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Gov’t invokes Epira law to address power crisis

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ENERGY Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The National government has invoked Section 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), which will give the state the authority to carry out the necessary measures to address an “imminent” power shortage.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Luzon power supply falls below demand

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A GROUP of women in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur, breaks its Ramadan fast in darkness. Like many other towns of the province, Ganassi has been without power since the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative cut off electric supply in May last year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Luzon was placed on “red alert” on after its power supply fell by as much as 1,600 megawatts due to forced outages of several critical power plants on the island, and a limited natural gas supply from the Malampaya gas platform.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories | Read More »

Philex Mining allowed to resume Padcal operations 2 years after tailings leak

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ON AUG. 1 last year, Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 of Philex Mining Corp. in Itogon, Benguet, leaked and spilled 20 million metric tons of silt into the Balog Creek and Agno River. As of late April, Philex officials said cleanup in the creek was 98-percent complete. RICHARD BALONGLONG

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has allowed Philex Mining Corp. to finally resume its operations in its Padcal mine in Benguet, roughly two years after the company was slapped with a cease and desist order.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

LTFRB suspends crackdown on colorum trucks

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LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez during his visit at PDI office.KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER PHOTO

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has temporarily suspended a joint administrative order meant to crack down on colorum trucks, until the operations at the Port of Manila have normalized.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Emergency powers not needed to prevent power crisis in 2015 — PCCI

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Energy does not need to tap the emergency powers provided under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) as the government could readily address the expected 400-megawatt power supply shortfall in Luzon by 2015 through the Interruptible Load Program.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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