13th ICCC, Washington DC

Heartland Institute will hold the 13th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-13) this coming July 25, 2019, at Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, USA. Lots of interesting, brilliant speakers. I have attended the 2nd ICCC in New York, March 2009, and the 4th ICCC in Chicago, May 2010. Those two big and very technical conferences solidified […]

Power underwhelming: Why are there power outages?

This is a special report by BusinessWorld last June 17 where I was one of the resource persons they have interviewed. Enjoy. Power underwhelming: Why are there power outages? By Mark T. Amoguis Senior Researcher IN THE PHILIPPINES, one would have to get used to brownouts, or the drop in voltage in an electrical power […]

Solar para sa politika

* My column in BusinessWorld on June 18, 2019. Among the records of the outgoing Congress is the legislation of a cronyist bill, the Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. (SPSBC) franchise. It is so unpopular that perhaps all other power developers and generation companies (gencos), both conventional and renewable energy (RE), perhaps all private distribution utilities (DUs) […]

Energy and elections: The Philippines and Australia

* My column in BusinessWorld last May 22, 2019. Sydney – The Philippines held its mid-terms elections last May 13, and “man-made” climate change, “more renewables” were marginal if not non-issues altogether for many of the national and local candidates. The energy issue was whether there would be any blackout because of the series of yellow and […]

Good news, MORE power plants coming

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last April 29, 2019. After several power plants that experienced unplanned or forced shutdown went back online, a strong earthquake hit Central Luzon on April 22 and four power plants with combined dependable capacity of 932 MW were isolated, with the Luzon grid going back to yellow and red alerts […]

MORE power supply needed: Attention ERC

* This is my column in BusinessWorld on April 15, 2019. After the water shortage in many areas in Metro Manila last March, next is power shortage and brownouts in many areas of Luzon including Metro Manila this month. Yellow alerts (insufficient and thin reserves) were issued early this month due to high electricity demand and unplanned, […]

MORE stable electricity and competition

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last April 3, 2019. In a September 2017 paper, “Implementing the 10-point Socio-Economic Agenda,” the Arangkada Philippines Project (TAPP) made 22 recommendations for the power sector, among which are: (1) Support and approve the massive energy investments, (2) Increase the system reserve requirement to 25% of peak demand vs the […]

MORE electricity supply in East Asia

* This is my column in BusinessWorld last March 22, 2019. Continuing the Market-Oriented Reforms for Efficiency (MORE) series in this column, we tackle the importance of more electricity production in the development of Asia-Pacific economies. On Tuesday, March 19, I attended the joint press conference of the Department of Energy (DoE), the National Power Corporation (Napocor), […]