Think tank warns of power shortage, rate increases in the coming months

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2019   •   551

MANILA, Philippines – Power rates are seen to shoot up in the coming months along with a series of power interruptions, according to the group Infrawatch PH.

It’s because the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has not approved all six new power supply agreements which Meralco is eyeing to source its supply from.

According to former congressman now Infrawatch PH Convenor Terry Riddon, ERC should have decided on the agreement as early as November 22.

But until now, the agreements have not yet been finalized even as Meralco’s power supply agreement (PSA) are set to expire on December 26.

This would likely result in power shortage and power rate increase in the coming months, according to Riddon.

“Natatakot po tayo na pagka nag-lapse po yung mga kontrata ng ilan pong tinatawag na PSAs ay kukuha po tayo ng kuryente sa spot market (It worries us that once the PSAs expire, we will need to source our electricity from the spot market),” he explained.

“Siyempre alam naman po natin kapag hindi contracted price may tendency na sumipa yung presyo ng kuryente (And as we all know, contracted price could result in power rate hikes),” he added.

But ERC denied stalling the new PSA as they received the applications only in October 22 this year.

Under the law, ERC has at least 75 days to issue a provisional authority on such type of agreements.

“Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling yung notion na nagkakaroon ng delay, (I don’t know from where that notion of a delay came from),” defended ERC Spokesperson Florinda Digal.

“Kapag file ng application sine-set namin for hearing, so may aksyon na kami. I think hindi lang naipaliwanag sa kanila na may proseso kasi bawat application na pina-file dito sa amin and gumagalaw yung application in accordance with the procedure,” she explained further.

(Once the application is filed, we set the hearing right away, so there’s action. I think, it was not explained to them properly that there is a process to follow and that the application is working in accordance with the procedure.)

The ERC maintained that it will not allow any delays in contracts that could result in shortage of power supply and high electricity prices that would inconvenience consumers.

“This is what we want to assure the public whenever we receive applications tinitignan din namin kung ano yung magiging epekto nito at syempre hindi kami papayag na magkaroon ng deficiency sa supply just because something is pending with us,” Digal said.

(This is what we want to assure the public whenever we receive applications. We look at their effects and of course, we do not allow deficiencies in the supply just because something is pending with us.)

Meanwhile, Meralco vows to cooperate with the government in order to minimize the impact on the consumers.

“We are committed to work with the government in ensuring that we obtain the least cost for consumers,” Meralco’s spokesperson Joe Zaldarriga assured. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

Singil sa kuryente ng Meralco, tataas ngayong Hunyo

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Magtataas ng singil ang Meralco ngayong buwan ng Hunyo.

Ayon sa kumpanya, pagtaas ng generation charge mula sa wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) ang dahilan ng dagdag singil sa kuryente ngayong buwan.

Nagkaroon rin ng pagtaas sa demand sa kuryente sa mga buwan ng Abril at Mayo dahil sa kasagsagan ng tag-init.

Bahagya ring tumaas ang buwis habang bumaba naman ang transmission charges at iba pang gastusin.

“Dala ito ng two factors. Una, tumaas ang demand in Luzon Grid. So between April and May supply month. Aside from the increase in demand, there were also challenges in the supply situation in particular the simultaneous plant outages of generation capacity,” pahayag ni Lawrence Fernandez, ang vice president at head ng Utility Economics ng Meralco.

Ang resulta, dagdag na P16.00 na singil para sa kumokonsumo ng 200 kWh; P24.00 sa kumokonsumo ng P300 kWh; P32.00 sa kumokonsumo ng P400 kWh; at P40.00 sa mga komokonsumo ng 500 kWh pataas.

Pero ayon sa Meralco, ang epekto ng mga nangyaring pagtaas ng demand noong May 31 hanggang June 3 ay hindi pa kasama sa bill ngayong buwan.

Titingnan pa kung magdudulot ito ng pagbabago sa susunod na bayarin.

Nang pumasok ang tag-ulan ay bumaba na ang demand sa kuryente pero payo ng Meralco, dagdagan ang pagtitipid. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

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LIST: Rotational brownouts in Meralco service areas on June 2

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Parts of Metro Manila and other areas being serviced by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will experience rotational power interruptions on Wednesday as the power supply continues to remain low.

On its social media accounts, Meralcoj posted a tentative list of affected areas within its franchise between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

CAVITE PROVINCE

  • Dasmarinas City
    Sampaloc II, Sampaloc I and Paliparan II
  • M. Alvarez
    Francisco De Castro, Francisco Reyes, Gregoria De Jesus, Nicolasa Virata (San Jose), San Jose and Tiniente Tiago
  • Silang
    Adlas, Biga I, Biga II, Biluso, Bucal, Lalaan II, Maguyam, Sabutan, San Vicente II and Silang Town Proper

 

LAGUNA PROVINCE

  • Biñan City
    Biñan (Town Proper), Canlalay, Dela Paz, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, San Vicente, Sto. Domingo and Sto. Tomas
  • San Pedro City
    Landayan, Nueva, Bagong Silang, Estrella, Langgam, Laram, Magsaysay, Narra, Riverside, San Antonio, San Vicente, United Bayanihan, and United Better Living

 

 METRO MANILA

  • Caloocan City
    Deparo, Bagumbong and Camarin
  • Manila City
    Ermita, Malate and Paco
  • Pasig City
    Manggahan, N. Aquino Pilot Com (Napico), Rosario, San Antonio, Sta. Lucia and Ugong
  • Quezon City
    Gulod/Novaliches, Novaliches Proper, Sta. Monica, Bagbag, San Bartolome, Kaligayahan/Novaliches, Nagkaisang Nayon and Novaliches Proper

 

RIZAL PROVINCE

  • Cainta
    Sto Domingo, San Andres and San Juan

 

QUEZON PROVINCE

  • Lucena City
    Gulang-Gulang
  • Tayabas
    Lita, Mateuna, Nangka Ibaba, Tayabas, Tongko and Wakas

 

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) once again placed the Luzon grid under yellow and red alert statuses on Wednesday.

In its advisory, the yellow alert is in place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., then from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and then by 11 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The red alert is raised from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The NGCP said the available capacity is at 11,260 megawatts (MW) while the operating requirement is at 11,976 MW. The operating margin deficiency is at – 716.

The NGCP urged the public to exercise prudence in using electricity.

This is the third straight day that the Luzon grid was placed under red and yellow alerts amid thin power reserves resulting from planned and unplanned outages of several power plants.

LIST: Areas that may experience power outages on June 1

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas in Metro Manila and other provinces may experience rotational brownouts on Tuesday due to low power supply in the Luzon grid, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said.

In an advisory, Meralco said they have already identified areas that may be affected by the power outages after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon grid under red and yellow alerts due to low power supply.

The following is tentative list of affected areas between 12:01 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.;

BULACAN PROVINCE

  • Angat
    Encanto, Paltok, San Roque, Santa Cruz and Taboc
  • Bustos
    Malawak
  • Pandi
    Bagong Barrio, Cacarong Bata, Cacarong Matanda, Cupang, Pinagkuartelan, Poblacion, Real De Cacarong, Siling Bata and Siling Matanda

 CAVITE PROVINCE

  • Amadeo
    Halang
  • Dasmarinas City
    Sampaloc II, Paliparan I, San Agustin I, Langkaan I, Dasmariñas (Town Proper), Sampaloc I, Paliparan II, Sampaloc III, Sampaloc IV and Langkaan II
  • M. Alvarez
    Francisco De Castro, Francisco Reyes, Gregoria De Jesus, Nicolasa Virata (San Jose), San Jose, Tiniente Tiago, Gavino Maderan, Ramon Cruz (Area J) and San Gabriel (Area K)
  • General Trias City
    Alingaro, Buenavista I, Buenavista II, Buenavista III, Javalera, Manggahan, Panungyanan, Pasong, Kawayan 1, Pasong Kawayan 2, San Francisco and Tapia
  • Silang
    Adlas, Biga I, Biga Ii, Biluso, Bucal, Lalaan II, Maguyam, Sabutan, San Vicente II, Silang Town Proper, Acacia, Anahaw I, Anahaw II, Banaba, Bulihan, Ipil I, Ipil II, Narra I, Narra II, Narra III and Yakal

 LAGUNA PROVINCE

  • Los Baños
    Batong Malake, Maahas, Putho-Tuntungin and San Antonio
  • Biñan City
    Biñan (Town Proper), Canlalay, Dela Paz, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, San Vicente, Sto. Domingo, Sto. Tomas
  • San Pedro City
    Bagong Silang, Estrella, Langgam, Laram, Magsaysay, Narra, Riverside, San Antonio, San Vicente, United Bayanihan, United Better Living, Landayan and Nueva

 

METRO MANILA

  • Caloocan City
    Bagong Barrio, Grace Park, Maypajo, Poblacion and Sangandaan
  • Malabon
    Potrero
  • Marikina
    Barangka, Concepcion I, Jesus De La Peña, Nangka, Sto. Niño and Tañong
  • Pasig City
    Manggahan, N. Aquino Pilot Com (Napico), Rosario, San Antonio, Sta. Lucia and Ugong
  • Quezon City
    Kamuning, Loyola Heights, Milagrosa/Proj 4, Masagana, San Roque, Villa Ma. Clara, Duyan Duyan/Proj 3, Bagumbuhay, Escopa III, Marilag and Tagumpay

 

QUEZON PROVINCE

  • Lucena City
    Gulang-Gulang
  • Tayabas
    Lita, Mateuna, Nangka Ibaba, Tayabas, Tongko and Wakas

 

RIZAL PROVINCE

  • Rodriguez (Montalban)
    Balite, Burgos, Geronimo, Manggahan, Rosario, San Isidro, San Jose and San Rafael
  • San Mateo
    Ampid I, Banaba, Dulong Bayan I, Dulong Bayan Ii, Guinayang, Guitnang Bayan I, Guitnang Bayan II, Malanday, Maly and Sta. Ana
  • Cainta
    San Isidro, San Juan, Sto Domingo and San Andres
  • Taytay
    Dolores, San Isidro, San Juan and Sta. Ana

 

The NGCP said the red alert status is in place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will remain from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The NGCP earlier raised yellow alert from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be in place again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The available capacity on Tuesday is at 11,408 megawatts (MW) while the peak demand reached 11,593MW.

The NGCP said manual load dropping could be implemented to “maintain the integrity of power system.”

In case of supply deficiency, Meralco assured that corporations and commercial establishments participating under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) are ready to use their generator sets to help prevent / minimize incidents of power outage.

The power distributor also reminded the public to be energy efficient to help prevent brownouts by unplugging appliances that are not being used, avoid frequently opening and closing refrigerators and to clean electric fan blades and aircon vents for optimal use.

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