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,…

NGCP: Tripping incident shaved off 1,000 MW from Luzon grid

OVER 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power-generating capacity was shaved off from the Luzon grid as a result of a transmission-line tripping incident, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Tuesday. The grid operator’s  Batangas-Makban 230-kV (kiloVolt)  Line 1 tripped at 12:46 p.m., causing the isolation of power plants with a combined capacity…

Meralco rates decline in September; Luzon grid suffers 1-hour power outage

Manila Electric Co. said Tuesday consumers will see lower power rates this month on lower transmission charges. Meralco said in a statement the residential rate for a typical household would go down by P0.0451 to 8.46 per kilowatt-hour in September.  This would translate into a reduction of P9 in the electricity bill of a household…

ERC approves seven new NGCP projects worth P1.118 billion for 2016

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has provisionally approved the implementation of seven capital-expenditure (capex) projects of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for 2016. These seven projects amount to P1.118 billion. These projects include the P200.98-million Tiwi substation upgrading; the P69.69-million Naga substation upgrading; the P58.28-million Clark-Mabiga 69-kilovolt (kv) transmission line; the P359.88-million…

SMC unit seeks to build transmission facilities

SMC Consolidated Power Corp. (SCPC) is asking provisional authority from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to build its own transmission facilities that will connect its power plant in Limay, Bataan to the Luzon grid. SCPC, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corp., placed the cost of the dedicated point-to-point limited transmission facilities at around P114 million….

Govt set to limit renewable energy plants per power grid

The Energy Department may limit the exposure of renewable energy sources in areas where there are transmission line constraints, an official said over the weekend. Energy assistant director Mario Marasigan told reporters at the sidelines of the recently-concluded Solar Summit the department was trying to avoid duplicating the situation in Negros island where there was…

DOE, PSME sign pact to conduct audit of power facilities

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to boost the DOE’s technical audit of the country’s generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. The MOA was signed August 25 at the Energy department’s Central Office in Taguig City, the DOE said in a statement Saturday….

ERC okays NGCP’s Mindanao 230-kV transmission project

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved the application of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the implementation of its Mindanao 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission backbone project. The project will enable transmission facilities traversing the northern to the southern corridors of Mindanao to accommodate the entry of new power plants and allow existing…

NGCP to complete Visayas interconnection project by 2019

The oversupply situation arising over development of solar power plants in Negros Island will be solved once the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) completes an interconnection project in the Visayas region in 2019. The grid operator is currently working on the three-phased Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) Interconnection Project which will solve the Negros oversupply for…

NGCP eyes recovery of P3.14 M from Luzon customers

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is seeking regulatory approval to recover a total of P3.14 million from Luzon customers incurred from the damage caused by Typhoon Ineng. The grid operator filed an application with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for a provisional approval for the collection of the force majeure (FM) pass-through…

Palawan transmission line activated after lengthy right-of-way dispute

THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) has activated a 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Palawan that has been stalled for years on right-of-way issues, with the opening of the line expected to provide reliable electricity to thousands of homes in the province. The facility was completed for P154 million, the state-owned agency said in a statement….

Meralco rates to go up this month: sources

The country’s largest power distributor, Manila Electric Co. Meralco, announced Tuesday that charges would go up this month, according to ABS-CBN sources. The generation charge, which the utility pays to power producers, will increase by P0.34 per kilowatt hour, but this will be offset by a decrease in transmission charges, resulting in a net increase…