ERC, PCC to work together in power price-fixing crackdown

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is looking into a possible arrangement with the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) that will allow the two agencies to work together in a crackdown on anti-competitive behavior across the energy sector, an official said. The issue over the two agencies’ jurisdiction came up amid allegations that power generation companies breached…

Brownouts possible as Luzon on ‘red alert’

One-hour-long power interruptions were scheduled in Luzon on Tuesday after a power line in Batangas tripped and depleted the island’s electricity reserves. The “red alert,” which is issued when there is zero reserve, on the Luzon grid was lifted at 4:40 p.m. by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines NGCP. The Luzon grid remained…