COC Issuance Dependent on the GenCos’ Full Compliance to the Requirements - ERC
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) clarified that generation companies that seek the Commission’s approval for the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance (COC) must have fully complied with all the necessary documents and permits required in order to secure the same. “The EPIRA has specified the necessary clearances that Generation Companies (GenCos) must secure prior to the ERC’s issuance of COCs. Unless all the documentary requirements have been fully complied with, only then we can issue the corresponding COC”
, ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera explained.
Under the Revised Rules for the Issuance of Certificates of Compliance (COCs) issued by the ERC (Resolution No. 16, Series of 2014), the Commission has 60-calendar days to act on applications for COCs reckoned from the date of complete submission of the required information, including the completion of the ERC’s technical inspection of the power plant.
MERALCO recently appealed to the ERC to approve its COC for its power plant in Quezon Province to ensure sufficient power supply in the advent of the Malampaya gas facility shutdown next month. MERALCO, however, have yet to complete and secure the necessary permits before the ERC can fully evaluate the propriety of the grant of the COC. “We welcome the entry of new power plants as these will augment and ensure the sustainability of power supply. However, we will not allow the stakeholders to breach the law and the rules that we have promulgated as they were designed to ensure that the consuming public’s interest is not compromised”
, Chair Devanadera added.
The Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) mandates new generation companies to secure a Certificate of Compliance (COC) from the ERC before its commercial operations, provided that the GenCos have also obtained the necessary health, safety and environmental clearances from the appropriate government agencies.