NGCP expects power supply to normalize by September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 16, 2019   •   1190

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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).

Meralco power rates to go down this September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will cut down power rates by P0.52 per kilowatt-hour this September.

From P9.56 per kilowatt-hour rate last August, it will go down by P9.04 per kilowatt-hour.

This is more than half of the projection released by Meralco of P0.15 to P0.20 per kilowatt-hour power rate cut.

If a family would consume 200 kilowatt-hours per month, they can save P105 pesos this month compared in August.

According to Meralco, the overall generation charge this month went down by P0.44 where P0.24 is the net settlement surplus ordered by the Energy Regulatory Board (ERC) last August 1.

“As far as overall electricity rates are concerned mula February 2018 this is already the lowest,” according to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.

Sufficient power supply also contributed to the decline of generation charge from power plants.

“Wala tayong instances ng red and yellow alerts unlike in the past (We don’t have instances of red and yellow alerts unlike in the past),” Zaldarriaga said.

This is the fifth consecutive month of power rate decline. However, Meralco still advises consumers to save electricity.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

ERC: SC decision might result in the cessation of power supply

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019

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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

Power supply transfer activity to affect parts of Quezon City next week – Manila Water

Maris Federez   •   August 10, 2019

The Manila Water Company on Saturday announced water service interruption next week that may affect several areas in Quezon City.

On its twitter post, Manila Water said power supply transfer activity is scheduled at its Luzon Water Treatment Plant in Quezon City on August 13-15, 2019, 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

This activity may affect the water supply of Barangays Holy Spirit, Pasong Tamo, and Sauyo in Quezon City.

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