOUSEHOLDS can expect their monthly electricity bill to go down by P19 in October after distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced on Monday another cut in the overall rates due to a reduction in power generation charges.

Leviste’s ‘low’ electricity rates questioned

A GROUP of solar energy developers has stepped up its opposition to the nationwide franchise being sought by Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp. as it questioned the “low” electricity rates company owner Leandro L. Leviste claimed to offer.

Businesses issue urgent call to build new power plants

THE Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) has called for the “immediate” construction of new power plants to ensure ample long-term supply of electricity while the government embarks on its massive infrastructure program.

Diesel in highest rise this week at P1.45/L

OIL COMPANIES will raise the prices of diesel products this week by P1.45 per liter (/L), the biggest increase so far this year and the eighth week of price hikes since early August.

SNAP seeks ‘nat’l significance’ certification for new project

SN ABOITIZ POWER (SNAP) has submitted its latest hydroelectric project for inclusion in the Energy department’s list of certified energy projects of national significance (CEPNS), the government’s policy that aims to hasten the development of new power plants.

Transco complies with ERC directive on estimating RE capacity

STATE-LED National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) said on Sunday that it has complied with an order issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on how the energy capacities of renewable energy (RE) companies are to be computed, and consequently how much they should be paid.

Alsons offers ancillary services to NGCP to boost Mindanao supply

ALSONS Consolidated Resources, Inc. said on Thursday its power group’s diesel plant in Sarangani had offered to provide ancillary services amounting to 55 megawatts (MW) to privately owned grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to help stabilize power supply in south-central Mindanao.

Consumer group questions TransCo’s FiT overpayment

A CONSUMER GROUP has questioned the P36.53 million overpaid by National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) to renewable energy (RE) companies for the power they produced under the feed-in tariff (FiT) system, and sought a disclosure of an updated figure while pushing for changes in how the amount is being computed.

Cusi defends CEPNS given to Atimonan coal power plant

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has defended its move to certify the 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Atimonan, Quezon as nationally significant, saying the long-delayed project is needed to meet a critical point in the coming years when power supply will be deficient and critical.

San Miguel plans power plants’ transition to biomass technology

SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) said on Wednesday that it was planning to replace coal with rice husks to fuel its circulating fluidized bed (CFB) power plants to boost the income of farmers while the conglomerate moves towards renewable and sustainable energy generation.

Nordic countries tout initiatives toward sustainable energy, clean technology

EMBASSY officials from the Nordic region hosted a luncheon on Wednesday to highlight their nations’ initiatives toward sustainable energy through clean technology innovation while promoting their companies’ solutions for the Philippine setting.

DoE: Limay Power has not submitted application to build LNG import...

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has yet to receive an application from Limay LNG Power Corp. to build an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility, officials of the agency said on Tuesday.

Philippines’ 1st floating solar farm launched

WINNERGY Holdings Corp. commissioned last week a 10-kilowatt-peak (kWp) floating solar farm on Laguna Lake within Baras, Rizal province, the company said on Tuesday.

PSALM declares South Korean firm sole bidder for Malaya O&M contract

POWER SECTOR Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) said it declared Soosan ENS Co., Ltd. the lone bidder for Malaya thermal power plant’s operation and maintenance service contract.

DoE energy mix tweak may see drop in baseload share

THE Department of Energy (DoE) is once again modifying its energy mix policy to reflect what the power distribution system needs, which initial assessment shows baseload plants to account for 55-56% and not the 70% earlier set by the department.

Diesel in biggest hike this year at P1.35/L

OIL COMPANIES will be raising the prices of petroleum products this week, led by diesel’s P1.35-per-liter (/L) increase, its biggest price hike so far this year.

WESM operator flags tax reforms’ price impact

THE OPERATOR of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) has projected ongoing tax reform to increase overall electricity prices progressively until 2020, when the price hike could be as high as P0.1311 per kilowatt-hour (/kWh).

Energy dep’t to identify competitive areas for renewable projects

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a circular that seeks to identify what it calls competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ), which will become the guide in directing the country’s power transmission development to reach areas with potential indigenous energy resources.

Antonio-led Revolution Precrafted expands in Zimbabwe

REVOLUTION Precrafted Properties, Ltd. will start producing prefabricated medical pop-up structures in Zimbabwe after it signed a non-exclusive dealership agreement with investment firm African Tsaleach Private Ltd., the company said on Friday.

MWSS evaluating options if water concessionaires win SC case

THE Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is evaluating its options, including returning to negotiations, should the Supreme Court (SC) decide in favor of Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires that their corporate income tax (CIT) is an expense that can be passed on to consumers.

AboitizPower to acquire stake in Ayala thermal assets for $579M

ABOITIZ POWER Corp. has agreed to acquire a stake in the thermal power company of Ayala-led AC Energy, Inc. for $579.2 million, the two companies said on Thursday.

Ethanol producers seek gov’t go signal to import molasses

LOCAL ETHANOL producers are asking the government to let them import molasses, the feedstock used to make their finished product, instead of allowing oil companies to continue bringing in imported ethanol.

PetroEnergy’s Gabon oil project secures longer exploitation rights

A CONSORTIUM in Gabon in which PetroEnergy Resources Corp. has participating interest has secured an extension to its exclusive oil exploitation rights in the African country for another 10 years, the Yuchengco-led company said on Wednesday.

DoE evaluating 17 projects for perks under EO 30

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has listed 17 projects whose developers want included in the agency’s list of energy projects of national significance (EPNS) to add to the four that have been given an easier time during the permitting process.

PXP Energy says force majeure lifted from Peru oil exploration block

PXP ENERGY Corp. said an exploration block in Peru in which a subsidiary has participating interest had been removed from its force majeure status after recent changes in the hydrocarbon law in the foreign country.

Solar Philippines’ 4,550-MW projects set for grid impact study

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has cleared 12 power development projects in August, including six under Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects, Inc., to conduct a study on their possible impact on the country’s power transmission grid.

Senate bill proposes development authority for Philippine Rise

THE Philippine Rise off the Pacific coast of northern Luzon could serve as a source of energy exports once the appropriate technology develops to tap its reserves, according to Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, who proposed legislation to create an agency regulating the area’s development.

EDC prepares to bid for geothermal concessions in Chile and Peru

LOPEZ-LED Energy Development Corp. (EDC) is preparing to participate in auctions for geothermal concessions in South American countries Chile and Peru, while undertaking initial construction work in a service area it won in Indonesia, its top official said.

Solar firm gathers support from 20 towns

SOLAR PARA Sa Bayan Corp., an entity seeking legislative franchise to operate nationwide, said on Monday that 20 towns had passed resolutions supporting the company’s mini-grid projects.

Fuel prices continue to climb

THE PRICES of gasoline, diesel, and kerosene are increasing again on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the seventh straight week that oil companies have not imposed any rollback on the cost of petroleum products.

Lopez-led EDC says tax reform to hurt renewables

ENERGY Development Corp. (EDC) has called on the government to rethink its plan to remove the incentives currently enjoyed by renewable energy developers, a move which it called misguided the wrong direction for the energy industry.

Oil import bill rises over 34% in first half on weak...

THE OIL IMPORT bill rose by 34.4% in the first half to $6.312 billion, in part due to a depreciating peso, making shipments of crude oil and finished petroleum products more expensive.

Matchmaking to produce tie ups between microgrid developers, co-ops

TECHNOLOGY providers, project developers and investors from Asia, Europe and the US are looking to partner with electric cooperatives in bringing electricity to rural communities by building self-sustaining minigrids.

Six foreign entities keen on joining LNG project, says PNOC

SIX FOREIGN companies have so far “expressed interest” in partnering with Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) in the state-led firm’s plan to put up a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility under a yet to be issued terms via a solicited scheme, its top official said.

PetroSolar’s 20-MW project secures BoI support

PETROSOLAR Corp. has been awarded a certificate of registration by the Board of Investments (BoI) for its 20-megawatt (MW) solar power project, the second phase of its solar farm in Central Technopark, Tarlac City.

Gatchalian questions DoE plan for strategic oil reserve, imports

THE Energy department needs to clarify how much oil it plans to import from Russia and non-members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a legislator said.