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October 08, 2015, Thursday
  • A Filipino & 4 foreign crew members were on board the yatch ‘Europa’ when it went missing during the height of storm ‘Kabayan.’ 9 hours ago |
  • PCG suspects the missing yatch ‘Europa’ heading to Vigan last week may have sunk in the South China Sea. 9 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says his mother has always wanted him to be president since he was 3 years old. 9 hours ago |
  • Fmr. First Lady Imelda Marcos is dismayed that Sen. Marcos is eyeing the vice presidency. 9 hours ago |
  • DOJ forms a panel to investigate the INC leaders who had allegedly detained Ex-Min. Isaias Samson & his family. 9 hours ago |
  • GPH Peace Panel Head Miriam Coronel-Ferrer hopes Congress can tackle BBL before the APEC meeting in Nov. 9 hours ago |
  • MILF Chief Peace Negotiator Mohagher Iqbal urges Pres. Aquino to certify as urgent the measure on proposed BBL. 9 hours ago |
  • Duterte will reportedly announce on Saturday his decision on whether or not he will run for president. 9 hours ago |
  • Vice President Jejomar Binay to announce his running mate on Friday. 9 hours ago |
  • MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino resigns from his post. 9 hours ago |
  • Former Senator Joker Arroyo passes away at 88 in the United States. 15 hours ago |
  • Senate session hall can’t be used for Binay-related probe as it is being used for budget hearings. 15 hours ago |
  • 25th Senate hearing on allegations vs. Binay won’t push through on Thurs. allegedly due to lack of venue. 15 hours ago |
  • Gabriela party-list files a resolution seeking a House probe on alleged use of women as sex objects at LP event in Laguna. 15 hours ago |
  • Fatalities due to tropical storm ‘Kabayan’ rises to 4. 15 hours ago |
  • Postponement of Ex-Chief Justice Corona’s case at Court of Tax Appeals’ 2nd division is due to the TRO issued by CTA en banc. 16 hours ago |
  • Fmr. Chief Justice Renato Corona’s arraignment at Court of Tax Appeals postponed anew & reset to Dec. 9, 2015. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says a vice president should be able to work with any president even if they have conflicting views. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says he will announce his candidate for president on Saturday. 16 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao considers running as an independent senatorial candidate. 16 hours ago |
  • Over 250 dengue cases reported in Albay since January this year. 16 hours ago |
  • 10 of 14 victims in collision of 2 vans along Macapagal Blvd. taken to San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City. 16 hours ago |
  • 14 injured in a collision between an armored van & a ‘colorum’ Urvan van along Macapagal Blvd. in Paranaque City. 16 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to retire from boxing if he will win as senator. 17 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says sorry to LP, Roxas, Rep. Agarao, women’s groups & his own mother who was offended by the lewd dance number. 17 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says as the highest official present during the LP event, he failed to stop the indecent performance of the girl group on stage. 17 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks for understanding & apologizes to everyone he offended when he failed to stop the girl group’s lewd dance in Laguna. 17 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks LP to remove him from its senatorial line-up. 17 hours ago |
  • Violation of Magna Carta of Women & Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards filed vs. Tolentino at Ombudsman. 17 hours ago |
  • Labor groups sue MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino over a girl group’s lewd dance at LP event. 18 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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