ICSC praises efforts to stave off power interruptions during 2022 elections

2022-05-06T16:27:54+08:0006 May 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

QUEZON CITY, May 6, 2022 – The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), a climate and energy group, lauds the concerted efforts of the Department of Energy (DOE), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), power producers, Meralco and other utilities, large end-users, business groups, and the general public in [...]

Power outages still possible during, after May 9 elections

2022-05-12T11:44:22+08:0028 Apr 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Experts echo initial call to urgently eliminate “pasa load” in electric bills QUEZON CITY, 28 April 2022 – Rotating brownouts are still likely to happen during and after the national elections on May 9, according to the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), as forced shutdowns of baseload coal power plants continue [...]

Group warns anew of power outages during elections amid coal plant shutdowns

2022-05-12T12:25:02+08:0028 Apr 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Angelica Y. Yang | April 28, 2022| Published by Philstar.com | READ THE STORY HERE MANILA, Philippines — Manila-based policy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) stood by its power outlook for the 2022 elections, warning anew that power interruptions may take place during and after polls as baseload coal-fired power plants [...]

Profiting from outages

2022-03-28T16:37:43+08:0026 Mar 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Windfall earnings from spot market spikes go to a blessed few, while the public chafes under rising electric bills. by Atty. Pedro Maniego Jr. | March 26, 2022 | Published by BusinessMirror | READ THE STORY HERE POOR Filipinos. On top of their suffering from the pandemic, they have to cope with ever-increasing electricity prices. [...]

NGO says RE plants prone to fewer outages than coal-fired facilities

2021-10-19T23:10:11+08:0014 Oct 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Angelica Y. Yang | October 14, 2021 | Published by BusinessWorld | READ THE STORY HERE Non-government organization (NGO) Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said Thursday that renewable energy (RE) facilities are more reliable than coal-run plants, citing data on outages from the wholesale electricity spot market. In a virtual briefing, ICSC Energy [...]

ERC urged to disallow automatic pass-through fuel costs in power deals

2021-08-25T14:27:11+08:0023 Aug 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Angelica Yang | August 23, 2021 | Published by BusinessWorld | READ THE STORY HERE THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) needs to remove the pass-through fuel cost provisions in power purchase agreements (PPAs) to ensure the least cost for consumers, according to a UK-funded report on the Philippines’ energy transition. “It would be prudent [...]

Power scarcity during times of low demand

2021-05-17T18:00:25+08:0014 May 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

by Pedro Maniego Jr.  |  May 13 2021, BusinessMirror  | Read the article here Power demand during the lockdown last year declined by around 30 percent in Luzon and was estimated to fall by 5 percent for the entire 2020. With the imposition of another lockdown since last month, electricity demand for this quarter is [...]

Covid-19: Lessons for the Philippine power sector

2020-06-08T18:16:11+08:0008 Jun 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Published in Business Mirror, 08 June 2020 DOWNLOAD PDF By Sara Jane Ahmed, Alberto Dalusung III, Jose Logarta Jr., and Pete Maniego Jr. WHEN the novel coronavirus first appeared in China late last year, nobody expected that the new disease, officially dubbed Covid-19 by the World Health Organization in February 2020, would [...]

STATEMENT: SC decision portends lower rates for electricity ratepayers

2019-05-14T14:01:02+08:0010 May 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

10 May 2019 -- The cloud of uncertainty that hovered over stakeholders in the power sector was lifted by the Supreme Court (SC) decision on the competitive procurement of power supply by distribution utilities, mainly for residential ratepayers, last May 3. The aims and expected results of that decision are to be lauded. If the Department [...]

ERC promotes cheaper, more reliable energy through new draft rules: think tank

2019-04-11T16:29:30+08:0004 Apr 2019|Tags: , , , |

PRESS RELEASE MANILA, 3 April 2019 – An international policy group commended the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) today for promoting fair competition in pursuit of cheaper, more reliable power in the draft rules it recently issued covering power supply agreements (PSAs). “The ERC is right to protect the public from fluctuating fuel prices in its latest [...]