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Power firms ordered to issue new bills, conduct actual meter reading

May 22, 2020 - 4:37 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission says power distributors must charge customers based on meter readings and not on average consumption

ERC orders staggered payment scheme for electricity bills

Apr 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission encourages those who can pay to settle their bills on time to help power companies with their cash flow

P400-B uncollected power charges show 'dead end' in energy laws

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Lawmakers want to collect debts now, as government lawyers stand firm on proper procedures on compromise agreements

POWER CHARGES. Officials of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) arrive early to the House of Representatives hearing on March 11, 2020, on the P400 billion worth of uncollected power charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC orders review of Meralco finances to come up with lower power rates

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The High Court directs the Energy Regulatory Commission to review Meralco's unbundled rates 'for determination of a reasonable and fair valuation of the regulatory asset base that will provide electricity to consumers in the least cost manner'

It's final: SC orders bidding of power deals signed after June 2015

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:50 PM

'No further pleadings or motions will be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made immediately,' says the Supreme Court

POWER DEALS. The Supreme Court orders all power deals signed after June 30, 2015, to undergo a competitive selection process. Photo by Rappler

ERC, Meralco ordered to explain bill deposits to Supreme Court

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Makabayan bloc is asking the Supreme Court to nullify the practice of charging bill deposits to electric consumers

Supreme Court orders bidding of power company deals signed after June 2015

May 06, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) Distribution utilities like Meralco are now compelled to enter into a competitive selection process instead of their prior self-negotiated deals which advocates say could burden consumers for 20 years

POWER DEALS. The Supreme Court orders all power deals signed after June 30, 2015, to undergo a competitive selectiion process. Photo by Rappler

Court maintains ERC cannot regulate Wholesale Electricity Spot Market prices

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The ruling nullifies a number of orders made by the ERC in 2014 declaring wholesale electricity spot market prices void for being unreasonable or otherwise uncompetitive

Malacañang orders ERC to implement suspension of commissioners

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the Ombudsman's suspension of the commissioners is 'immediately executory'

CA says ERC can hear case vs Meralco, Aboitiz subsidiaries

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The Court of Appeals junks the petition filed by Meralco and two Aboitiz subsidiaries seeking to dismiss a complaint filed by the Energy Regulatory Commission's investigating unit

Ombudsman again suspends ERC commissioners

Jun 17, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Energy Regulatory Commission questions the basis for the suspension and seeks a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals

Higher electricity bills for Filipino consumers starting June

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The Energy Regulatory Commission approves a higher feed-in-tariff allowance (FIT-All) rate, which appears as a separate line item in electricity bills

POCKET BRUISING. Higher FIT-All rate is billed to all on-grid electricity consumers, appearing as a separate line item in electricity bills. Rappler file photo

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The group says the 'sweeping' temporary restraining order earlier issued by the Supreme Court 'has given monopolies like Meralco the advantage'

CA again stops suspension of 4 ERC commissioners

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:40 PM

The Court of Appeals issues a preliminary injunction after the temporary restraining order it initially issued already lapsed

Suspension of ERC officials will lead to ‘paralysis’ – Malacañang

Dec 22, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Following the Ombudsman's order to suspend all 4 energy regulatory commissioners, the Palace is studying how to 'prevent an operational shutdown' of the ERC

PARALYZED. Roque points out that the ERC decides as a collegial body. Malacanang file photo

Ombudsman suspends ERC commissioners for a year

Dec 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) The case against all 4 commissioners stems from the delayed implementation of a competitive bidding process that allegedly allowed Meralco to enter into sweetheart deals

Meralco unit asks ERC to approve power supply agreements soon

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Newly-appointed MGen chief Rogelio Singson says the agreements should be approved as soon as possible so the needed baseload power would not be delayed

Malacañang orders dismissal of ERC Chairman Salazar

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the President finds Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar guilty of misconduct

DISMISSED. The Office of the President orders for the dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar, an appointee of former president Benigno Aquino III, from office. File photo

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Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

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House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition

FULLHOUSE. Members of Congress and the Senate join together for a special session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

House budget debates: ERC only gets P1,000 for 2018

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:14 PM

It takes less than 2 minutes for the House majority and minority to agree on a P1 000 budget for the ERC for next year

ERC BUDGET. Zamboanga City 1st district Representative Celso Lobregat sponsors the 2018 budget during plenary deliberations for the proposed budget. Screenshot from the House of Representatives feed

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Malacañang asks ERC officials to explain 'extravagant' trips

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Office of the President asks 4 commissioners and a director to respond to allegations of serious dishonesty and grave misconduct

Palace suspends ERC chairman for 'insubordination'

Aug 03, 2017 - 12:50 PM

ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar is suspended for 4 months without pay for ignoring an appointment by Malacañang

Graft complaints filed vs energy officials for 'extravagant' travels

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The complaints alleges that P15 million used for travels abroad and locally were from a fund meant for monitoring the electricity market

PSALM seeks to impose additional universal charge on electricity users

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:55 PM

State run PSALM requests regulatory approval to pass on to consumers the National Power Corporation s P3 7 billion debt

UNIVERSAL CHARGE. PSALM has sought an approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to collect P0.0429 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for one year. Rappler file photo

Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

ERC urged to reject Meralco's 7 coal power plants

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Civil society groups say the approval of Meralco s power supply agreements would lead to 3 551 megawatts of coal entering the pipeline

Civil society groups march to the Energy Regulatory Commission office to protest Meralco's application for coal plants across the country. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

COA to ERC: Unethical for companies to pay for inspectors' travel, lodging

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Commission on Audit warns that the independence of inspectors may be impaired since power companies shoulder their travel and lodging costs

Palace suspends ERC chairman

May 03, 2017 - 9:02 PM

2ND UPDATE ERC chairman and CEO Jose Vicente Salazar is accused of serious dishonesty gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct

ON THE HOT SEAT. ERC chairperson and CEO Jose Vicente Salazar faces congressmen as the House probes the suicide of the late ERC director Francisco Villa Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC stops DOE, ERC from limiting major power consumers' supply choices

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The Supreme Court says there appears to be no basis for the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to require major power consumers to source their electricity only from certain suppliers

Meralco likely to hit target profit for 2016

Feb 21, 2017 - 5:45 PM

For 3 months starting March Meralco consumers may also experience a rate hike of P0 92 per kilowatt hour on a staggered basis

HIT THE GUIDANCE. 'Most likely, yes [we will hit the guidance]. Overall demand for bill volume is about slightly above 8% for the entire year,' Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

ERC commissioners: Chair Salazar tried to stop probe into Villa's suicide

Feb 07, 2017 - 2:54 PM

ERC Commissioner Josefina Patricia Asirit says that after the suicide of ex director Francisco Villa Jr it was difficult to trust colleagues in the commission

ON THE HOT SEAT. ERC chairperson and CEO Jose Vicente Salazar faces congressmen as the House probes the suicide of the late ERC director Francisco Villar Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte blasts 'milking cow' ERC for 'hundreds' of consultants

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Energy Regulatory Commission can be abolished and replaced with another body before the end of the year

NO 'MILKING COWS.' President Duterte says he has looked into the 'sordid record' of the ERC. Photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

Gatchalian calls for Senate probe into ERC mandate

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:20 PM

This comes as the Energy Regulatory Commission faces corruption allegations and a threat from President Rodrigo Duterte to have it abolished

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ERC chairman still won't resign despite Duterte's order

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:18 PM

ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar instead seeks a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte soon to get facts about the corruption allegations and clear his name

Duterte to abolish ERC if officials don't resign

Nov 24, 2016 - 6:00 AM

Kung ayaw ninyo madali lang yan we will abolish the office says Duterte after hearing ERC officials refused to heed his call for their resignation

CAMPAIGN VS CORRUPTION. President Duterte answers questions from the media on November 24, 2016 at the Davao International Airport. Photo by Manman Dejeto

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Nov 21, 2016 - 10:32 PM

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Lawmaker wants House to probe suicide of ERC director

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:14 PM

Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera Dy says the suicide of Director Francisco Villa Jr opened a can of worms on the web of corruption inside the Energy Regulatory Commission

'PROBE HIS DEATH.' ERC Director Francisco Villa Jr commits suicide on November 9. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

ERC commissioners to Duterte: We won't resign

Nov 21, 2016 - 4:05 PM

ERC commissioners Alfredo Non Ina Asirit and Gloria Yap Taruc say they would rather cooperate with an impartial probe into corruption allegations hounding the regulatory body

Duterte demands resignation of ERC officials

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:56 AM

3rd UPDATE The Philippine President says he received reports of corruption in the ERC His order comes after the suicide of ERC Director Francisco Villa Jr

CRACKDOWN ON CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte orders all Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) officials to resign immediately due to reports of corruption during a press conference at Melia Hotel in Lima, Peru on November 20. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

May 2016 polls blamed for Luzon power blackouts

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Despite the recent blackouts in Luzon Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi assures the public there is no looming power crisis

2016 ELECTIONS. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the May 2016 polls is the main reason for the simultaneous shutdown of power plants causing blackouts in Luzon. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

ERC to Meralco: Don't block retail competition and open access

Jun 03, 2016 - 8:13 PM

ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar says he finds no strong reason for Meralco to block a mechanism which would be good for the retail customer base in its present service area

ENERGY REFORMS. An open access regime allows electricity end-users with an average monthly peak demand of one megawatt to choose their electricity service supplier.

ERC approves NGCP's Visayas-Mindanao grid link study

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:00 PM

There is a need for the Visayas and Mindanao grids to immediately share power reserves says the NGCP

ERC: Probe vs Meralco, gencos over 2013 rate hike a 'priority'

Feb 14, 2016 - 11:19 PM

The commission says a decision would hopefully be coming this year

P32/kWh price ceiling on power trade permanent – WESM

Jan 10, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The tripartite committee also sets another permanent price cap to further protect consumers from steep WESM prices when supply is tight

File photo by Rappler