Senate to review market share limitations among power gencos

The Senate committee on energy wants to review the market share limitation under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) to reflect the true state and foster competition in the power generation industry, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said. During the executive seminar on fostering dynamic competition in the Philippine power industry, Gatchalian said the…

House reviewing ERC overhaul amid Duterte abolition threat

THE House of Representatives is studying making “fundamental changes” to the Energy Regulatory Commission, following a warning from President Rodrigo R. Duterte that he will shut down the agency and create a new body. “We are currently studying it,” Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez told reporters in a news conference on Tuesday night. “I advised the…

ERC seeks to settle row with Meralco over retail power supply scheme

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has talked to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to try to settle their differing views on the rules covering retail competition and open access (RCOA), some parts of which are on hold after the distribution utility sought and obtained a court injunction. An ERC official said the initial talks did not result…

Meralco: Customers under net metering program shouldn’t get lifeline rates

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) wants customers under the government’s net metering program to be disqualified from the socialized power rate that is meant to benefit low-income consumers. “It’s like a rich family with a solar PV [photovoltaic] system availing of the lifeline discount. It’s contrary to the intent of the law,” said Anna Maria A….

ERC seeks to dismiss Meralco TRO vs. RCOA rules

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has asked the Regional Trial Court in Pasig City to dismiss the petition of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), which is seeking for a temporary restraining order (TRO) and/or writ of preliminary injunction in connection with its three resolutions on the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA). Read more here.

PIDS, DOE: Don’t repeal EPIRA

The DOE and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) are against repealing the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001. Instead, they called for improvements in the implementation of energy deregulation.  DOE Secretary Zenaida Monsada said Monday on the sidelines of a forum on better efficiency in government services that the Epira was working…