DoE pledges lower power costs to Mindanao investors

24 April 2017, 9:42 pm

THE Department of Energy (DoE) committed P2.50 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to Middle East businessmen eyeing to invests in Mindanao, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza said.

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Bid and breakfast

19 April 2017, 4:58 pm

As congressmen fight to death in public to defend their concubines, our beloved lawmakers ended the investigation of big issues in the ERC—rather abruptly.

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Duterte needs Enrile’s expertise in the power industry

18 April 2017, 5:07 pm

IF he’s really serious, President Duterte can always ask his friend, former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, to help prosecute grafters and plunderers in the multitrillion-peso power industry.

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Groups slam Meralco power rate increase

11 April 2017, 4:49 pm

A CONSUMER group on Tuesday lashed out at the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) that on Monday announced a new round of power rate hike for this month.

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Saturday quake took out 1,647MW from power grid

10 April 2017, 6:37 pm

LUZON lost a total of 1,647 megawatts (MW) when an intensity six earthquake hit on Saturday with Mabini, Batangas as epicenter, causing several power plants to trip simultaneously, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Monday.

 

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Congress must look at Epira now

9 April 2017, 6:33 pm

THERE is no subject further stirring up the public’s social and economic interests than rising electricity bills. After all, this affects households, commercial and industrial sectors.

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PHL needs to hike power supply by 43,000 MW–DOE

8 April 2017, 7:44 pm

The Philippines needs 43,000 megawatts (MW) of additional power-generation capacity until 2040, with the bulk to be supplied in Luzon, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

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Leyte seeks island’s total electrification

2 April 2017, 7:09 pm

The provincial government of Southern Leyte reiterated its appeal for the complete electrification of the island of Limasawa.

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Cusi to push for total electrification by 2022

1 April 2017, 10:18 pm

The Energy Department is pushing for total household electrification by 2022 from 90.65 percent as of December last year.

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DOE faces House probe on summer’s plant shutdowns

27 March 2017, 9:22 pm

The House of Representatives is set to drag the Department of Energy (DOE) into another round of investigation on why it has not been able to efficiently evade the massive maintenance shutdown of power plants during summer months when demand would typically peak and supply could run tight.

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20 power plants to shut down

26 March 2017, 10:00 pm

About 20 power plants will go on scheduled maintenance shutdown during the dry months, affecting energy supply, the Energy Department said Monday.

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Meralco seeks FGen supply

25 March 2017, 10:24 pm

Manila Electric Co., the biggest retailer of electricity, is negotiating with First Gen Corp. to buy 200 megawatts from the latter’s 414-megawatt San Gabriel natural gas plant in Batangas to ensure adequate power supply during the dry months.

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Cebu-Bohol power link done in 3 years

25 March 2017, 9:48 pm

The Cebu-Bohol power link is now pursued to be done much earlier than expected over the next three years, bearing fruit for Gov. Edgar Chatto’s lobby amid fearless forecast of Bohol’s load growth to get faster.

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Policing the power sector

19 March 2017, 8:42 pm

The Philippines has one of the most expensive electricity rates in the world. The government owes taxpayers safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but its attempt to lower prices by restructuring the power sector through the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001 has not been without obstacles.

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Mindanao power coops: WESM to jack up electricity rates

15 March 2017, 8:20 pm

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. (Amreco) has reiterated its opposition to the proposed wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) and has vowed to protect its consumers from exorbitant power rates it could bring.

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Meralco seeks nod on smart metering

14 March 2017, 10:55 pm

Manila Electric Co., the biggest electricity retailer, asked the Energy Regulatory Commission to allow the implementation of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure project that will pave the way for postpaid subscribers to avail of its Kuryente Load program starting June 1.

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Amreco wants power auction ahead of grid interconnection

14 March 2017, 9:49 pm

THE Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (Amreco) Inc., is asking the government and other stakeholders to find alternative mechanisms to address the electricity market in Mindanao before the island is connected to the Visayas grid. Amreco, with the Power Supply Aggregation Group Corporation (PSAGCORP), is proposing an alternative electricity market only as one of the options subject to a thorough study of the problems confronting the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Luzon and the Visayas and consider the perceived peculiar power condition in Mindanao. “We want to make it clear that we are not against electricity market scheme in Mindanao, but rather we want our concerns be heard by the Department of Energy considering that there are other options than to put up a WESM to implement the government’s circular on selling electricity in the island, particularly to the Amreco consumers,” said Sergio Dagooc, Amreco president. Amreco has been consistent in pushing for the establishment of an independent market in Mindanao that is separate from the WESM administered by the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. Amreco wants the Mindanao market to be managed by stakeholders and market participants in Mindanao. A series of workshops and the creation of a technical working group in cooperation with generation and transmission companies, notwithstanding the distribution utilities, were organized by Amreco to enable and clarify definitions of the problems and constraints in the Mindanao Power Grid. The output of the workshop would be useful in reviewing the proposed WESM in Mindanao. The perspectives shared by participants would craft and implement a "responsive mechanism" while WESM Mindanao is not yet operational, said Amreco. “We are aware of the pros and cons of the WESM operation in the Luzon and Visayas grids where prices of electricity have gone up instead of making it more affordable to the poorest of the poor of consumers,” Dagooc said. Ameco said that one of the issues they would tackle is the uncontracted available capacity of generating companies (gencos). It proposed that there should be selective dispatch of hydro power where it would only be on peak hours, genco to genco contracts where these companies are allowed to buy power from among themselves for replacement power, unification of uncontracted capacities of electric cooperatives to the uncontracted capacities of the distribution utilities. Amreco PSAGCORP proposed that instead of a WESM, a Mindanao Power Auction should be established as the electricity market mechanism for Mindanao.

Reference:

Enerio, B. D. (March 15, 2017). Amreco wants power auction ahead of grid interconnection. Sunstar Cagayan de Oro. Retrieved from http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/business/2017/03/15/amreco-wants-power-auction-ahead-grid-interconnection-531101

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Meralco seeks ERC okay for ‘smart’ power meter project

14 March 2017, 7:42 pm

The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is seeking approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to implement starting June this year its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), a major project of the utility firm that  will help customers manage their energy usage, thereby resulting in savings.

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Power plant capacity rises 13% to over 21,000 MW

13 March 2017, 10:02 pm

The Department of Energy (DoE) said dependable capacity as of last year reached 19,097 MW, or 89% of the total installed capacity, and slightly better than the previous year’s 88%.

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