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Devanadera Vows to Strengthen Electricity Regulation

Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera vowed to step up the regulation of the electric power industry as the agency formally launched its short-term program for efficiency dubbed as “ERC’s 5Es”:  (1) ERC on Wheels; (2) ERC Academy; (3) eWISE (ERC Web Portal for Interactive and Systematic Exchange); (4) ERC on Emerging Technologies; and (5) ERC Enabling Electrification.  

“We are acting on the electric power industry’s plea to strengthen the ERC.  We recognized that we have entered a new regime where consumer benefit consciousness has to be given utmost consideration.  In this connection, I have directed the review of all ERC Rules with direct impact on electricity consumers and improve thereon, if warranted,” Devanadera stated.  

In a related development, Chairperson Devanadera lauded the energy groups, distribution utilities, electric power industry stakeholders, and other government agencies, particularly the Philippine Electric Plant Owners Association (PEPOA), Philippine Independent Power Producers Association (PIPPA), National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Power Corporation (NPC), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Department of Energy (DOE), that supported the call to strengthen, rather than abolish the ERC.  The energy groups on Monday (25 June 2018) expressed their views and concerns on streamlining vis-a-vis abolishing the ERC before a Congressional meeting.

“We will fast-track the review and, if necessary, amend the relevant ERC Rules to ensure that the consumers’ welfare are promoted and protected.  As we strengthen the ERC’s processes, we will also make sure that our policies are robust and legally defensible,” ERC Chair Devanadera emphasized.


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