Energy favoritism by legislation

* This is my article in BusinessWorld on March 12, 2019. Going through the Economy section of BusinessWorld last week, I checked these four energy-related reports: “NGCP declares ‘yellow alert’ for Luzon power grid” (March 06); “Bill tapping Malampaya fund to pay down Napocor debt hurdles bicameral session” (March 08); “First Gen’s Batangas LNG terminal project cleared […]

The economics of coal

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last February 25, 2019. Most anti-coal activists would resort to disinformation and deception to advance their ecological leftist agenda and in the process, deprive energy consumers of the opportunity to have cheaper, stable and reliable 24/7 electricity, badly needed to sustain fast growth and generate more jobs for the people. […]

Solar para sa pulitika, Rice Tariffication para sa masa

* This is my column in BusinessWorld last February 12, 2019. The cronyist “Solar para sa Bayan Corporation” (SPBC) franchise bill (HB 8179) was magically passed by the House of Representatives despite opposition by many groups in the energy sector. Among the oppositors is the Developers of Renewable Energy for AdvanceMent, Inc. (DREAM), the umbrella organization of […]

‘WALANG’ forever: Universal charge in electricity and PSALM

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last January 15, 2019. We have the 2nd or 3rd most expensive electricity in Asia (after Japan and Hong Kong or Singapore) mainly because there are many charges that are imposed on our monthly electricity bill. The biggest item is the generation charge (goes to power generation plants) plus eight […]

CHR investigates ‘carbon majors’ by using more fossil fuels

* This is my article in BusinessWorld on January 8, 2019. The chart below is not included in the article due to space constraints, I just re-included it here. The Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has accepted the petition by Greenpeace and other environmental groups in mid-2016 and it has launched the “National Public Inquiry on […]

The LNG bill

* This is my article in BusinessWorld on December 14, 2018. To have cheaper, stable energy sources, especially in electricity generation, there should be maximum competition and minimum taxation, distortion and government favoritism among players using different technologies and energy sources. So if an energy or environment tax should be imposed, it should apply to all energy […]