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Zamboanga electric co-op pays P150M to WMPC

ZAMBOANGA CITY Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco), through its investor-managers, paid P150 million to Western Mindanao Power Corp. (WMPC) during their hearing at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Wednesday, the power distribution utility said.

ERC issues refund order to 12 power distributors

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has issued orders to privately-owned power distribution utilities (DUs) directing them to refund customers on the unused “regulatory reset cost” including any remaining amount from the previous regulatory period plus interest.

ERC prepares legal strategies after SC ruling on power supply deals

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is preparing “legal strategies” in response to the Supreme Court decision requiring all power supply agreements (PSAs) forged after June 30, 2015 to undergo a competitive selection process (CSP) to arrive at the least-cost power for consumers, its chairman said.

ERC approves NGCP’s P644-M transmission line

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved the application of grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to build a P644-million, 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line project in northern Philippines to address the risk of overloading in the area, the agency said on Wednesday.

ERC seeks comments for new draft of rules on power supply...

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) is asking for the industry’s comments on the third draft of the proposed rules governing the procurement, execution, and evaluation of power supply agreements (PSAs) entered into by distribution utilities for the supply of electricity to their captive market.

ERC seeks comments on rural property tax treatment

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) has given stakeholders until Feb. 28 to comment on a petition filed by electric cooperatives to treat rural property tax (RPT) as a pass-through cost that can be collected from customers.

ERC orders Meralco, GNPower to stop charging Batangas firm

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and GNPower Ltd. Co. to cease and desist from “assessing, billing and collecting” from Batangas Paper Corp. (BPC) any distribution wheeling charges until their dispute is resolved.

ERC approves PEMC loan repayment plan

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved in part the application of the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) to repay a loan amounting to about P817 million to build its electronic market management system through unused funds and additional transaction fees.

A Transition Year: The road to WESM run by an independent...

Year in review The past year saw some significant strides and historic shifts in the governance and operation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). In...

ERC partners with Ateneo on continuing training

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has partnered with the Ateneo Law School to complement each other’s capabilities and resources in jointly developing, promoting, implementing and sustaining academic activities relating to the country’s power industry.

Energy regulator to clarify rules on microgrids in cooperative franchise areas

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said it will amend its draft rules on microgrids to include provisions that will clarify whether the private sector can enter areas within the franchises held by electric cooperatives.

Meralco seeks rate hike amid higher excise tax on coal

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is asking the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for provisional authority to adjust the price of electricity in its power supply...

Bank lending to power companies slows down

LENDING TO ENERGY generation companies has slowed down this year and is likely to remain that way for three to five years when power demand has expanded to take up the existing excess supply, a private banking official said.

ERC sets public hearings for Napocor funding petition

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...

PSALM denies blaming ERC for interest costs incurred

POWER Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) said it is not blaming the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for the interest cost it incurred in securing funding to pay maturing debt.

Alternergy seeks ERC approval for transmission line

ALTERNERGY Sembrano Wind Corp. (ASWC) is seeking regulatory approval for its plan to build a point-to-point transmission facility to connect its 81-megawatt (MW) wind power plant to the power line of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

PSALM clarifies issue on maturing debts

Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) said it was not blaming the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for the interest cost it incurred...

Alternergy seeks ERC approval to connect wind farm to Meralco line

Alternergy Sembrano Wind Corp. (ASWC) is seeking regulatory approval to build a point-to-point transmission facility that will connect its 81-megawatt (MW) wind power plant...

Senate to review ERC’s delay on PSALM petitions

THE SENATE will scrutinize the operations of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in its upcoming budget hearings in Congress due to the delays in its approval of petitions filed since 2015 by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp.

NGCP seeks ERC approval to procure ancillary services from power firms

Privately-owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for provisional authority to implement its ancillary services procurement...

Meralco’s Clark unit seeks ERC approval for P258-M capex

Clark Electric Distribution Corp. (CEDC) is seeking approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for its capital expenditure program for 2018 amounting to around...

GNPK seeks ERC approval to connect Mindanao power plant to national...

GNPower Kauswagan Ltd. Co. (GNPK) has stepped up the development of one of Mindanao's biggest power plants and has sought regulatory approval to build...

ERC OKs Kepco bid to separate businesses

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved the application of Kepco SPC Power Corp. (KSPC) to “unbundle” or separate its different business segments.

Power firm PACERM-1 fined over plant testing, commissioning

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) has fined the proponent of a new power generation project in Misamis Oriental for its failure to file a certificate of compliance three months ahead of its targeted date of testing and commissioning.

Electric cooperatives in Samar, Laguna face penalty for failure to remit...

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has fined electric cooperatives in Samar and Laguna for failing to remit the feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) to state...

Palace directs ERC to suspend commissioners

MALACAÑANG has ordered the suspension for three months of commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) over the unauthorized use of bill deposits.

ERC hopes to strengthen consumer protection in review of regulations

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will review existing rules and make changes as amend those as warranted in a move that seeks to improve protection for consumers.

Malacañang to issue order on suspension of ERC commissioners

MALACAÑANG said it will execute today, July 6, an order in line with the Office of the Ombudsman’s suspension of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) commissioners Josefina Patricia M. Asirit, Alfredo S. Non, Geronimo D. Sta. Ana, and Gloria Victoria C. Yap-Taruc.

Energy Regulatory Commission approves automation initiative to help achieve ‘zero backlog’

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved an information technology project that will automate the processes involved in monitoring pending energy industry cases as part of the agency’s “zero backlog” program.

Consumer group seeks gov’t approval of higher feed-in-tariff allowance

A CONSUMER group that has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to reconsider its decision to approve the increase in the feed-in tariff allowance (Fit-All) for 2017 has followed up that petition amid the suspension of the agency’s four commissioners.

No neglect of duty on bill deposits, ERC commissioners insist

THE four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said there was no basis for the Ombdusman’s findings that resulted in the imposition of a three-month suspension as penalty for simple neglect of duty on the issue of bill deposits.

ERC junks Majestic Energy’s application for CoC

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has rejected the application of Majestic Energy Corp. for a certificate of compliance (CoC) for its 41.30 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar rooftop project in Cavite, after the regulator flagged concerns over foreign minority shareholders’ control of the company.

ERC commissioners ordered suspended anew

THE FOUR commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) who have been ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman in a case relating to electricity consumers’ bill deposits have filed a petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) with the Court of Appeals (CA), their lawyer said.

Retail power suppliers hit 1,000-contract milestone

MORE major energy users signed up to buy power from retail electricity suppliers in the first quarter, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said.

TransCo to apply for lower FiT rate for 2019

THE National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) expects electricity users to pay a lower feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) for 2019 as it plans to seek from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) a rate below 2018’s P0.2932 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Sentinel of the energy sector

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, has played a crucial part in the development of the Philippines....

A shift to automated work processes

In a bid to improve regulatory efficiency and to better manage regulatory work, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is developing an online platform which...

Constantly improving

Created as a purely independent regulatory body performing the combined quasi-judicial, quasi-legislative, and administrative functions in the electric industry under the Electric Power Industry...

ERC urged to junk power supply deals without ECC

AN intervenor in the seven power supply agreements (PSA) being sought for approval by distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to dismiss outright the applications without the required environmental compliance certificates (ECC).

ERC to dismiss power supply deals that fail submit ECC

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will dismiss applications for power supply agreements (PSA) between power generation companies and distribution utilities that fail to submit...

House version on systems loss bill shelved in view of ERC...

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz, Reporter THE House committee on energy “might take a step back” from passing a draft bill on recoverable systems...

House shelves bill on recoverable system loss

Lawmakers on Tuesday, May 22, shelved the draft bill on recoverable system loss for further review after noting its provisions are similar to a...

ERC approves P1-billion worth of capex applications

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved applications for capital expenditure projects amounting to around P1.15 billion as of April this year, the agency...

ERC sets installed capacity limit for power generation firms this year

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has capped the 2018 maximum power generating capacity of a single entity and its related groups to 5,466,779.34 kilowatts...

ERC seeks Palace guidance on suspensions amid potential ‘paralysis’

THE suspension of the four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will put on hold funding for P1.588 trillion worth of energy-related projects...