Cusi outlines Philippines LNG roadmap in Japan forum

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has outlined the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) roadmap to Japanese investors to encourage investments in the sector. Cusi, who is currently in Japan to attend the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2016, encouraged the international community to tighten partnerships in further developing and promoting the LNG industry, especially in the Philippines. “As…

Two solar projects lose FiT eligibility

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed talk that two solar energy projects previously endorsed to receive a guaranteed fixed rate for their power output were recommended for exclusion from the feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme. Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the department had received the recommendation of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on how to…

Forecast for power demand raised to 30,189 MW

THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) expects the country’s demand for electricity in 2030 to reach 30,189 megawatts (MW), or nearly 70% more than the current dependable capacity being supplied by the country’s existing power plants. “From here on until 2030, we will be needing something like 30,000 megawatts,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi told reporters…

New energy plan, including RE expansion, readied

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said the energy plan it is crafting for the years 2016 through 2030 will be guided by what it called “nine strategic directions,” which among others aim to link up Mindanao to Luzon’s and Visayas’ grid.  The number one direction is to ensure energy security, said Richie R. Pilares, DoE…

Cusi meets Meralco on servicing poor

ENERGY Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi met with Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) President Oscar S. Reyes on Thursday, advising the distribution utility to “service the people who need our help the most.” Mr. Cusi cited those in the crowded informal settlements of Smokey Mountain, Payatas and Muntinlupa. He said these are the people President Rodrigo R….

Cusi prioritizes 100% electrification in first 100 days

Improved services to the people through 100 percent electrification and speedy processing of public dealings are among the top priorities of the new Department of Energy (DOE) chief in his first 100 days. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi vowed to continue the progress made by the previous administration on the national electrification mandate. The DOE chief…

Cusi downplays Indonesia ban, says coal supply stable

There is no imminent threat to the country’s power supply amid ample coal supply to power up coal-fired power plants, more than a week after Indonesia banned its vessels from entering Philippine territory, energy industry officials said yesterday. While the ban on Indonesian flag-bearing ships is a security concern, it would not negatively impact on…

New DOE chief eyes conversion of BNPP into main LNG terminal

The mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) can be converted into the country’s main hub for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to newly-appointed Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. The 30-year-old BNPP is being maintained by government at an annual cost of P40 million, which would need a review to determine if “it is still…

DOE: Coal-fired power plants still main source of base load energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) is open to the use of coal-fired power plants as the main sources of base load energy, a position that runs contrary to the pronouncements of the newly-appointed chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Still, Cusi pointed out that the country will push for renewable sources…

New energy chief vows to reduce cost of power

Newly-installed Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Monday vowed to bring down the cost of power in the country, which is one of the highest in the world and the highest in Asia, “second to Japan.” Read more here and here.

Energy companies bare wish list for DoE chief

COMPANIES in the energy industry bared their wish list for new Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, who will formally take over the reins of the agency in a ceremony today. The list includes a FIT for geothermal, the renewable portfolio standards, and FIT eligibility for all solar developers who made it to the March 15…

IslaSol files appeal to D.O.E. on second round of FiT

NEGROS Island Solar Power Inc. (IslaSol) filed on Thursday an appeal before the Department of Energy (DOE) to reconsider the recently issued decision on the solar-power projects that made it the to the second round of the feed-in tariff (FiT) program. Bronzeoak Director and Treasurer Don Mario Dia said a motion for reconsideration was filed on June…