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Senate okays franchise for Solar Para sa Bayan

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to grant Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation (SPSB Corp.) a renewable energy distribution franchise.

Cusi wants power retailers to submit demand estimates

Friday, May 24, 2019

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi wants power distributors to submit their demand projections to ensure future security of supply following the Supreme Court ruling that directed them to conduct a competitive selection process, or public bidding, in their electricity purchases.

NEA plans to modify norms for evaluating co-ops

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has proposed changes to the way it evaluates the performance of electric cooperatives by including their energization level among the parameters, the agency said on Thursday.

‘Murang Kuryente’ measures hurdles bicam; ratification seen next week

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Senate and House of Representatives are set to ratify next week the proposed “Murang Kuryente Act,” which could end up taking effect in September.

Competitive bidding for PSAs starts

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Power distribution utilities (DUs) should start undertaking competitive bidding for the power supply agreements (PSAs) affected by the Supreme Court decision, the Department of Energy said.

DOE may issue circular to enforce SC ruling on competitive selection

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

THE Department of Energy (DoE) is meeting with Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and other stakeholders that are expected to be affected by the Supreme Court (SC) decision requiring all power supply agreements (PSAs) forged after June 30, 2015 to undergo a competitive selection process (CSP).

Gov’t on road show to draw interest to energy auction

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Department of Energy (DoE) is taking to the United States and other parts of the globe its road show to drum up interest in the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program (PCECP) after it extended the deadline for investors to submit their application to explore pre-determined oil and gas reserves in the country.

DOE hastens power supply competitive biddings

Monday, May 20, 2019

To comply with a recent verdict of the Supreme Court (SC), the Department of Energy (DOE) is finding ways how it can fast-track the conduct of competitive selection process (CSP) or bidding on the power supply contracting of distribution utilities (DUs) so brownouts can be prevented.

ERC explores options on retail competition, open access

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission is working on a solution to fully implement retail competition and open access (RCOA), which was blocked by a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court.

Old plants supply 80% of power in Luzon

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said almost 80 percent of electricity generated in Luzon comes from aging power plants or those built about two decades ago.

ERC summons electricity stakeholders

Friday, May 10, 2019

Anticipating the release of the Supreme Court (SC) ruling stating that all Power Supply Agreements (PSAs) between Generation companies and Distribution Utilities are required to undergo the Competitive Selection Process (CSP) on or after June 30, 2015, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) summoned the concerned electric power industry stakeholders and required them to submit information that will enable the agency to assess the possible impact of the SC decision.

New energy efficiency law a ‘win’ for consumers – Gatchalian

Thursday, May 9, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing into law of the “landmark” Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act is a timely victory for consumers, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Thursday.

ERC assessing power supply deals affected by SC decision

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Some distribution utilities (DUs) may lose fraction of their contracted supply as a result of the Supreme Court (SC) decision mandating all power supply agreements (PSAs) from June 30, 2015 to go through competitive selection process (CSP) or bidding.

ERC tackles SC ruling on supply deals with power stakeholders

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will undertake measures, including meetings with the Department of Energy (DOE) and affected power players following the Supreme Court (SC) decision requiring competitive bidding to secure power supply agreements (PSAs).

SC requires bidding for all power supply agreements

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered all power supply agreements (PSA) submitted by distribution utilities (DU) to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on or after June 30, 2015 to undergo competitive selection process (CSP).

ERC’s competitive selection rules expected in 30 days

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) expects to issue within 30 days its final rules on competitive selection process (CSP), a scheme that chooses the lowest-cost power for consumers, including a provision on replacement power that will require the generation companies to shoulder the cost of unscheduled plant outages.

Power deals should undergo competitive selection process, SC tells Meralco, DUs

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and other Distribution Utilities (DU) to pick their respective power suppliers through Competitive Selection Process (CSP).

Microgrid dev’t pushed to hasten total electrification

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Senate Committee on Energy chaired by Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian on Monday pushed for the approval by Congress of a bill that would spur microgrid development in unserved and underserved areas nationwide as the government targets 100 percent household electrification level by 2022.

NGO asks for a review of EPIRA

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Murang Kuryente Partylist (MKP), a non-government organization (NGO), yesterday urged Congress to punish abusive power companies and implement fundamental reforms in the power sector which would swing the balance of power in favor of consumers instead of power companies.

Power panel passes amendments to EPIRA IRR

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) on Thursday approved amendments to the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act Law (EPIRA) to facilitate the granting of benefits to host communities.

SC ruling to delineate PCC, ERC responsibilities

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The division of labor between the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will be clarified once the Supreme Court decides on a case which was elevated by the power regulator, according to a PCC official.

DOE seeks WESM registration for more power generators

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Department of Energy (DoE) said embedded generation plants, or those that are not directly connected to the power grid but supply electricity to a distinct area, are now required to register with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Power producers cite need for more peaking plants

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The country needs to develop more peaking power plants – or those plants that can run during peak hours – in order to address any sudden spikes in demand and address the problem of brownouts, according to the country’s power producers.

WESM operator appoints new president

Thursday, April 25, 2019

In less than a year, the market operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) is having its second president in Engineer Jose Mari T. Bigornia, replacing lawyer Francis Saturnino Juan whose term at the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) had been cut short to April 30 this year.

DOE tightens rule on pass-on charges to consumers

Monday, April 22, 2019

On account of the recent breakdown of power plants, the Department of Energy (DOE) said it will further tighten the rules on the pass-on of different cost components in the electricity bills of consumers – including the replacement power being secured by generation companies (GenCos) when their facilities suffer forced outages.

NGCP activates new facilities serving Bataan, Pampanga

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said it energized an expanded substation and transmission line in Bataan, ensuring more reliable transmission of power in the province.

WESM operator readies Mindanao electricity market

Friday, April 12, 2019

Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines, operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market, is laying the groundwork for the eventual operations of the Mindanao electricity spot market this year.

ERC green lights NGCP transmission project

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has given the  green light to the transmission project of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) in Northern Luzon to improve the overall power grid system.

ERC approves P1.9 billion Cebu - Lapu-Lapu line

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission approved the P1.884-billion Cebu–Lapu-Lapu Transmission Project of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines that will help strengthen the Visayas transmission backbone.

DOE order to refine retail competition and open access

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Department of Energy is set to come out with a circular to assure further the smooth implementation of the retail competition and open access, where customers are given the choice to use their own supplier.

ERC gives generation companies more time to hike capacity limits

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has decided to extend the deadline for the setting of installed generating capacity (IGC) and market share limitations to June 30 to ensure an accurate annual review.

Bill tapping Malampaya fund to pay for NPC debt seen ratified before Congress concludes

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Murang Kuryente Bill, which will settle the National Power Corp.’s (NPC) obligations by tapping the P208-billion net national government share in the Malampaya fund, is expected for ratification when the congressional session resumes in May.

NGCP spends P316 million to upgrade Pampanga transmission system

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has invested P316 million to improve power reliability in Pampanga.

ERC reduces FIT-All charge in electric bills

Monday, March 25, 2019

The feed-in-tariff allowance (FIT-All) line item in the electric bills of consumers had been reduced by P0.0337 per kilowatt-hour from the current P0.2563 per kwh charge in the billings.

DOE modifying rules on certification of duty-free importation of RE equipment

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) will be re-casting the set of rules on its issuance of certificates for duty-free importation of equipment, machinery and spare parts that will be utilized for renewable energy (RE) projects in the Philippines.

NAPOCOR sees April decision on Agus rehabilitation plan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The National Power Corp. (Napocor) expects the government to make a decision in April on the rehabilitation of the Agus hydroelectric power complex in Mindanao, with three options being studied by the World Bank.

Cusi: 2 private firms keen on oil storage facilities

Friday, March 15, 2019

Two private companies have proposed to put oil storage facilities to help secure the country’s reserve requirements, the Department of Energy said Friday.

Delay in Energy World Corp. power plant disrupts DOE's supply plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The delay in the gas-fired power plant of Australian firm Energy World Corp. (EWC)  “hurts” the Department of Energy’s power supply planning, DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

Cusi opposes higher blend for biodiesel

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has called for more studies on increasing the biodiesel blend, saying it could have an impact on pump prices especially in the wake of recent successive oil price increases.

NGCP lines up key transmission projects

Monday, March 11, 2019

National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has lined up critical transmission projects to ensure reliable power to the economy until 2040.

TransCo nears full payment of feed-in tariff backlog

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) expects to wipe out the backlog to be paid to renewable energy (RE) developers under the feed-in tariff (FIT) within the month.

Bicam approves Murang Kuryente Act

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The bicameral conference committee has approved the proposed “Murang Kuryente Act” which would help consumers avail of lower electricity costs.

PECO seeks TRO against MORE Power takeover of Iloilo franchise

Thursday, March 7, 2019

PANAY ELECTRIC Company, Inc. (PECO), which is poised to lose its 95-year power distribution license in Iloilo City, is seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) order barring the takeover of new entrant MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power).

Energy dep’t identifies 8 ‘ailing’ electric cooperatives; Philreca criticizes Cusi

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) has reduced to eight from 17 the number of electric cooperatives that are “ailing” and have failed to provide the required services, leaving them open to a possible takeover by private entities.

MORE Power promises Iloilo businesses lower rates

Friday, March 1, 2019

MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power) said it will provide lower power rates when it takes over the concession from Iloilo City from the current power distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO).

Power cooperatives told to relocate facilities for infrastructure right-of-way

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Power cooperatives will be given until the end of the year to relocate transmission facilities in the right-of-way (ROW) of national government infrastructure projects.

PSALM sets sale of Malaya Thermal Power Plant on April 24

Monday, February 25, 2019

State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has set the sale of the 650-megawatt (MW) Malaya Thermal Power Plant (TPP) after the Holy Week break, its top official said.

More Power granted 25-year distribution franchise in Iloilo City

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law granting More Electric and Power Corp. (More Power), a firm controlled by billionaire Enrique Razon, a 25-year power distribution franchise in Iloilo City.

DOE endorses 42 projects for commercial operations

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) has endorsed three more power projects for commercial operations, ending 2018 with 42 projects overall.

Malampaya hits all-time high yield in 2018

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Malampaya gas field hit an all-time high record last year, producing 150,804 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas, the biggest since the start of its commercial production almost two decades ago.

Senate OKs Murang Kuryente Act on third reading

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill authorizing the use of the ₱207-billion Malampaya Fund to pay off the stranded contract costs and stranded debt of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).

Solon pushes for the removal of VAT on electricity

Monday, February 11, 2019

Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV has called on the government to remove the value added tax (VAT) on electricity to help ease the concerns of power consumers from the high prices of basic needs and services.

Malampaya fund to retire PSALM debts

Saturday, February 9, 2019

In a legislative measure that already passed third and final reading in the Senate, P207 billion of the Malampaya fund had been permitted to be applied in expunging power sector liabilities that were placed under the charge of the state-owned firm.

Leviste willing to accept proposed amendments to Solar Para sa Bayan's franchise

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The owner of Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp., the company that is seeking a legislative franchise to put up minigrid systems nationwide, is willing to compromise and accept the amendments proposed by electric utilities including the regulation of its power rates and a limit to its scope of operation.

PCC backs solar franchise but wants competition rules in place

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said it supports attempts by a solar energy company to seek a legislative franchise to operate all over the country, but only after a regulatory framework is in place to guard against anti-competitive practices.

ERC steps up on meter-testing facility

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is reinforcing its meter-testing laboratory for it to gain ISO accreditation that will then give it the leverage to ramp up within scale of internationally-recognized standards.

DOE demands transparency from oil industry players

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) wants to explore legal means that could force oil companies to be more transparent on their margins for profit.

Murang Kuryente bill deemed not enough to lower power cost

Monday, January 28, 2019

Civil society groups have called for the overhaul of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001, saying the current energy reforms are not enough to reduce the high cost of electricity.

NGCP may defer IPO

Monday, January 28, 2019

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is seeking to defer its initial public offering (IPO) beyond the mandated period under a concession agreement with the government.

Malampaya shutdown worries Energy's Cusi

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Department of Energy is considering several measures to prevent price spikes during the expected shutdown of the Malampaya gas field in northwest Palawan in October.

DOE guarantees secure energy supply even with "Build, Build, Build"

Friday, January 25, 2019

Following Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s concerns over a possible power crisis and energy supply deficiency, the Department of Energy (DOE) assured the public that there are ongoing efforts to secure the country’s future energy requirements.

DOE wants expanded nuclear power body placed under Palace's watch

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing for the creation of an expanded inter-agency nuclear power development body that shall be headed by the Office of the President, especially on the sphere on regulation.

DOE tap all possible resources to assure national energy security

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi yesterday (23 January) underscored the need to tap all available energy resources to assure the country’s energy security amidst ever growing demand during the DOE-hosted TED Talk of policy expert Mr. Michael Shellenberger on “Why We Need Nuclear Energy”.

Nuclear power policy set to be issued soon

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Energy Department is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will soon sign the executive order for a national policy on nuclear power development.

PSALM steps up ‘negotiated deal’ for Malaya thermal plant

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) is inviting all interested investors for its propounded negotiated deal for a property which was previously a site for the Manila thermal power facility.

Soosan bags Malaya power plant contract

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. awarded the service contract for the one-year operation and maintenance of the 650-megawatt Malaya Thermal Power Plant to Soosan ENS Co. Ltd. of South Korea

7 investors seeking DOE clearance for 14 petroleum blocks

Monday, January 21, 2019

A good mix of seven local and foreign investors are seeking clearance from the Department of Energy (DOE) for their targeted nomination of service areas in at least 14 petroleum blocks qualifying under the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program.

DOE sets conditions on planned WESM-Mindanao establishment

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) has laid down at least six conditions for it to firm up its go-signal on the establishment of the propounded Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao grid as targeted around June this year.

NGCP expands eastern Visayas transmission network

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has expanded its transmission line network in Eastern Visayas with the addition of a major transmission line and the upgrade of two substations.

PSALM to set new bidding for Malaya valuation consultant

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) will schedule another bidding on the consultancy services that will draw up the valuation and reserve price for the 650-megawatt Malaya power facility’s targeted privatization this year.

PSALM seeks offers for 2.1-ha Paco property

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has called for offers for the negotiated sale of a 2.1-hectare property that hosted the Manila Thermal Power Plant in Paco, Manila, at a floor price of P736.37 million