No brownouts seen as sufficient power supply forecast this summer

No electricity supply shortfall is expected in the summer months, but the Philippines can’t give up coal-fired power plants as these are needed to keep the economy going, according to the Department of Energy. Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said yesterday the Luzon grid had a generating capacity of about 10,000 megawatts while demand was…

Metro Pacific group plans to convert QC trash into energy

A consortium led by infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific has proposed to convert the solid waste of Quezon City, one of the most populous cities in the metropolis, into 42 megawatts of renewable energy that can power up to 90,000 homes. The consortium has obtained “original proponent status” for this unsolicited proposal to develop a…

ERC urged on policy for power supply deals

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) needs to form a policy in centralizing the competitive selection process (CSP) which will create a level playing field for distribution utilities (DUs) and electric cooperative (ECs) in securing power supply deals with generation companies. Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) is currently finalizing its study on the third party auctioneer…

Aboitiz Power to electrify Walter Mart malls

Community mall pioneer Walter Mart has teamed up with Aboitiz Power Corp. to power up its new malls under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) regime. Aboitiz Power and Walter Mart have signed a 4.7-megawatt (MW) power supply deal for its mall expansion this year. This year, Walter Mart is set to open branches…

DoE considering Sulu as site for nuclear plant

THE Department of Energy (DoE) is studying the possibility of putting up a modular nuclear facility in Sulu ahead of a decision on whether the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant will be rehabilitated or converted into a different power generation project. “We are looking at nuclear as a source of power … for island provinces,”…

DoE approves grid impact study for 13 projects

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has cleared 13 power developers to have their projects assessed for their impact on the electricity grid, the country’s power transmission backbone. If the projects move to full completion and commercial operation, they will add at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) to the country’s installed capacity. Of the projects cleared from…

PEMC says 744 switch suppliers under RCOA

A TOTAL of 744 customers have switched to sourcing their power supply from distribution utilities to retail electricity suppliers (RES) after rules on retail competition and open access (RCOA) came into effect, officials of the central registry of retail power users said. However, the number of switching customers may well ease as the same rules…

Mindanao power producers urged to maximize energy mix

Mindanao electric cooperatives (ECs) and distribution utilities (DUs) are urged to take advantage of the excess power supply regime in the power grid as the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) pushes for reliable and affordable power supply in the region. MinDA said power distributors should maximize their energy mix and ensure affordable power for their consumers…

Power spot market prices drop to 6-yr low in Jan

More customers sourced power from the wholesale electricity spot market (MWESM) as prices plummeted to six-year lows in January, based on data from the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC). In a statement yesterday, PEMC said effective settlement spot prices (ESSPs) at the WESM plunged to P1.90 per kilowatt-hour (kwh) for the January billing period, the…

DOE, China state firm enter collaboration on power ventures

The Department of Energy (DOE) is signing a deal with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) this week to firm up collaboration in strengthening the Philippine power industry, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said. The energy chief will meet with NEA’s deputy minister and the minister of trade from China this week. The meeting was scheduled for…

Ayala power unit eyes Vietnam in regional push

AC Energy is studying investment opportunities in Vietnam after gaining a foothold in Indonesia, as it aims to become a regional player in renewable energy, its president said Wednesday. The Ayala Corp power unit will operate its wind farm in South Sulawesi, the first facility of its kind in Indonesia, by the first quarter of…

Filipino, Chinese firms launch wind and solar power plants

Filipino and Chinese companies launched here on Thursday $43 million in wind and solar energy projects that will be built in the northern Philippines. Energy Logics Philippines Inc and Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng Group Co, will build a 132-megawatt plant in Burgos and a 100-megawatt facility in Pasuquin, both in Ilocos Norte. “[It is] the biggest…