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ERC to extend bill payment moratorium for poor households

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will order power utilities to further extend the moratorium on bill payments for poor households in areas that continue to be under lockdown.

ERC asked to order refund of Meralco bills for May

A CONSUMER group on Wednesday asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to ask Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to return to customers their payments for May bills, as well as to halt its billings during the period of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

ERC to Meralco: explain high power bills

SWAMPED with complaints, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Monday ordered Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to explain its calculation for its past customers’ monthly billings from March to May.

ERC further extends period to pay power bills

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on late Tuesday ordered power utilities to further extend the grace period for customers in paying their electricity bills that were due within the period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

NEA backs appeal to ‘indefinitely’ extend power coops’ payments

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) supported the appeal of rural electric cooperatives (ECs) to "indefinitely" extend the deadline of their payments to generation and...

ERC orders lower revenue for NGCP, effectively cutting transmission charges

TRANSMISSION tariffs are set to be lowered after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) released late Monday an order to the National Grid Corp. of...

ERC authorizes transfer of FiT-All component to fund renewable energy firms

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Friday allowed the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) to draw funds from the Feed-in-Tariff Differential (FD) component of the Feed-in-Tariff Allowance (FiT-All) chest to augment deficiencies in the cost recovery revenue (CRR) sub-account to continue funding renewable energy producers.

Power distributors ordered to refund P2.8B in excess charges

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Friday ordered 63 distribution utilities (DU) to refund its customers over P2.8 billion in over-recoveries charges.

Transparency on power plant outages sought by consumer group

POWER generation companies must disclose their plant maintenance schedule for this year until 2022 to fully inform the public, a consumer advocacy group said after the Energy department warned of a possible electricity supply shortfall during the summer months.

ERC braces for tight power supply during summer months

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has reminded power generation companies, including those that are required to invite competitive bidders for their output, to continue operating in the face of an expected tight supply around April and May.

ERC notes incomplete compliance for Mindanao WESM participants

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) told power distribution utilities (DUs) and other participants of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao to comply with the requirements after noting a delay in the completion of their registration.

ERC approves amended net metering rules

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has adopted amendments to the rules on net metering, the program that allows ordinary electricity consumers with their own power generation systems to sell their excess capacity to the distribution grid.

ERC still studying coverage of Supreme Court’s TRO on RCOA provisions

THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) remained evasive about how it plans to respond to the Energy department’s call for the regulator to come up with rules that will allow customers whose consumption reached the set threshold to buy electricity from retailers on a voluntary basis.

ERC to ensure rates in utilities’ PSAs are least cost offers

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will ensure that distribution utilities that entered into a power supply agreement (PSA) with a generation company have opted for the least cost offer during the bid process, the agency said on Monday.

ERC approves Meralco’s withdrawal of 3 PSAs

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) application to withdraw its power supply agreements (PSA) with three power generating companies after the Supreme Court ordered them to first go through competitive bidding before forging the deals.

ERC to seek clarification from SC on competitive selection ruling

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Friday that it will seek clarification from the Supreme Court (SC) after the tribunal denied the agency’s motion for reconsideration on a ruling that invalidated a number of power supply contracts that could affect millions of electricity consumers.

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.