Department Circular

Department Circular No. DC2016-07-0012


Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act No. (RA) 10745 or the Amended Biofuels Act of 2006

Pursuant to Section 2 of RA 10745 or "An Act Allowing Natural Gas Power Generating Plants in the Country to Use Neat Diesel as an Alternative Fuel Exempting Them from the Requirements of Paragraph 5.3, Section 5 of RA 9367 or the " Biofuels Act of 2006," the Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the National Biofuels Board (NBB), concerned government agencies and stakeholders, hereby issues, adopts and promulgates the following implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

Section 1. Title, Purpose and Scope.

1.1 Title. This Department Circular shall be known as the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA No. 10745 or the Amended Biofuels Act of 2006.

1.2 Scope. It shall cover power generating plants in the country utilizing natural gas as its fuel.

1.3 Purpose. It provides for the exemption of natural gas power plans in utilizing the mandated biodiesel blend as provided under RA 9367.




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Department Circular no. DC 2016-06-0008


Adopting Further Amendments to the WESM Rules (Provisions for Market Intervention and Suspension)

 

WHEREAS, Sections 30 and 37(f) of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) provides that the Department of Energy (DOE), Jointly with the electric power industry  participants, shall establish the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and formulate the detailed rules governing the operations thereof;  




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Department Circular No. DC2016-06-0010


Declaring the Repeal of Department Issuances in Support of the Project Repeal of the National Competitiveness Council

 

WHEREAS, The Economic Development Cluster in its 11 March 2016 Meeting approved the National Competitiveness Council's (NCC) " Project Repeal: The Philippine Red Tape Challenge" which is an initiative to clean up regulation by repealing provisions or rules which are no longer necessary;

WHEREAS, the NCC set 13 June 2016 as Repeal Day in compliance with the initiative;

WHEREAS, the Department of Energy (DOE) supports the initiative and reviewed its existing issuances to determine which can be part of the repeal and achieve the objective of the program;

WHEREAS, the DOE is mandated to provide a mechanism for the integration, rationalization, and coordination of the various activities to carry out the energy policy of the State;

WHEREAS, Article IX-C, Section 2(4) of the 1987 Constitution empowers the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to deputize, with the concurrence of the President, law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government for the exclusive purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections;

 




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Department Circular No. DC2016-05-0007


Providing Policies for further improvements of the operations and metering installations of the Metering Services Providers (MSPs) in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and Retail Market

 

WHEREAS,Section 30 and 37(f) of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) provides that the Department of Energy (DOE) is mandated to, among others:

(a) Supervise the restructuring of the electric power industry;

(b) Ensure the reliability, quality and security of supply of electric power;

(c) Develop policies and procedures and, as appropriate, promote a system of energy development incentives to enable and encourage electric power industry participants to provide adequate capacity to meet demand including, among others, reserve requirements;

(d) Jointly with the electric power industry participants, shall establish the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and formulate the detailed rules governing the operations thereof; and

(e) Exercise such powers as may be necessary to attain the objectives of the EPIRA;

WHEREAS,on 28 June 2002, the DOE, with the endorsement of the electric power industry participants, promulgated the WESM Rules through Department Circular No. DC2002-06-003;




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Department Circular No. DC2016-05-0006


Implementing the Modified Philippine National Standards Specification for Biofuels - Coconut Methyl Ester (PNS/DOE QS 002:2015)

 

WHEREAS, Republic Act No. (RA) 7638 or the "Department of Energy (DOE) Act" tasks the DOE to formulate rules and regulations as may be necessary to guide the operations of both government and private entities involved in energy resource supply and distribution;

WHEREAS, RA 8749 or the "Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999" directs the DOE together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other stakeholders, to set specifications for all types of fuel and fuel-related products and improve fuel composition;

WHEREAS, RA 9367 or the "Biofuels Act of 2006" mandates the use of biofuels to reduce dependence on imported fuels with due regard to the protection of public health, the environment and natural ecosystems consistent with the country's sustainable economic growth that would expand opportunities for livelihood;




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Department Circular No. DC2016-04-0005


Declaring the Compliance of Importers, Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers of Electrical Appliances and Other Energy-Consuming Products with the Philippine Energy Standards and Labelling Program (PESLP) as a policy of the Government

 

WHEREAS, Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7638 or the "Department of Energy (DOE) Act of 1992" declares as a policy of State, among others, to ensure a continuous, adequate, and economic supply of energy through the judicious conservation, renewal and efficient utilization of energy;

WHEREAS,Section 2 (k) of RA 9136, otherwise known as Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) states that it is the declared policy of the State to encourage the efficient use of energy and other modalities of demand side management;

WHEREAS, Section 5 (g) of Republic Act No. 7638 mandates the DOE to formulate and implement programs, including a system of providing incentives and penalties, for the judicious and efficient use of energy in all energy-consuming sectors of the economy;

WHEREAS, the DOE in collaboration with other government agencies and industry associations implemented the mandatory energy labeling requirements and minimum energy performance standards in 1992 initially covering room air conditioners, in compliance with the Implementing Guidelines for the Standard for Energy Efficiency Ratio and Labeling of Room Air Conditioners PNS 396 Part 1:1995;




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Department Circular No. DC2016-04-0004


Providing Timelines for Compliance with the full implementation of Retail Competition and Open Access in the Philippine Electric Power Industry.

 

WHEREAS,Section 2 of Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the "Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA)" declared the Policy of the State among others the following:

(a) Ensure the quality, reliability, security and affordability of the supply of electric power;

(b) Ensure transparent and reasonable prices of electricity in a regime of free and fair competition and full public accountability to achieve greater operational and economic efficiency and enhance the competitiveness of Philippine products in the global market;

(c) To enhance the inflow of private capital and broaden the ownership base of the power generation, transmission and distribution sectors; and

(d) Protect the public interest as it is affected by the rates and services of electric utilities and other providers of electric power;

WHEREAS,upon compliance with the pre-conditions set forth under Section 31 of the EPIRA, the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) shall be mandated in the following manner:

(a) Initial implementation for electricity end-users with an average demand of one (1) megawatts (MW) and above, for the preceding twelve (12) months;

(b) Two (2) years after the initial implementation, reduce the threshold to 750 kilowatts (kW) electricity end-users where at this level, Aggregators shall be allowed to supply electricity to electricity end-users whose aggregated demand within a contiguous area is at least 750 kW; and

(c) Thereafter, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) shall evaluate the performance of the market, which outcome shall be the basis of the reduction of the threshold level until it reaches the household level;




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Department Circular No. DC2016-04-0003


Adapting Further Amendments to the WESM rules and market manuals (Provision for Technical Committee)

 

WHEREAS, Sections 30 and 37(f) of the Electric Power industry Reform Act (EPIRA) provides that the DOE, jointly with the electric power industry participants, shall establish the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and formulate the detailed rules governing the operations thereof;

WHEREAS, on 28 June 2002, the DOE, with the endorsement of the electric power industry participants, promulgated the WESM Rules through Department Circular No. DC2002-06-003;

WHEREAS, any changes, amendments, and modifications to the WESM Rules shall be undertaken in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 8 thereof;

WHEREAS, on 15 September 2015, the Rules Change Committee (RCC) received the Technical Committee''s proposed amendments to the WESM Rules and Technical Committee Market Manual;'




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Department Circular No. DC2015-11-0016


Adopting Further Amendments to the WESM Rules and Market Manuals
(Provisions for Over-riding Constraints, Disputes, Verification of Must-Run Units, and Settlement Formulation Between Must-Stop Units and Displaced Generators)

 

WHEREAS, Section 37 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) provides that the Department of Energy (DOE), jointly with the electric power industry participants, shall establish the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and formulate the detailed rules governing the operations thereof;

WHEREAS, on 28 June 2002, the DOE, upon the joint endorsement of the electric power industry participants, promulgated the WESM Rules through Department Circular No. DC2002-06-003;

WHEREAS, any changes, amendments, and modifications to the WESM Rules shall be undertaken in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 8 thereof;




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Department Circular No. DC2016-01-0002


Adopting Further Amendments to the WESM Rules (Provisions for the Must Dispatch and Priority Dispatch Generating Units)


 

WHEREAS, Sections 30 and 37(f) of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) provides that the Department of Energy (DOE), jointly with the electric power industry participants, shall establish the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and formulate the detailed rules governing the operations thereof;

WHEREAS, on 28 June 2002, the DOE, jointly with the electric power industry participants, promulgated the WESM Rules through Department Circular No. DC2002-06-0003;

WHEREAS, any changes, amendments, and modifications to the WESM Rules shall be undertaken in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 8 thereof;




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