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AYALA-OWNED Manila Water Co., Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading institutions in Australia for water security in the Asia Pacific. Manila Water said it partnered with the International Water Centre, Australia and the University of Queensland, Australia Advance Water Management Centre to form a program aimed at…

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nation’s (Asean) plans to forge closer energy ties have taken a major step forward after Malaysia, Thailand and Laos sealed a cross-border trading arrangement. The Energy Purchase Wheeling Agreement (EWPA), described as the region’s first multilateral power grid deal, allows Malaysia to purchase up to…

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The Philippines and Singapore have agreed to partner on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric vehicle initiatives, a senior Energy department official said. Phillippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran have assigned point persons to collaborate and coordinate for further exchanges, Energy Undersecretary…

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The Energy department is optimistic that an exploration contract shelved in the wake of a territorial dispute with China will finally get under way. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said told reporters on Wednesday that he had asked the Office of the President to approve Service Contract No. 57, which covers…

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Clearly defined policies will allow the Philippines to maximize its renewable energy (RE) potentials, a Danish company said. Vestas Asia Pacific President Clive Turton told reporters on Tuesday that the country was uniquely positioned to supply clean and cheap wind energy. While investors waiting and ready with their checkbooks, Turton…

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ALSONS Consolidated Resources, Inc. (ACR) confirmed that the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) had approved Global Business Power Corp.’s (GBPC) plan to acquire a 50 percent minus one share in Alsons Thermal Energy Corp. (ATEC) from ACR. ACR told the local bourse on Tuesday that GBPC will purchase 50 percent minus…

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HONDA Motor Co., Ltd. will commence the testing of a detachable mobile battery in Romblon in the Philippines to enable the utilization of surplus electricity in areas where people have little or no access to electricity supply. The Japanese automaker announced on its website on Monday that it will start…

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The Senate has approved the creation of a P750-million emergency fund for electric cooperatives whose services are affected by natural disasters. Legislators on Monday unanimously backed the Electric Cooperative Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act of 2017, which is aimed at facilitating the restoration of power services and the rehabilitation of…

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IN a bid to speed up the government’s rural electrification efforts, the Department of Energy (DoE) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) worth P131 million with three electric cooperatives to energize remote areas in Bohol, Quezon, and Palawan with prepaid solar home systems. The undertaking entails the installation of…

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ASEAN energy ministers are meeting this week in Manila to push the development of an efficient, reliable, and resilient power infrastructure for the region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as outlined in a 2016-2025 plan of action, is working on linking the region’s power markets, which was piloted in…