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Petilla’s last order protects consumers

July 10, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) July 10, 2015   Former Energy Secretary Icot Petilla is one classy dude. He could have made a big deal about his last bombshell of an order that will protect power consumers from the big bad power generators, but he didn’t. He issued no press release […]

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Energy regulation, at last

June 5, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) June 5, 2015   It took a longer time than it should have, some one and a half years, to investigate what looks like an obvious case of anti-competitive behavior that led to record-high increases in power rates last December 2013. Could this be the dawning […]

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Oil prices going down?

November 7, 2014

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) November 7, 2014   If you have been watching the business news channels on cable you couldn’t have missed the excitement over softening international oil prices. The same message was reinforced by energy expert Daniel Yergin, whose well attended lecture at the Makati Shang last Tuesday […]

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It’s all about (power) reserves

November 6, 2014

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 6, 2014   There seems to be some misunderstanding of the power situation. Let me try to clear it up. First, and most fundamental: This possible power crisis would not have loomed if new power plants had been built as planned. They weren’t, and government […]

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Higher electricity rates set in January

November 3, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Electricity rates are expected to be higher by four centavos per kilowatt-hour by January next year with the implementation of the so-called feed-in-tariff allowance (FIT-ALL), a kind of incentive provisionally approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for renewable energy players. In an Oct. 7 order that was made public yesterday, the […]

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Be angry, be very, very angry

October 27, 2014

Introspective by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World) October 26, 2014   THERE ARE many reasons these days for taxpaying citizens and consumers to get angry. There are the high prices of rice and garlic (since fallen) that pushed up the inflation rate and prompted the Bangko Sentral to raise rates. The artificially high prices for […]

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FEF tells Aquino administration: No ‘quick fixes’ to resolve power shortage

October 10, 2014

The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) slammed the Aquino administration on on Wednesday for coming up with “quick fixes” to address the power shortage in the summer of next year, saying these are expensive and will only burden consumers for a long period. “We caution the government against quick fixes with lasting cost consequences that […]

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Big power gens seek higher secondary cap in spot market

October 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Big power generators are seeking a higher secondary price cap in the electricity spot market of at least P14 per kilowatt-hour for them to be able to provide additional capacity for the summer of 2015, the Foundation for Economic Freedom, an advocacy group that includes businessmen and former government officials, said yesterday. […]

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Petilla: In case of emergency only

August 6, 2014

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) August 6, 2014   It is better to have emergency powers to deal with a potential power shortage next year and not need it, than to need it and not have it. That, in gist, is how Energy Secretary Ikot Petilla explained why he publicly sought […]

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Did Petilla just abort economic takeoff?

July 28, 2014

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) July 28, 2014   If you listen to businessmen talking about expected power blackouts next year, you would start blaming Energy Secretary Ikot Petilla for aborting the economic takeoff. For many, Petilla need not emphasize the obvious but just quietly do what he must to alleviate […]

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