Legislative Initiatives Poised to Make Life More Difficult for Mineral Explorationists

Monday, 1 October 2012

For the past few weeks, the mining industry was again in the limelight as the much eagerly anticipated Executive Order (EO) No. 79 was released and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) study on Philippine mining fiscal regime was published. Little did we know that various measures affecting the industry were silently being deliberated and passed […]

Revised Free and Prior Informed Consent Rules – New Obstacles for Resource Developers

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Informed Consent (“FPIC”) Guidelines of 2006 also known as NCIP Administrative Order 1, Series of 2006 in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997(“IPRA”). In drafting the new guidelines, the NCIP is reportedly assisted by an anti-mining interest group. Without the benefit of consultations between the NCIP and private industry, the proposed revised FPIC […]

My New Year’s Wish List for the Resources Industry

Thursday, 16 February 2012

While on holiday mode, I received from my editor, Simon Halley a friendly reminder thru email instructing me to submit my article for the first issue for 2012.  Since the beginning of every new year is the time for best wishes and resolutions, I find it opportune to make my twelve (12) wishes for 2012 […]

Geothermal energy risk management

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The current industry and political landscape has opened opportunities for cleaner energy options, while investors and government regulators endeavor to provide the essential infrastructure, services and legal framework to develop and deploy new energy technologies. Before considering some of the key risks, which have an impact on renewable energy projects and the general approach to […]

Full steam ahead for Philippine geothermal energy

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

I recently chaired a session on geothermal energy at the Clean Power Asia 2011 Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. In the forum, I also presented a Philippine country update on behalf of the International Geothermal Association (IGA), a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes the development, research and use of geothermal energy. The association, of which […]

After Fukushima, quo vadis renewable energy?

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Japan’s nuclear disaster will result in nuclear power as politically unacceptable and intensify the global race for fossil fuels with most future energy research and development going into nuclear safety. European governments are stepping up efforts to assess nuclear safety and agreeing in principle to a series of “stress tests” for nuclear power stations. It is expected that nuclear power may be hit most by rising safety and insurance costs after Fukushima.

The DOE’s Precarious Balancing Act between Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuel Power Generation

Friday, 13 May 2011

The DOE is reportedly tapping the help of the World Bank to come up with a globally accepted FiT rates and RPS for RE projects as well as seeking the support from all sectors, including non-government organizations to be able to draw up the best FiT and RPS. The RE Coalition has invited a resource person from the World Bank who has had experience on both policy directions and the DOE plans to invite the expert to sit with the NREB and Technical Working Group. The objective is to find the best possible way to encourage investments into RE without unduly burdening end-users.


Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Philippine energy mix is heavily dependent on fossil fuels and for this reason, electricity costs are one of the highest in Asia.  According to a 2007 study of the United Nation Environmental Programme on the global trends in sustainable energy investment, climate change concerns, coupled with high oil prices, peak oil, and increasing government […]


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