Open access faces 6-month delay
Large power users need to wait for June 2013 before they can purchase their own electricity source

MANILA, Philippines – Large power users will have to wait until June 2013 to choose their source of electricity. 

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) executive director and spokesperson Francis Saturnino Juan said the 6-month period, which will begin in December 2012, will be the transition period for the full implementation of open access and retail competition (OARC).

Juan said implementing a transition period was suggested by key stakeholders to efficiently establish the retail segment of the competitive electric market.

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

The Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) provided for the introduction of open access. Its introduction will be gradual and start with end-users who have a 12-month average demand of at least one megawatt.  

The coverage will then be expanded after two years to customers with a 750-kilowatt individual or aggregated demand.

Partial implementation?

Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras earlier said the open access scheme might not be fully implemented by the deadline they have set.

He said there are models that are being studied to enable a partial implementation of open access and retail competition. Almendras added they are also reviewing its details again with the ERC.

“We are asking for the declarations that are needed, the rules, and we’re working on it. We haven’t got a report yet, and we still need to interact with the group to come back with another set of recommendations. The review is being rushed now and that the results would follow soon,” Almendras said. –

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