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Amidst the news of cases of impeachment being filed against President Aquino because of his acts in his Disbursement Acceleration Program and the destruction wrought by Typhoon Glenda, Department of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla announced that he recommended that the president seek emergency powers under Section 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). Secretary Petilla warned of an impending power crisis come summer of 2015 if this problem is not addressed.

It turns out that this threat of emergency powers stem from the inability of Petilla (and the government) to convince the Philippine Independent Power Producers Association (PIPPA) to plug in the 400-500 MW power deficit in 2015. Petilla met with the PIPPA last Tuesday and got no commitment from them on how to fill up the deficit.

Author: 
Dr. Giovanni Tapang

Of typhoons and the DAP

Of typhoons and the DAP
July 16, 2014 10:53 pm

The power went out shortly after I started writing this column early Wednesday morning. It is during these times that you appreciate battery packs and the foresight to charge electronic gadgets. It is also the time you discover the creaking and whistling that your house can produce as the winds of Typhoon Glenda blew through it like a musical instrument. At 4 in the morning, the rain outside and the glow of the monitor in one’s face can drive the imagination enough to scare oneself.

Author: 
Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Power over electric power

The House of Representatives leadership signified a few days ago its willingness to give President Aquino emergency power under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). The EPIRA allows government under section 71 to acquire additional energy capacity and enter into contracts during crisis situations. This will be done through a joint resolution of both the House and the Senate under the law.

Bayan Muna representative NeriColmenares questioned the basis of the Department of Energy (DOE) for saying that there will be a power supply shortage as he pointed out that “there is no hard evidence that there would indeed be a power crisis next year.” He feared that the billions for such emergency procurement for additional power generation would be sourced from the controversial Malampaya funds on top of possible pass-on costs to consumers.

Author: 
Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Manufactured crisis?

At the hearing of the House Committee on Energy Committee last Monday, Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Director Irma Exconde presented the updated Luzon Supply-Demand Outlook and revealed that the supposed shortage in power supply in 2015 is but a thinning of reserves in April instead of the scenario earlier painted by DOE Secretary Jericho Petilla.

The hearing was held to discuss the joint resolution granting President Aquino emergency powers to address the supposed looming power shortage in Luzon in 2015. The granting of emergency powers was being insisted on by Petilla shortly before the State of the Nation Address of the President this year.

Author: 
Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Power over electric power

The House of Representatives leadership signified a few days ago its willingness to give President Aquino emergency power under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). The EPIRA allows government under section 71 to acquire additional energy capacity and enter into contracts during crisis situations. This will be done through a joint resolution of both the House and the Senate under the law.
Bayan Muna representative NeriColmenares questioned the basis of the Department of Energy (DOE) for saying that there will be a power supply shortage as he pointed out that “there is no hard evidence that there would indeed be a power crisis next year.” He feared that the billions for such emergency procurement for additional power generation would be sourced from the controversial Malampaya funds on top of possible pass-on costs to consumers.

Author: 
Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Gabay sa Pagtatalakay ng EPIRA

Traffic!

For several days already during the past two weeks, the stretch of Katipunan beside UP becomes filled with cars, trucks and jeepneys as early as seven in the morning. From social media posts, the traffic seems to stretch up to the end of C5 and the same thing is happening to other major thoroughfares like EDSA.

No one was spared and the slow crawl was aggravated by the onset of the Habagat. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the city mayors blamed the orders of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that relaxed the rules on bus routes and removed the truck ban.

While this may be true for this particular traffic event, the finger pointing should not end with the LTFRB alone. It really is a problem of the whole metropolis and the country as a whole.

Author: 
Giovanni Tapang, PhD

Powerless

Last Holy Tuesday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said in an interview that, “power rates will go up in Mindanao because the choice is a higher power rate or no power.” He announced this as the country enters the summer season and the whole island already faced with rotating brownouts every day.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla presented a plan to tap diesel-powered generators to augment the supply in the island as the government waits for coal-fired power plants to be operational around 2015. The diesel-powered plants were seen to be the fastest way to plug the energy gap but at the cost of a higher price for consumers. The president added that around 300 megawatts of power will come on-line in around two years from coal power plants.

Author: 
Dr. Giovanni Tapang

Fast facts: Who owns Semirara?

Cai Ordinario
02/17/2013
Rappler

Semirara is owned by the 5th richest man in the Philippines, David Consunji. Based on the Forbes list of the 40 Richest Filipinos, Consunji's net worth reached $2.7 billion in 2012. Forbes said Consunji's net worth was borne from construction-related pursuits. Consunji and his 8 children operate DMCI Holdings Inc., the holding firm for all the business interests of the family.

DMCI Holdings was listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange on December 18, 1995 as a holding firm. David Consunji remains chairman of the board of the company, while his son, Isidro, is President.

Electricity rates to rise starting March – ERC

Amy R. Remo
February 19, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Power consumers should brace for higher electricity rates, starting March as the Energy Regulatory Commission allowed the state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. to collect over P53 billion worth of stranded contract costs.

This is equivalent to an increase of 19.38 centavos per kilowatt-hour, which will be collected under the universal charge for stranded contract costs (UC-SCC) component of one’s power bill.

Stranded contract costs are calculated every year as the difference between the contractual payment obligations and the revenue earned from the sale of the contracted energy for eligible, government-managed independent power producers (IPPs).

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