ICSC: Panay blackouts signal urgent need to reevaluate the island’s energy system

2024-01-11T16:27:53+08:0011 Jan 2024|Tags: , , , , , , , |

QUEZON CITY, January 11, 2024 – Residents of Panay, the sixth largest island in the Philippines covering the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo, and parts of Guimaras experienced large-scale blackouts from January 2 to 5 caused by the tripping of major coal-fired power plants.  Local governments and business groups from Panay and Guimaras [...]

Luzon Yellow alerts may be raised starting April 24 [Inquirer.net]

2023-04-24T10:29:51+08:0019 Apr 2023|Tags: , , |

MANILA  -Yellow alerts are expected to be raised in the Luzon grid as soon as April 24 and persist until mid-June despite the Department of Energy’s (DOE) softer projection this year, according to a report by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC). In its 2023 Luzon Power Outlook report released on Tuesday, the international energy policy group warned that the country’s power supply situation may become precarious for around eight weeks as demand steadily increases.

OCD: Thin reserves despite sufficient power supply [CNN]

2023-04-24T09:40:34+08:0018 Apr 2023|Tags: , , |

There's enough power supply now but reserves are thin, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said Tuesday, citing the Department of Energy. The OCD, however, said it expects a bump in supply in the coming months as the Ilijan LNG Power Plant and the First Gen Power Plant come back on line.

SONA 2022: ICSC responds to President Marcos, Jr.’s energy roadmap

2022-07-26T12:13:08+08:0026 Jul 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reiterates calls for renewable energy push, abolition of pasa-load, reduction of power cost, and increase in power supply QUEZON CITY, 26 July 2022 – Reacting to President Marcos, Jr.’s pronouncements in his first State of the Nation Address citing cheap and reliable energy as a fundamental requirement for economic growth, ICSC Senior Policy [...]

ICSC: Outages on Luzon grid show need for flexible, distributed energy

2022-07-07T15:02:13+08:0023 Jun 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Angelica Y. Yang/Philstar.com | June 22, 2022 | READ THE STORY HERE MANILA, Philippines — Problems with power supply on the Luzon grid, which was placed on red alert and saw power outages last Saturday — highlight the need for flexible and distributed power system that is not dependent on large centralized power plants, [...]

Outages likely during elections, says group

2022-05-12T12:48:14+08:0029 Apr 2022|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Alena Mae S. Flores | April 29, 2022 | Published by Manila Standard | READ THE STORY HERE Despite government assurances to the contrary, rotating brownouts are likely during and after the national elections on May 9, a climate and energy policy group said Thursday. The group, the Institute for Climate and [...]

Experts to next admin: Abolish ‘pasa-load subsidy’ of power companies

2022-03-30T19:20:49+08:0030 Mar 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Electoral bets challenged to prioritize affordable, reliable, secure power QUEZON CITY, 30 March 2022 – Entering the final month before the May 9 elections, energy policy experts called on candidates running for national posts to make the energy transition central to their infrastructure agenda. The experts called for the immediate removal of the [...]

Profiting from outages

2022-03-28T16:37:43+08:0026 Mar 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Windfall earnings from spot market spikes go to a blessed few, while the public chafes under rising electric bills. by Atty. Pedro Maniego Jr. | March 26, 2022 | Published by BusinessMirror | READ THE STORY HERE POOR Filipinos. On top of their suffering from the pandemic, they have to cope with ever-increasing electricity prices. [...]

Power supply for elections, rest of Q2 2022 in critical state – ICSC report

2022-03-07T17:50:49+08:0008 Feb 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

QUEZON CITY, 8 February 2022 – A climate and energy policy group predicts an electricity shortfall across the Luzon grid this summer, especially during the weeks leading up to and immediately after the coming elections this May, in a new report released today. The report by the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), entitled [...]

Who is profiting from the power outages?

2021-09-10T11:09:02+08:0004 Sep 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Alberto Dalusung III and Jephraim Manansala | September 4, 2021 | Published by BusinessMirror | READ THE STORY HERE Power outages are back with a vengeance. Those of us in Luzon remember the rotating brownouts from May 31 to June 1. More recently, there was a blackout that affected the whole of Eastern Visayas, [...]

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