ERC sets public hearings for Napocor funding petition

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has set public hearings starting next month for the petition of state-led National Power Corp. (Napocor) to avail of its quarter-centavo share of the universal charge collected from electricity users to fund its mandated environmental projects amounting to about P431.19 million.

In its petition with the ERC, the government-owned and -controlled corporation sought provisional authority to clear the funding for its projects for 2017 under its “Plan 14” or its proposed operations plan for the rehabilitation and management of watershed areas.

It was filed on March 10, 2017, but action on it has been long-delayed. The regulator has scheduled hearings in September and October on Napocor’s petition near the watershed areas and in its head office in Pasig City.

Under Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), the agency is entitled to the environmental charge portion of the universal charge (UC-EC) equivalent to P0.0025 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). — Victor V. Saulon