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Southeast Asia ‘smart cities’ redesign roads and grids with Japan

TOKYO — Japan will help build “smart cities” across Southeast Asia, using artificial intelligence and networked devices to tackle problems like road congestion and energy conservation. […]

After hurdling 2018’s regulatory crisis, power industry players are ready for Year of the Pig

THE country’s power supply remained stable for the past 12 months despite a crippled Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) that left the agency “powerless in making decisions critical to the energy sector.” “We were able to surpass all challenges. There were difficult times but we just kept on going,” commented Alfonso G. Cusi, secretary of the Department […]

Additional fuel excise tax now in effect

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) — Filipinos will pay more for fuel at the beginning of 2019 because of an additional excise tax provided by law. Under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, an additional  ₱2 per liter excise tax is imposed on diesel and gasoline, ₱1 for every liter of […]

Viewpoint: Indonesian coal sellers plan amid volatility

Regulatory obstacles in Indonesia could hamper coal production in 2019 and uncertainty about China’s import policy could also curb exports, even though a number of producers have announced tentative plans to raise output in the coming year. A period of high prices that began in 2016 and lasted throughout much of 2018 on strong demand […]

Vietnam Mining group looks to higher revenue in 2019

VNA reported that the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group has set the goal of earning a total revenue of VND 128 trillion in 2019, nearly VND 69 trillion of which will be from coal production. During a conference held in the northern province of Quang Ninh on December 26, the group said it […]

EMA should explain why oil price drops more than 35% but electricity tariffs drop only 1.2 per cent

It was reported that from January to March 2019, consumers can expect lower electricity and gas tariffs due to lower cost of natural gas for electricity generation and a drop in fuel prices from the quarter before. Energy utilities provider SP Group announced yesterday (30 Dec) that the electricity tariffs will drop by an average […]

Electricity, gas tariffs to drop in 2019 first quarter

SINGAPORE: Electricity and gas tariffs are set to drop in the first quarter of 2019. Electricity tariffs will decrease by an average of 1.2 per cent or 0.28 cent per kWh from Jan 1 to Mar 31 next year, compared to the previous quarter, SP Group announced on Sunday (Dec 30). Households’ electricity tariff will […]

1 in 3 eligible consumers switches to electricity retailer

Nearly a third of eligible consumers have opted to buy electricity from a retailer since the Open Electricity Market was progressively launched from Nov 1, starting with households mainly in the north-west of Singapore. And the Energy Market Authority (EMA) believes this initial take-up rate will stay the same as the roll-out continues across the […]

Some poor folk may lose out

KUCHING: A thorough study should be undertaken by the relevant federal ministries to address the impact from the implementation of the new RM40 electricity bill rebate, set to take effect as of Jan 1 next year. Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said the new policy, slated for replacing the current consumption-based […]

Energy project changes the lives of interior folks

Kota Kinabalu: IRENE Kodoyou is one of the few hundreds of indigenous natives living in remote rural areas in Sabah who grew up without seeing a light bulb, not until about a decade ago.For everyone else in urban areas, her experience may be hard to imagine because electricity is often taken for granted. They have […]