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…

Meralco may cut power rates this month

Customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) are likely to see a reduction in power rates this month due to lower generation charge – the biggest component in electricity bills. “We may see the possibility of lower electricity rates this month following a slight increase in December,” Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said. He said charges from…

NGCP wants plants to be in sync on redundant systems

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has called on generation companies to synchronize their systems to that of the grid operator to avoid the repeat of the power interruption on Nov. 15 that left parts of Metro Manila without electricity for at least an hour. “NGCP is urging power plants and distribution utilities…

Duterte vows to open up telecom, energy sectors to new players

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday vowed to boost economic growth by opening up the telecommunications and energy sectors to new players. “The only way to make this country more faster to benefit the poor is really to open up the communications, the airwaves and the entire energy sector. My decision now is bubuksan ko ang…

Systems loss pass-on charge to be reviewed

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) is looking at reviewing the power systems loss that is billed consumers amid calls to bring down electricity costs, an official of the agency said.  “Probably this is the right time to bring it down with the clamor to reduce power cost,” ERC Commissioner Alfredo J. Non said on Thursday…

NGCP: Tripping incident shaved off 1,000 MW from Luzon grid

OVER 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power-generating capacity was shaved off from the Luzon grid as a result of a transmission-line tripping incident, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Tuesday. The grid operator’s  Batangas-Makban 230-kV (kiloVolt)  Line 1 tripped at 12:46 p.m., causing the isolation of power plants with a combined capacity…

Meralco sees flat August charges

Customers of Manila Electric Co. may not experience a price spike in their September electricity bills in spite of the series of yellow and red alerts in late July to early August. “So far, indications are that gen charge movement will be flattish,” Meralco vice president and head of utility economics Lawrence Fernandez said. He…

DOE, PSME sign pact to conduct audit of power facilities

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to boost the DOE’s technical audit of the country’s generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. The MOA was signed August 25 at the Energy department’s Central Office in Taguig City, the DOE said in a statement Saturday….

Meralco eyes 300MW supply contract on H1 2017

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is looking to contract up to 300-megawatts (MW) of capacity by the first half of 2017 as it moves to lock-in long-term electricity requirements of its franchise area. Meralco president and CEO Oscar Reyes said the power distributor has so far completed contracting baseload capacity and is now in the process…

Meralco switches on QC substation facility

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) has switched on a gas-insulated substation facility in Quezon City that it expects to meet the rising demand of residential and commercial sites in the area. “This facility will provide additional capacity to serve the growing power requirements in the areas of Balintawak, Diliman and San Francisco Del Monte in Quezon…

Cusi meets Meralco on servicing poor

ENERGY Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi met with Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) President Oscar S. Reyes on Thursday, advising the distribution utility to “service the people who need our help the most.” Mr. Cusi cited those in the crowded informal settlements of Smokey Mountain, Payatas and Muntinlupa. He said these are the people President Rodrigo R….