DOE Ener.GIST (Collection of Energy News from National Newspapers)

House panels move to abolish ERC and replace it with BoE

Category: Electric Power Industry, Energy
Date Posted: Monday, 5 February 2018
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The House committees on government reorganization and energy initially discussed House Bill 5020 seeking the abolition of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and replacing it with the Board of Energy (BoE) as an attached unit of the Department of Energy (DoE).

During the hearing, ERC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Agnes Devanadera agreed with the view of Speaker Pantaleon... Read more

DOE: 2018 an opportunity to achieve reliable, stable energy for PH

Category: Energy
Date Posted: Monday, 5 February 2018
Total views: 148

“[THE] PHILIPPINES HAS MATURED INTO A MARKET-DRIVEN INDUSTRY.”

That’s how energy industry players, both local and abroad, described the current state of the Philippine energy sector at the 6th Power Southeast Asian Exhibition and Conference (PSEA) last week.

“2018 provides an opportunity for the energy sector to continue their push in pursuing and achieving our... Read more

DOE to hold power players accountable during forced outages

Category: Electric Power Industry, Energy
Date Posted: Monday, 5 February 2018
Total views: 116

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) is targeting to implement a causer’s pay policy by mid-2018 to hold power industry players accountable during power interruptions instead of letting consumers shoulder higher electricity costs.

The agency is drafting a circular to issue a causer’s pay policy program on charging incremental electricity cost to the generator... Read more

DoE draft rules allow foreign ownership for biomass projects

Category: Biomass Energy
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 245

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has solicited comment from the industry on a proposed circular that seeks to amend previous rules governing the transparent and competitive system of awarding renewable energy service contracts.

In the draft circular, the DoE has included biomass projects as one of two renewable energy technologies that may be owned by foreign corporations.

“In the... Read more

Trouble after trouble for PH power sector

Category: Electric Power Industry
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 160

2018 wasn’t trouble-free for the Philippine power sector, which — after a relatively run of the mill legal dispute over planned reforms — saw controversies right up to the end of the year.

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To begin with, there was a Supreme Court order temporarily halting enforcement of the retail competition and open access (RCOA) scheme. A provision of the Electric Power Industry... Read more

WESM operator mulls possibility of shifting to ‘for profit’ operations

Category: Electric Power Industry
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 128

PHILIPPINE Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), the governance arm of the country’s wholesale electricity spot market (WESM), is studying a proposal to allow market operations to become a “for-profit” entity to attract interest from the private sector.

Francis Saturnino C. Juan, PEMC spokesperson, said the company has not closed its doors to the possibility of an entity such as the... Read more

New energy chief seen giving priority to consumer protection

Category: Economy, Energy
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 185

Issuance of landmark policies, court restraining orders and change in leadership. These were the highlights that shaped the energy sector in 2017.

“It’s a bit challenging and, at the same time, we have to work more to ultimately give consumers what they deserve. We have laid down the policies meant to protect consumers, and we will continue to look for ways to keep it going... Read more

DOE: New excise tax not applicable to old fuel supplies

Category: Downstream Oil Industry, Energy
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 130

The new excise tax rates under the government’s new tax reform package will not be applicable to old supplies of petroleum products, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

In a consumer advisory on New Year’s Eve, DOE Assistant Secretary Leonido Pulido III said the new tax rates under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) would only apply to new supply... Read more

Renewable energy development not likely to push up power rates – Cusi

Category: Renewable Energy
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 199

MANILA, Philippines — Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the pursuit toward renewable energy (RE) development would not result in higher power rates.

He said the agency is implementing safety nets in the form of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policy.

“The RPS for on-grid rules outlined various safety nets to protect the electricity... Read more

YearEnder: The quest for lower power rates continues

Category: Energy
Date Posted: Friday, 2 February 2018
Total views: 121

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s quest to lower electricity rates has become more difficult to achieve with an impending tax imposition on coal, its major source of power, and the regulatory vacuum following the suspension of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) commissioners.

Even before these developments, the Philippines already has among the highest rates not only in Asia but also... Read more

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