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ERC third-quarter approvals pick up as lockdown eases

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Monday that it issued 113 certificates of compliance (CoCs) to power projects rated at 4,213 megawatts (MW) in the three months to September.

ERC extends no-disconnection policy for poorer power users

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Thursday that it ordered all power distributors to delay any disconnections of poor consumers until the end of the year.

Regulator may extend freeze order vs power cuts to end of...

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said it will require power distributors to extend the moratorium on power disconnections until the end of the year.

ERC orders distribution utilities to expedite customer switching

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered distribution utilities to promptly process the applications of customers switching to other retail suppliers, on threat of penalty.

Expedited ERC applications to unlock pending investments

THE Energy Regulation Commission (ERC) said expediting the approvals process for power projects is expected to unlock about P200 billion worth of project proposals currently pending.

ERC targets audit of NGCP assets by October

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is still looking for private auditors to check into the facilities run by privately led National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).

ERC reports more participation in retail power market

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said the pandemic’s “silver lining” is that more contestable customers are joining the retail electricity market, where prices are also falling.

ERC flags 12 power utilities for quarantine billing issues

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has so far counted 12 distribution utilities (DUs) under evaluation for possible violations of its advisories on issuing bills during the quarantine months.

ERC considers tapping state auditors to check Meralco refund

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is planning to engage the Commission on Audit (CoA) to inspect the Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) conduct of refunding some bill portions that were collected in the past years.

First Gen unit fined for ‘distorted’ supply pricing

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has imposed a P1-million fine on a power generation unit of Lopez-led First Gen Corp. for supposedly offering its supply at an “anti-competitive” price.

ERC orders another refund of excess WESM fees

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered another refund of excees fees collected at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in 2016 and 2017. The...

ERC directs erring power utilities to refund customers

POWER UTILITIES were directed to refund the feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) and environmental charge to customers, after failing to comply with the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) earlier directive to suspend collection of these charges at the height of the lockdown.

ERC to order lockdown refund from Meralco

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Tuesday it will soon issue an order to issue refunds to customers who overpaid on their electricity bills, after the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) agreed to return excess collections made during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

ERC orders refund of excess WESM transaction fee

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered the refund of some market transaction fees which were over-collected from participants of the Wholesale Electricity Spot...

ERC defends NGCP’s provisional 2020 revenue cap

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is prepared to justify to Congress its decision to provisionally cap at P47.05 billion the revenue of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).

ERC junks PSALM petitions on universal charge

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has dismissed several petitions of the state-led Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) on the collection of some universal charges from 2007 to 2018, relieving customers of an additional P0.25 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge in their electricity bills.

ERC to Meralco: Explain billing ‘violations’

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) was told to appear before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to explain its supposed violations of the regulator’s advisories on customer billings during the lockdown period.

ERC clears new AC Energy supply rate

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved the appeal of AC Energy Philippines, Inc. (ACEPH) to charge Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) a P4.99 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate for 60% contracted capacity, which it said is relatively lower compared to the utility’s former supply contracts.

ERC urged to probe Iloilo power failures

PANAY Electric Co., Inc. (PECO), the former franchise holder of Iloilo City’s power distribution, has called the attention of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to look into how its rival MORE Electric and Power Corp. has been handling electricity distribution during the lockdown period.

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.