ERC Seeks Comments on its Proposed Guidelines on E-Filings and Virtual Hearings
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), in a Notice issued in connection with ERC Case No. 2020-001 RM in re: Adoption of the Interim Guidelines Governing Electronic Application, Filings and Virtual Hearings Before the Energy Regulatory Commission, sought the electric power industry participants’ comments on the 1st draft of the subject guidelines. The proposed guidelines will allow and provide the ERC with a safe means to continuously perform its mandate amidst the ongoing Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19.
“We urge all interested parties to submit their comments on the proposed interim guidelines on or before 11 June 2020 so that their inputs and concerns may be considered and form part of the final guidelines to be promulgated by the Commission”, said ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera.
The ERC’s proposed guidelines will cover the following: (1) Filing of new quasi-judicial applications or petitions; (2) Filing of pleadings for cases pending before the ERC; (3) Conduct of virtual hearings and mediations; (4) Filing of Application for Certificate of Compliance (COC), Retail Electricity Supplier’s (RES) License, Meter Type Approval and Authority to Maintain Meter Shops; (5) Filing of Consumer Complaints; (6) Submission of Reportorial Requirements; and (7) Sending of request letters to the ERC.
The subject interim guidelines shall be in effect for the duration of the State of Public Health Emergency and/or State of Calamity, until and unless either or both declaration/s is/are lifted. The ERC, however, may subsequently adopt the Guidelines on electronic filing and pre-filing as well as the conduct of virtual hearings and incorporate the same in its Rules of Practice and Procedure which is currently undergoing review and improvements.
Comments to the proposed guidelines may be sent via email at email@example.com.