Electric Power Industry

10 power projects eyeing “national significance” title

TEN POWER PROJECTS ARE LOOKING TO BE DECLARED AS “PROJECT OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE” BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER (EO) 30.

Among the 10 projects include the Visayas-Mindanao Interconnection Project (VMIP), DOE undersecretary Jesus Posadas said in a report by BusinessMirror.

“These 10 must comply with the necessary requirements,” he said but no longer identified the other projects that applied for “of national significance.”

New power firm welcome

SPEAKER Pantaleon ‘Bebot’ Alvarez yesterday said Congress can entertain another electric distribution utility firm to replace Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) should its legislative franchise expire.

Alvarez said it is fully within the power, authority and discretion of Congress to look for another company that would continue the operations of Meralco, depending on the appreciation of the House committee on legislative franchise and its counterpart in the Senate.

Third party auctioneers required in CSPs for power supply deals – DOE

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) IS REQUIRING POWER DISTRIBUTORS TO CREATE A THIRD PARTY AUCTIONEER TO UNDERTAKE COMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS (CSP) IN SECURING POWER SUPPLY DEALS.

“We will issue an advisory to the DUs this week. They will now have to create a TBAC (Third Party Bids and Awards Committee), come out with a template of power procurement plan which states the requirement for bidding,” DOE assistant secretary Redentor Delola said.

Luzon Grid to get 600 megawatts more power this summer – DOE

AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF AROUND 600 MEGAWATTS (MW) WILL BE ADDED TO THE LUZON GRID THAT WILL ASSURE ENOUGH POWER SUPPLY FOR SUMMER, THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT SAID.

In a press briefing, DOE assistant secretary Redentor Delola said that two power plants, the 420 – MW Pagbilao 3 baseload plant in Quezon province, and the 150-MW Limay power plant in Bataan, are expected to go online.

“They’re connected now. They’re undergoing testing and commissioning,” he said.

DoE receives 10 bids for fast-track project status

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has received 10 applications from companies in the energy sector that want their projects to be classified “nationally significant” under Executive Order No. 30, the law that offers faster regulatory approval.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said among the projects is the proposed P52-billion transmission interconnection plan for Visayas and Mindanao, which last year secured provisional approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

“They have applied for EO 30,” he told reporters.

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