ERC approves NGCP’s P6.86-B Mindanao transmission backbone

POWER system operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) will be building a new transmission backbone to carry added power capacity in Mindanao at a cost of P6.86 billion, details of the decision released by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) show. “A perusal of the evidence presented herein showed that NGCP’s application for the…

Mindanao electric cooperatives say their views on WESM disregarded

Electric cooperatives in Mindanao are opposing the terms under the planned wholesale electricity spot market (WESM), claiming that their recommendations during the Department of Energy’s (DoE) consultations were not considered. In a news conference here Friday, the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AMRECO) said one of their main proposals is establishing an “independent”…

Solons rap alleged midnight deals by ERC in favor of Meralco

Congressmen on Tuesday assailed the alleged sweetheart deals engineered by officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to favor power distributor Meralco, allowing the latter to lock down consumers in its franchise areas to disadvantageous power rates for up to 25 years. In a statement issued to media, Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said the power supply…

Energy department advises freeze on power supply talks for big users

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has told big power users to put on hold negotiations to source supply from retail electricity suppliers ahead of a common stand from government agencies after the Supreme Court blocked regulations that called for retail competition and open access (RCOA) in the power sector. “Freeze everything until the Supreme Court…

Solon seeks probe on energy regulator, Meralco

A lawmaker on Tuesday called for an investigation on allegations the extension of a regulatory deadline for compliance with competition rules benefited the Manila Electric Co. The Energy Regulatory Commission had set a November 2015 deadline but was later extended to 2016, Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate said. Four days before the new…

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 head seeks audience with Duterte

The head of the Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday he was seeking a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to abolish the agency due to alleged corruption. ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar said he would brief the President about his reform initiatives in the government body that supervises the power industry. Read more here.

Two solar projects lose FiT eligibility

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed talk that two solar energy projects previously endorsed to receive a guaranteed fixed rate for their power output were recommended for exclusion from the feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme. Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the department had received the recommendation of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on how to…

Power cost seen rising next year due to FIT-All

Consumers will pay for higher power rates next year, or once the Energy Regulatory Commission approves the “close to P0.23 per kilowatt-hour” feed-in tariff application of National Transmission Corp. TransCo is set to file its feed-in tariff allowance application to the ERC next week. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who sits on the TransCo board, told…

Meralco clarifies issues vs power supply deals

MANILA ELECTRIC Co. (Meralco) has issued a statement on Tuesday clarifying questions raised against its recent power supply agreements (PSAs) with various power generation companies after the death of an executive at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). William S. Pamintuan, Meralco’s lead lawyer, said the PSAs were filed by the company in accordance with ERC…

ERC approves proposal to supply electricity to Palawan off-grid area

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved the application of Sabang Renewable Energy Corp. (SREC) to provide electricity to an off-grid site in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. “The approval of [SREC’s] application will benefit the residents and establishments located in the Sabang-Cabayugan area by providing a long-term and strategic solution involving a private-public partnership and by…