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Is the Philippines Ready to Operate the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant for Clean but Cheap Electricity?


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube Video by Salomo21
[VIDEO]: Congressman Mark Cojuangco explains his passion in operating the Bataan nuclear power plant

Clean Energy for Electricity

In a privilege speech, House Special Committee on Nuclear Energy Chairperson Rep. Mark Cojuangco (2nd District, Pangasinan) strongly called for the reopening of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). This is amid the global energy crisis. Electricity rates are just surging high. The lawmaker’s passion could really move mountains.

18 Meters Above Sea Level

The Philippines may be far from experiencing the Fukushima incident because the Bataan nuclear power plant was built 18 meters above sea level. This is contrary to Japan’s 3 meters. People can benefit from cheaper electricity without the fear of such accidents. An American expert engineer testified that the plant was built even better than when America started using them.

Ready to Generate

Cojuangco noted that Congress could also push to provide free or cheaper electricity to areas with nuclear power plants to promote their operations, offering reliable energy to Filipinos at a reasonable cost. He invited his fellow lawmakers to look into what the California State legislature did for their people.

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Electricity Price Hike Alert Due to Generation Charge Increase


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube Video by One News PH
[VIDEO]: Meralco negotiates with Solar PH

Electricity Price Hike Anew

The increase in the generation charge and the completion of the refund resulted in higher electricity bills for Meralco subscribers this January 2023. 125 to 300 Pesos can be added to households consuming 200 to 500 kilowatts.

Renewable Energy Deal

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has decided to pursue a “negotiated deal” with Solar Philippine Batangas Baseload Corporation (SPBBC). This is on its targeted procurement of a 200-megawatt baseload capacity. The electricity will be generated purely from renewable energy (RE) resources.

Standard Requirement

The utility firm emphasized that the planned RE supply contracting from the Solar Philippines’ subsidiary company “will provide the capacity using solar and battery in compliance with Meralco’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS) requirement.

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Diokno: Price Surge of Electricity and Other Fuels Triggers World Inflation


By: Elena Grace Flores

ANC 24/7
[VIDEO]: Diokno: Marcos’ ‘disbelief’ over 6.1% June inflation rate was ‘misunderstood’


Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that President Bongbong Marcos was thinking about the year-to-date inflation (January to June) at 4.4%. Not the June inflation at 6.1%. Inflation to go down 4.2% in 2023. We have a lot of fiscal space. Revenues will grow, explained Diokno. The Philippines is better than other countries. Like Thailand and European countries. The price surge of electricity and other fuels triggers world inflation.

Inflation to Remain Elevated

Inflation will remain high in the next few months. But the country’s fiscal space can sustain it. Fiscal space is the room in a government´s budget that allows it to provide resources for a desired purpose. This is without jeopardizing the sustainability of its financial position or the stability of the economy.

Continue to Grant Subsidies

Targeted subsidies will continue. The first tranche of fuel subsidy for the transport sector will be completed in July. The President is to expedite the second tranche for this group. The poverty rate will go down 9% in 2023. National debt to go down 60% by 2025. Build Build Build to expand further. On the basis of fairness, digital payments will be taxed. No mention of the electricity rate remedy.

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The Real Score of the Electricity Guy on the Energy Secretary Appointment


By: Elena Grace Flores

Tune In Kay Tunying
[VIDEO]: Is Marcoleta keeping his distance from PBBM?

PBBM’s Electricity Management Offers

President-elect Bongbong Marcos made not just one but two offers to Congressman Rodante Marcoleta. Many are banking on him to lower the electricity cost. He was offered as Energy Secretary but he declined because of unfamiliarity to venture into another branch. He has then given an alternative spot which is the chairmanship of the Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Appointment Speculations

When Marcoleta withdrew from the Senate race, many thought that perhaps he has a cabinet appointment deal already with PBBM. But he was true to his reason that the low survey score was the driving force for him to stop his quest to the higher Congress. The question now is, what about the electricity promise of the new President?

Marcoleta’s Decision

Marcoleta decides not to accept the offers of PBBM because the he thinks that he can help better in the legislative branch. In fact, he already have 10 bills ready for the energy measures. It’s just unfortunate that he did not make it to the Senate. So, he’s continuing his passion in the lower Congress.

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Danish Envoy Reveals the Timely Plan of President Bongbong Marcos for Likely Electricity Shortage


By: Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos ‘dedicated’ to more sustainable, renewable energy in PH — envoy

Banking from Electricity Source Experience

President-elect Bongbong Marcos is dedicated to utilizing more sustainable and renewable energy in the Philippines, says Danish Ambassador Grete Sillasen. While there are no actual plans yet, he is banking on his experience in his own province. They have windmills as electricity sources, she added.

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Issue

Although there are ongoing studies to revive the Nuclear Power Plant, around 600 megawatts of electricity production can contribute but not enough to cover the tremendous shortage. Congressman Rodante Marcoleta also calls on Congress to revise The Electric Power Industry Reform Act which allowed private companies to build and operate energy facilities. Because they can impose huge profits and pass the burden on to the consumers.

Luzon Power Shortage

The NGCP said thin operating margins is used to manage and balance the grid forecasted in the Luzon from April to June due to increase in demand during the dry season. Rotational brownouts are more likely to avoid total loss of power in certain areas.

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The Likely Partner in the Revival of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Under PBBM for Lower Electricity Cost


By: Elena Grace Flores

Real South Pride Production
[VIDEO]: Why is South Korea helping PBBM for the revival of Nuclear Power Plant?

Sources of Electricity

The country’s sources of electricity are; 47% coal, 22% natural gas, 24% renewable energy, and 6% oil. Renewable energy is composed of hydro, geothermal and solar. This can be increased. The same as natural gas since we have resources from Ligwasan and some parts in Mindanao. Plus the possibility of having more from the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

620 megawatts electricity can be produced from the Bataan nuclear power plant. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asks PBBM to continue his father’s project by signing Executive Order 164. Coal sources are running out. So, it is crucial to find an alternative source.

Why South Korea?

Philippine Nuclear Research Institute Director Carlo Arcilla reveals that South Korea’s offer to rehabilitate the plant is likely. The cost is around $1 billion Most of South Korea’s nuclear power plants are of the same age as the BNPP. They have also recovered the construction expenses in just six years.

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This is How Marcoleta would Put a Stop to Expensive Electricity Under PBBM


By: Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Marcoleta is determined to Face the Oligarchs just to Lower Electricity Rate

Reduce Electricity Cost

Congressman Rodante Marcoleta explains his road map on how to reduce electricity costs in the country as per the tasks given by incoming President Bongbong Marcos. Political will is crucial in this area. The oligarchs has been monopolizing the energy sector since EDSA. So, he must have the power to implement rules and regulations.

Just, Reasonable and Competitive Rates

The EPIRA Law dictates that the supplier must provide to all the consumers just, reasonable, and competitive rates. These are embodied in their franchise permits. Affordability is the goal of this requirement. If this is not provided, there’s definitely a breach of contract.

Road Map of the Task

The existing policies must be used for the benefit of the people. Meralco, Veco, and other electricity providers must comply to the law to retain their distribution rights. This is a proof that the Congress in the past has been weak against the oligarchs. That should change now with Marcoleta and PBBM on their tail.

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Marcoleta Vows to Lower the Country’s Electricity Costs


By: Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos Immediately Appoints Rodante Marcoleta as Energy Secretary

Lowering Down the Country’s Electricity Cost

Lowering the country’s electricity costs is the advocacy of Hon. Rodante Marcoleta. Speculations had it that he may be appointed as Justice Secretary but it didn’t happen. So, he might as well be the Energy Secretary. Bongbong Marcos still awaits for his response.

System Loss

EPIRA law already provides the mechanism to lower electricity costs but there’s no law to implement it, said Marcoleta. The Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) mandates the Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) to promote competition, encourage market development, ensure consumer choice, and penalize abuse of market power in the restructured electricity industry. So, Marcoleta would like to investigate why there are charges in the electricity bill that says system loss.

Local Franchise Tax

The Malampaya proceeds can be the source for the payment of the local franchise tax. This should not be charged to the consumers. Things like this needs to be scrutinized. Therefore, Meralco and other electricity providers must be ready to answer all these queries.

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South Korea’s Offer to Revive the Nuclear Power Plant for Lower Cost of Electricity


By: Elena Grace Flores

UNTV News and Rescue
[VIDEO]: PBBM Looks Closely on Nuclear Power Plant Offer of South Korea

Shortage of Electricity

The country’s cost of electricity is one of the highest in Asia. The late President Ferdinand Marcos built the Bataan nuclear power plant but his predecessors did not continue it despite of his plea. Now that his son, Bongbong Marcos is the president, he’s looking closely at South Korea’s offer to revive it.

South Korea’s Offer

South Korea already sent their team of experts for the inspection of the power plant in Bataan. They are expected to make a proposal for their recommendations. PBBM is quite open to this. He believes that the advanced technology available nowadays can prevent past disasters to happen. So, Filipinos can have cheaper electricity.

BBM’s Response

Leaders from different countries are racing to greet the victory of PBBM in the recent elections. Presumptive President Marcos said that all of them already recognized his leadership. In fact, most of them already have propositions for their continued bilateral relationships may it be through trade, economic, or any alliances. He welcomes all of them for as long as they are for mutual benefit.

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BBM’s Electricity Problem Solution Using Renewable Energy


By: Elena Grace Flores
by Bongbong Marcos

Electicity Problems Alert
Constant alerts are now visible. These are due to the high cost of electricity and the lack of supply. NGCP is a private corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It is an interconnected system that transmits gigawatts of power at thousands of volts from where it is made to where it is needed. BBM explains the effects of his father’s abandoned power projects.

The Visionary Electric Projects of FEM

The late President Ferdinand Marcos already knew that the country would soon face the power crises happening during the pandemic. That was why he pushed for geothermal technology and nuclear power plants during his time. However, they were abandoned in 1986 during the EDSA mutiny. Now, 3 of the existing electric plants are shut down. That’s why the vaccine supplies are in danger.

Renewable Energy Sources

The windmill and solar electricity systems are now in an advanced state. The citizens of the country can greatly benefit from it. To be able to do that, changes in the laws are crucial. Lawmakers must study the appropriateness of such rules with the present time. Bongbong Marcos believes that renewable energy is the key. This is the kind of supply that will never run out, he added. Hydroelectric power may also be the future. It’s a relief to know that the Philippines has a vast supply of raw hydrogen necessary for its production.