NGCP expects power supply to normalize by September
Aileen Cerrudo • May 16, 2019 • 1190
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) expects power supply to normalize by September, once hydroelectric power plants go online.
During a press briefing on Wednesday (May 15), NGCP division head for power network planning Fidel Dagsaan Jr. said, “Maging operational ito around August or September so doon magpapasok naman, (It will become operational around August or September).”
The NGCP again issued a yellow alert in the Luzon grid on Thursday (May 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Details on the cause is yet to be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE).
The Supreme Court’s decision to deny the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) motion for reconsideration might result in the cessation of power supply.
The ERC has filed a motion for reconsideration of SC’s ruling to void over 90 power supply agreements (PSA) that did not undergo bidding.
“The High Court’s decision will result to the possible immediate termination of 99 affected PSA contracts which will result in the cessation of power supply to 52 Distribution Utilities (DUs) that are serving 13 million electricity consumers,” according to their statement.
There might also be a possible surge in power bills due to the said decision, the ERC added.
However, the ERC also said they will comply with the directive of the Supreme Court.
“We only need to seek guidance through a motion for clarification on how to implement their decision particularly on the rates and the continued supply of electricity to the affected public utilities,” according to ERC chairperson and CEO, Agnes VST Devanadera.—AAC
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