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ERC Lifts Bohol Island Market Suspension

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) directed the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation–Market Operator (PEMC-MO) to resume the operations of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Bohol effective 2101H of 10 February 2022.  The directive was made after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines – Visayas System Operations (NGCP – VSO) reported that the 138 KV Maasin – Ubay Line was energized on 09 February 2022 at 1603H, and consequently, the Bohol Island was resynchronized to the Visayas Grid starting at 1754H of 09 February 2022.
“The ERC has been closely monitoring the situation in Bohol, and the recent resynchronization is a welcome development.  In view of this, we are now lifting the market suspension in Bohol to ensure sustainable power supply and help in the province’s economic recovery after the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette,” said ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera.

Under ERC Resolution No. 12, Series of 2018 entitled – A Resolution Adopting Amendments to the Rules in the Event of Market Suspension or Declaration of Temporary Market Failure and the Subsequent Market Resumption of the Operation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), the ERC is responsible for determining when the market is to resume upon report from the NGCP-VSO, particularly after resynchronization of the isolated part of the grid for twenty-four (24) consecutive hours.  

The Island of Bohol was excluded when the operations of WESM in the Visayas Grid resumed last 17 January 2022 pending completion of the Maasin – Ubay Line.  Through the NGCP’s Emergency Restoration System, the 138 KV Maasin – Ubay Line, which serves as a link for the transmission of power from Leyte to Bohol, was re-energized.

“We have advised the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation-Market Operator (PEMC-MO) to effect the resumption through a Notice of Market Resumption.  The lifting of market suspension due to the completion of the Maasin – Ubay Line will enable the exportation of power to Bohol and will mean a more stable power for the electricity consumers in the area,” ERC Chair Devanadera concluded.


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