ERC Approves 176 COCs, PAOs Amid Quarantine
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved 176 applications for the issuance of Certificate of Compliance (COC) and Provisional Authority to Operate (PAO) of Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Qualified End-Users (QEs), and Self-Generation Facilities (SGFs) during the period from March 15 until July 14, 2020.“Work in the ERC must go on despite the lockdown measures implemented by the government, because keeping a sustainable electricity is very crucial especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COCs and PAOs that we have approved will authorize the Generation Companies to start their commercial operations in order to ensure a stable and reliable power supply”
, said ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera.
The ERC, in particular, approved the following: (1) Fifty-one (51) COCs to IPPs, thirthy-three (33) of which are PAOs; (2) Seventy-six (76) COCs for QEs; and (3) Forty-nine (49) COCs for SGFs. For the IPPs, fifteen (15) are new COCs while the remaining thirty-six (36) are renewals. For the SGFs, twenty-three (23) are new COCs while twenty-six (26) are renewals.
The COCs are being issued by the ERC in favor of a person or entity to operate a power plant or other facilities used in generation of electricity pursuant to Section 6 of R.A. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform act of 2001 (EPIRA). Meanwhile, pending the issuance of a COC, a PAO may be issued by the ERC to enable a Generation Company (GenCo) to operate its Generation Facility. The PAO is being issued in the form of a notification to the GenCo which is valid for a period of six (6) months from the issuance thereof. The 6-month period shall be included in the 5-year term of the COC that may be issued by the ERC for such Generation Facility/ies.
To ensure the performance of its mandates and the continuous delivery of its services, the ERC adopted a combination of Work-from-Home (WFH) and Skeleton Workforce (SW) work arrangements during the Community Quarantine periods.“The Commission assures the Generation Companies that they will be issued the required COCs or PAOs within the prescribed period to enable them to operate and augment the country’s power supply. This will help ensure an uninterrupted electricity and help alleviate the impacts of this pandemic”
, ERC Chair Devanadera added.