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‘Ensure power supply for vaccine rollout’

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has urged that power supply stability in the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) be further improved in preparation for the coming summer months and the rollout of the government’s Covid-19 vaccine program.

‘Govt must include energy efficiency in power mix’

AN energy group is calling on the government to include energy efficiency as one of the resources in charting the country’s energy mix. In a panel discussion during this week’s 2019 Philippine Infrastructure Conference, the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance proposed that governments, be it here or overseas, “should slowly move toward incorporating energy efficiency as […]

‘Green finance’ led by S’pore can help mobilise global action against climate change: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE – Even though Singapore accounts for only a tiny fraction of global emissions, it aims to use “green financing”, technology and innovation to help mobilise the fight against “the ultimate challenge for humankind” of climate change, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Monday (Nov 11). Mr Ong, who is also a board member […]

‘It sends a negative message’: Hydropower players lament PLN power cap in Sumatra

Hydropower plants developers have expressed their concerns over the decision of state-owned PLN, their plants’ offtaker, to place a cap on power production amid weak electricity demand in Sumatra, saying it might deter investments.

‘Leapfrogging’ the grid: Hybrid lithium-flow in action at a remote Thai village microgrid

While energy storage, like the electrification of transport, is often discussed as the ‘Next Big Thing’ for first world economies, this emerging technology is starting to play an important role in developing nations too. Just as mobile telephony revolutionised telecommunications in developing economies during the past two decades by leapfrogging the need for fixed line […]

‘Murang Kuryente Act’ to lower electricity rates in next few months

MANILA, Philippines — The newly-signed “Murang Kuryente Act” will lower consumers’ electricity rates by October or November this year, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Friday. “It will be seen probably on the fourth quarter of this year, October or November but the deadline is 90 days,” Gatchalian, chairman of Senate committee on energy, told ABS-CBN […]

‘No disconnection’ policy to save consumers from ‘Christmas brownouts’

Filipino consumers will be spared from worrying over electricity service interruptions or brownouts during the Christmas holidays, as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) formalized its order of “no electricity service disconnection’ until December 31 this year.

‘No fish’: How dams and climate change are choking Asia’s great lake

For more than half a century, January meant prime fishing season for Pang Bin. He took his wooden boat out into Cambodia’s largest lake, his catches and their sales sustaining his family for much of the year. This month, the 75-year-old decided to call it quits, but not because of age or any health concerns. […]

‘No plan’ to reduce electricity bills nationwide

Despite the reduction of electricity tariffs for factory workers suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC), the autonomous government agency responsible for managing and administering electric power in the country, has said that “a general plan for electricity bill reduction has yet to be raised.”

‘Not sacrificing my grandchildren’s future’: Minister Luhut vows govt will protect environment

Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has asserted the government’s commitment to not sacrifice the archipelago’s environment for economic development. Speaking during a discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday, Luhut said Indonesia was looking for its own “equilibrium; not that used by the United States and Europe.” “I will never issue any regulations that […]