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ERC Approves and Issues COCs and PAO

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), upon resumption of the conduct of its Regular Commission Meeting, approved and issued Certificates of Compliance (COCs) and Provisional Authorities to Operate (PAOs) to some Generation Companies (GenCos) on 13 February 2018.

COCs were issued to the Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Coal-Fired Power Plant (Unit 3) of Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) with 150 MW capacity located at Brgy. Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City and Silay Power Plant of Silay Solar Power, Inc. with 25 MW capacity located at Brgy. Rizal, Silay City, Negros Occidental.

Meanwhile, Provisional Authorities to Operate (PAOs) were issued to the following GenCos: 1) Palm Concepcion Power Corporation’s (PCPC) Concepcion Coal-Fired Power Plant (Unit 1) with 135 MW capacity located at Sitio Puntales, Barangay Nipa, Concepcion, Iloilo; 2) Nickel Asia Corporation’s (NAC) Surigao Diesel Power Plant with 10.944 MW capacity located at Quezon, Surigao City; 3) EDC Siklab Power Corporation’s Gaisano Balasan Solar Rooftop Project with 0.6144 MW located at Balasan, Iloilo and Gaisano Oton Solar Rooftop Project with 0.6144 MW located at Oton, Iloilo; 4) EDC Bago Power Corporation’s Bago Solar Rooftop Project with 1.0304 MW located at Gaisano Mall, Luna St., Brgy. Luna La Paz, Iloilo City; and 5) SMC Consolidated Power Corporation’s Limay Power Plant (Unit 2) with 150 MW capacity located at Brgy. Lanao, Limay, Bataan.  

COCs are issued by the ERC in favor of a person or entity to operate a power plant or other facilities used in generation of electricity pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) and Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the EPIRA.

On the other hand, pending the issuance of the COC, the PAO may be issued by the ERC to enable a Generation Company to operate its Generation Facility. The PAO shall be issued in the form of a notification to the GenCo and shall be valid for a period of six (6) months from issuance thereof. The six (6)-month validity period shall be included in the five (5) year-term of the COC that may be issued by the ERC for such Generation Facility/ies.

“It is imperative for a Generation Company to secure a COC or a PAO from the ERC prior to its commercial operation. The ERC recognizes the need for the immediate issuance of the COCs and PAOs to GenCOs in order to ensure a reliable and sustainable power supply especially that there is an upsurge in power demand during the summer months,” Chairperson Agnes VST Devanadera said.


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