DOE gave green light to Chevron-Udenna deal despite lack of legal basis

Senator Win Gatchalian chastised energy officials for approving the sale of Chevron Malampaya’s 45% stake in the Malampaya gas field to Udenna Malampaya LLC amid their own admission that there was “insufficient foundation” of legal basis to do so. During last Tuesday’s hearing, the Senate Energy Committee Chairperson pointed out that such position by the […]

Possible ‘midnight deal’ to extend Malampaya contract amid Udenna-Shell transaction

Senator Win Gatchalian sounded the alarm over the possibility of the government entering into a midnight deal to extend the service contract of the Malampaya project with the gas field operator Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) finalizing the transfer of its participating interest to Udenna Corp.’s subsidiary Malampaya Energy XP Pte Ltd. From the preliminary […]

DOE’s promotion of WTE as RE commendable; Waste-to-Energy Act pushed

Senator Win Gatchalian expresses support for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) move in advancing the promotion and enhancement of the development of Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facilities in the country. With clear backing from the government, Gatchalian said the adoption of WTE technology is a means to address garbage disposal and as another kind of renewable energy […]

Total electrification by 2022 through microgrid systems

With a year left in the government’s self-imposed deadline to achieve total electrification of all households in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian said there’s still hope that it can still be realized once the bill which promotes the use of microgrid systems as a means to supply electric power in the rural areas is set […]

Senate probe needed on sufficiency of power supply on 2022 national elections

Despite pronouncements that there will be no brownouts during the week of the May 2022 elections, Senator Win Gatchalian wants the Senate to conduct an inquiry on the plans and preparations of the Department of Energy (DOE) and other stakeholders to ensure the uninterrupted electricity supply. While the DOE already assured that there will be […]

DOE’s lack of assurance of brownout-free elections next year is unnacceptable!

Senator Win Gatchalian assailed energy officials’ apparent indifference in arresting any possibility of rotational brownouts during the election period next year, when the country’s estimated 60 million voters will exercise their right to choose their leaders in the national and local levels.   “This is unacceptable! Kaya tayo merong Department of Energy ay para siguraduhing […]

To DOE: Ensure uninterrupted power supply when Malampaya shuts down

With less than two months before the scheduled 20-day Malampaya shutdown, Senator Win Gatchalian urged energy officials to ensure that there will be no power outages when the deep-water gas-to-power project goes on maintenance shutdown in October.   Gatchalian emphasized that the Department of Energy (DOE) needs to ensure that the Grid Operating and Maintenance […]

To ERC: Direct other DUs to impose no disconnection policy under ECQ

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to direct other distribution utilities (DUs) to replicate the move taken by Meralco which decided to suspend all disconnection activities within its franchise area that are placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified Community Quarantine.   The Senate Energy Committee Chairperson likewise renewed his call […]

Research development institute on energy will soon be a reality

Finally, the country can soon boast of a cohesive all-in-one institution that will focus on technical know-how and enable the Philippines to keep up with technological innovations and energy and policy research, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   “Isang malaking katuparan na matagal na nating minimithi ang magkaroon ng isang energy research and policy institute na […]