News Flash

August 29, 2015, Saturday
  • Reward money for the arrest of the killer of Philippine eagle ‘Pamana’ rises to P 600K. 6 minutes ago |
  • PAGASA monitors a low pressure area (LPA) 175 km. east of Borongan, Samar. 7 minutes ago |
  • Traffic slow moving from Ortigas Avenue until Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 7 minutes ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas & Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos hold meeting in Camp Crame to discuss the INC rally at EDSA. 29 minutes ago |
  • Mandaluyong city gov’t PIO Jimmy Isidro says a permit was issued for INC’s rally to ‘contain’ the protest at Crossing & ease traffic. 29 minutes ago |
  • Mandaluyong city government gives INC permission to hold their rally at EDSA-Shaw until Sunday. 30 minutes ago |
  • INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala expects the crowd at EDSA will surge on Sunday afternoon. about 1 hour ago |
  • EDSA-Shaw underpass open to motorists on Saturday morning although traffic along the southbound lane is slow. about 1 hour ago |
  • INC members plan to stay at EDSA until Monday although they need to secure permit to do this. about 1 hour ago |
  • Both northbound and southbound service roads of EDSA-Shaw Boulevard are impassable on Saturday morning due to INC’s rally. about 1 hour ago |
  • Classes at U.P. Manila’s College of Arts and Sciences cancelled on Friday afternoon due to INC rally along Padre Faura St. 18 hours ago |
  • Rains in the area of Padre Faura St. in Manila fail to dampen the spirit of INC members who are protesting at DOJ. 18 hours ago |
  • CBCP says government should not underestimate the message of ‘no remittance day.’ 18 hours ago |
  • Construction of LRT 2 Masinag Extension to begin on Sept. 26. 18 hours ago |
  • Body of a missing seaman found in Tagaytay. 18 hours ago |
  • Palace calls for sobriety as more INC members troop to Padre Faura in Manila to join vigil in front of DOJ. 18 hours ago |
  • PNP’s estimate of INC members gathered in front of DOJ in Padre Faura St. in Manila is 4,000. 18 hours ago |
  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. 20 hours ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. 20 hours ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. 20 hours ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. 20 hours ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. 20 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. 20 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. 20 hours ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. 20 hours ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. 20 hours ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. 20 hours ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. 20 hours ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. 20 hours ago |

Govt eyes power plants again

By Alena Mae S. Flores | Sep. 23, 2013 at 12:02am
The government wants to return as an energy producer to avert blackouts in the future by operating its own power plant in times of supply shortages, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said over the weekend.

Petilla said the Energy Department proposed new amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 to allow the government to produce electricity again to ensure energy security.

Petilla told reporters the government should prepare for any unexpected increase in power demand, which might overtake the supply of electricity in the future.

“What I’m saying is, during the time of shortage because there are plants that are being built but not in the years that we may want...So you may have a [supply] gap every now and then,” Petilla said.

He said the government should be prepared for such scenario and run its own power facility during times of electricity shortages.

“The government can run its power plant during times of curtailment or shortage. Even for six months, 1 to 2 hours a day during peak hours, we can run it. Once the other plants are available, we can stop running it. It can be an asset that we can build,” Petilla said.

Petilla conceded the proposed power plant “will be the most expensive power plant” owned by government, “because when there is excess power supply, it will not operate.”

Petilla said the construction of a new power plant or operating the existing unprivatized power assets would result in subsidies, which could run in billion pesos annually.

“Can you imagine for six months you have no power for one day?  How much will your losses be? It could be more than P1 billion. This is an energy security asset because the government does not have one now,” he said.

He said the power facility could be a diesel plant  because it can be shut down easily when not needed.

Petilla said the Epira law prevents the government from building or operating a power plant.

The law states that state-owned National Power Corp.  might generate and sell electricity only from the undisposed generating assets and independent power producer contracts of Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. Napocor should not incur any new obligations to purchase power through bilateral contracts with generation companies or other suppliers.

“Change the law to allow energy security asset. We are proposing it...There is a study on changes in the Epira being conducted by the ADB [Asian Development Bank],” Petilla said.

He said the ADB study was being reviewed and would be used to draft a bill for the Epira amendments.

“I told ADB by first quarter of next year that should be finished and ready for filing,” he said.

The government indefinitely put on hold the privatization of the 630-megawatt Malaya diesel plant. But Petilla said PSALM should comply with the privatization of the assets under the law.
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