TransCo queries NGCP over alleged telecoms facilities

NATIONAL Transmission Corp. (TransCo) has asked privately-owned system operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) about the presence of alleged telecommunication facilities in the government’s power transmission assets, its top official said. “I wrote a letter to NGCP asking them to explain why is it there are communication facilities which are installed in the…

Key senator backs review of NGCP powers

THE chairman of the Senate committee on energy has backed a call for a review of the congressional franchise extended to privately owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to ensure that it is in line with the Constitution. “My own personal opinion (is) you cannot delegate the power of eminent domain. That’s an…

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…