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…

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…

DoE approves grid impact study for 13 projects

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has cleared 13 power developers to have their projects assessed for their impact on the electricity grid, the country’s power transmission backbone. If the projects move to full completion and commercial operation, they will add at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) to the country’s installed capacity. Of the projects cleared from…

DoE wants fast track for P3.5-B power projects

THE Department of Energy (DoE) is proposing a threshold of P3.5 billion for power generation ventures to be declared as projects of national significance, a status which frees them from tedious permitting and regulatory hurdles. However, the project cost will only be secondary to the department’s goals as laid down in the Philippine Energy Plan…

NGCP seeks support on ROW clearances

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has reiterated its call to respect right-of-way (ROW) clearance of transmission lines after violations caused power interruptions in Samar and Leyte last month. In a statement yesterday, NGCP made an appeal for the support of the public to keep ROW clearances free of any and all obstructions….

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…

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…

NGCP sets technical standards in grid operations

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has set pioneering grid technical standards aimed to improve its operations and services as it sets sight on becoming one of the best power utilities in Southeast Asia. The grid operator has institutionalized the technical standardization system with a total of 109 standards on equipment and material…

NGCP moves to improve RE integration

NATIONAL GRID Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Friday that it had set up a “comprehensive program” to ensure its capability to take in renewable energy (RE) power sources into the grid. “Because of the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind, balancing the system’s supply and demand becomes challenging….

NGCP urged to allot for transmission upgrades

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is being urged by an industry association to include a budget for “unforeseen transmission upgrades” in its proposed five-year capital expenditure plan to be submitted to Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) next year. “The biggest issue in the industry is [the absence of] transmission lines for new power…

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…

Electricity rates go down in September

Meralco announced that the residential rate for a typical household will go down this September by around PhP0.0451 per kilowatthour (kWh), thereby bringing it down to PhP8.46 per kWh. This translates to a reduction of around PhP9 in the electricity bill of a household with monthly consumption of 200 kWh. The reduction is due to the downward movement in the transmission charge,…