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ERC Orders NGCP and VisMin DUs: Restore Power and Relax Electricity Bill Collection

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) directed the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Distribution Utilities (DUs) in Visayas and Mindanao that were affected by the recent Typhoon Odette to prioritize and speed up their power restoration efforts, while according some consideration to their electricity consumers by providing some leniency in their electric bill payment.

“We are reminding both the NGCP and Distribution Utilities (DUs) of their mandate of immediate restoration of lines and power supply to their consumers after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.  Consequently, we expect that all their efforts now are concentrated on ensuring that supply will be restored at the earliest possible time. We also direct the DUs to relax their collection policies to consumers in their franchise area, at least within the next two (2) months, to give people time to recover from the effects of the typhoon. The directive will also be applied to NGCP, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), generation companies, and the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM)," ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera said.

The ERC, in a recent meeting with the NGCP, required the latter to provide the Commission with the status and extent of its transmission lines restoration efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette. ERC emphasized that during force majeure events, the NGCP and the affected Distribution Utilities (DUs) may immediately implement their CAPEX projects for the restoration of power without seeking prior approval from the ERC, as provided in Article 10.2 of the Rules for Setting Transmission Wheeling Rates (RTWR) and Article 3.3 of the Amended Rules for the Approval of Regulated Entities’ Capital Expenditure Projects (CAPEX Rules), respectively.   Since immediate reporting may hamper the restoration work, a Force Majeure Event (FME) Notice only is required within three (3) months from the occurrence of the force majeure.  Thereafter, the affected Regulated Entity shall seek the ERC’s confirmation of the implementation of capital expenditure projects arising from such event.

                     
“We appreciate the efforts of the NGCP for its timely action in assessing the damage and in doing the immediate rehabilitation works necessary to fast track the power restoration in the affected areas.  We also want to assure the consuming public that there are mechanisms in place that allows the concerned electric power stakeholder to immediately respond and address the electricity needs of those affected by force majeure events,” ERC Chair Devanadera added.

 

Today at ERC
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Hearing Schedules
Time:
09:00
Case No.:
2022-009 MC [JU] [EX]
Applicant:
UPSI (JASAAN)
Venue:
Virtual Hearing: Platform - MS TEAMS
Title:
PTP
Time:
14:00
Case No.:
2021-046 RC (CANCELLED) [EV]
Applicant:
NEECO II - AREA 2 & MPPCL (CANCELLED)
Venue:
Virtual Hearing: Platform - MS TEAMS
Title:
PSA (CANCELLED)

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