30th Status Report on EPIRA Implementation

30th Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) Implementation Status Report
(For the Report Period April 2017)

Prepared by the
Department of Energy

With Contributions from
Energy Regulatory Commission
Philippine Electricity Market Corporation
National Power Corporation
National Electrification Administration
Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation
National Transmission Corporation


The 30th Status Report on Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001 implementation covers the period November 2016 to April 2017 with development highlights as follows:

Conducted messaging workshops, focus group discussions (FGDs) and public consultations on the issuance of Department Circular for the official launching of Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao. This is to further hasten the preparedness of the Region for the commercial operation of the WESM through proper coordination with industry stakeholders and concerned government agencies;

Continuing effort to improve WESM processes and operations arising from recommendations on audits, evaluation and incorporation of relevant policies to include among others, renewable energy market, battery energy storage (BES) and participation of the embedded generation in the market;

Supply and demand monitoring to ensure supply security and reliability including continuing assistance for the development of generation, transmission and distribution projects. A  record of 14 percent increase in the installed generating capacity was attained in 2016 which equated to 2,658 MW of additional capacity using various technology;

An N-1 capability was attained in the Visayas area upon the realization of Visayas Substation Reliability Project I which will improve reliability in the grid; 

Promulgation of the regulatory issuance amending the implementation of 1MW mandatory contestability set forth under Revised Rules for Contestability and other relevant policies setting new timelines on the implementation of Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA);

Continuing privatization of the government’s remaining assets specifically 650 MW Malaya Thermal Power Plant, Sucat Thermal Power Plant (STPP) and other disposable assets of Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation; and

Continuing efforts to intensify rural electrification with the renewed targets after attainment of 90.7 percent household electrification level in December 2016 through various programs and projects.

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