Gatchalian calls for stricter energy efficiency standards

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday called for the imposition of stricter energy efficiency and conservation standards to ensure the stability of the country’s power supply amid expected surges in energy demand during the summer. “Past administrations have mostly focused on adding additional generating capacity to address perennial energy shortages. That needs to change. The government must […]

Gatchalian to Palace: Defend Benham Rise

Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday urged the Duterte administration to aggressively defend the Benham rise in the face of reported Chinese intrusions into the area. “We are now only beginning to discover the true potential of the Benham Rise to make unique contributions to our country’s ecological and economic prospects. The government must take immediate action to defend […]

Sen. Gatchalian reprimands NGCP, ERC for power sector red tape

Sen. Win Gatchalian reprimanded on Thursday the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for their inaction in addressing unnecessary delays in the approval of applications for the construction of new power plants and the entry of prospective players in the renewable energy sector. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate […]

Gatchalian: boost competition in RE sector to lower power costs

The time has come to foster greater competition in the domestic renewable energy industry to lower electricity costs for consumers, Senator Win Gatchalian declared on Monday. “Swift technological developments have brought us to the point where renewable energy sources can match the production and cost efficiency of conventional power sources such as coal, hydro, and natural […]

Gatchalian seeks creation of research institute to modernize energy sector

In a bid to bring the Philippine energy sector up to speed with innovative international technologies and make the industry more responsive to the demands of consumers and sector players, Senator Win Gatchalian has filed Senate Bill No. 1290, which proposes the establishment of a Philippine Energy Research and Policy Development Institute (PERPDI) in the School […]

Sen. Gatchalian hits DOE for lack of disaster mitigation, rehabilitation protocol

Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday chided the Department of Energy (DOE) for its lack of an official protocol to help electric cooperatives prepare for and recover from typhoons and other natural disasters which cause prolonged power outages in affected service areas. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, was taken aback by the admission of DOE […]