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ERC Fast Tracks Evaluation on PECO Probe

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has completed its field inspection and data gathering as part of its investigation on the series of pole fire incidents in the PECO franchise area. The parties concerned have also been summoned by the Commission to shed light on these incidents.  

"The findings of the technical team will be presented to the Commission Monday and released to the public accordingly,” said ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera.  

In relation to this, the ERC distanced itself from the PECO-ERC Press Conference which was conducted on November 14. 2019.

"The ERC has no participation, in any manner, in the said press conference. The ERC remains independent in the discharge of its functions, including the conduct of investigations. Premature reporting of the outcome of our investigation is but a product of speculation that serves no purpose, except to confuse the public," said Chairperson Devanadera.
The ERC dispatched an Inspection Team in the first week of November in response to the letter-complaint filed by Mayor Geronimo Treñas of Iloilo City due to a series of fire incidents involving electric poles within PECO’s franchise area.  The inspection teams looked into the different aspects of PECO’s distribution system.  

The ERC also invited PECO to shed light on the pole fire incidents in a hearing conducted on 30 October 2019. The Commission likewise directed PECO to submit a written comprehensive report to shed light on the pole fire incidents, and the same is now being reviewed together with the Commission's findings from the field.  

“It would be prudent for the Commission to evaluate and analyze the situation surrounding the reported pole fire incidents in PECO’s franchise area wholistically and not on a per incident or asset basis.  The way that the poles are maintained over the years and the remaining useful life of the poles also needs to be looked into.   We are mindful of the urgency of resolving this matter and we wish to assure the public that this is among the priority concerns of the Commission”, ERC Chair Devanadera added.


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