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ERC supports DOE’s clamor to reduce electricity rates

     The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) expressed its support to the recent pronouncement made by the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on his move to lower power rates. 

     “We will fully support any DOE initiative aimed at reducing electricity rates and will implement national government policies consistent with our mandate to set the rates and protect the interest of the consumers,” ERC Chairman and CEO Jose Vicente B. Salazar stated. 

     Chairman Salazar issued the said statement to assure the electric power industry, especially the electricity consumers, that the ERC is finding ways and means to guarantee that only just and reasonable costs gets into their electricity bill. 

     An opportunity for such is found in the petition filed by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to recover some PhP27.7 B of the National Power Corporation’s stranded debts portion of the Universal Charge for the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao grids for CY 2015.  The ERC is closely scrutinizing the same and will still have to undergo due process before it can finally render its decision on the case. 

     “The ERC is studying the case meticulously and with a lot of caution since the petition is for pass-on charges.  The case will have to be evaluated on the basis of reasonableness and affordability,” Chairman Salazar emphasized.


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