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Private companies can participate in the government’s rural electrification program as long as they don’t interfere with their operations, a group of electric cooperatives (ECs) said on Friday. At a press conference in Makati City, Reynaldo Lazo, president of the Philippine Association of the Board of Directors of Rural Electric…

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TUGBOAT services provider Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc. (TUGS) has acquired two General Santos City-based solar power firms as part of its diversification into the power business. TUGS told the local bourse on Friday that unit Harbor Star Energy Corp. (HSEC) had entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of 100…

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LISTED PHINMA Energy Corp. is investing in solar projects as it sees a bright future for solar renewable energy (RE). In its 2017 annual report, PHINMA said that aside from solar projects, it is also exploring off-grid solar applications. It will engage in solar power generation and develop retail solar…

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Coal is still the Philippines’ leading source of energy, the Department of Energy (DoE) said. In its 2017 Power Statistics report, DoE said coal posted an installed generating capacity of 8,049 megawatts (MW) last year, a 8.5-percent increase from 2016’s 7,419MW. Renewable energy (RE) rose 1.7 percent to 7,079MW from…

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ENERGO Foundation Pte Ltd is revving up clean energy production in the Philippines with the introduction of the Qtum blockchain platform in cooperation with First Gen, the largest producer of clean energy in the Philippines. Qtum Foundation Pte Ltd.’s platform is capable of executing smart contracts through the integration of…

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Petroleum firms slashed the prices of their products after imposing a hefty price hike for two consecutive weeks, as the price of oil stabilized in the global market. Seaoil announced on Monday it reduced the price of diesel by 30 centavos per liter and 40 centavos per liter for gasoline, but would…

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Electricity consumption in the Philippines increased to 94,370 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2017, the Department of Energy (DoE) said. In its 2017 Power Statistics report, DoE said the figure is 3.93 percent higher than 2016’s 90,798 GWh. Power use in Luzon rose 3.58 percent to 69,625 GWh from 67,221 GWh;…

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The Department of Energy (DoE) has formed a team to monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in the Philippine power industry. Established through Department Circular 2018-03-0005, the team is tasked to gather energy consumption and production data, and conduct GHG inventories and prepare reports on them. It shall collect data on…

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Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced on Friday an increase of P0.2250 per kilowatt hour (kWh) this month, the third time since January. In effect, electricity rates will now be P10.55 per kWh from P10.32 per kWh in March. In a statement, Meralco said power rates went up because of the P0.1773 per…

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Laguna Water launched its sanitation service in a move to make sustainable sanitation accessible and available to all. Called “Tamang Sanitasyon Equals Kalusugan, Kalinisan, at Kaunlaran ng Bayan (TSEK ng Bayan),” the services include sewage management and desludging or septic tank cleaning. It said an individual septic tank must be…

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