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April 24, 2019


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Hosted by Marichu Villanueva, Columnist & Editor of the Philippine Star
Cafe Adriatico, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila
April 24, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian

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  • Sec Gatchalian: Kulang tayo sa reserba. Bakit tayo nagkulang sa reserba? Bakit yung reserba, unlike yung demand, hindi lumalaki. There are 600mega watts na dapat pumasok [plants]. There was no penalty in place, kaya pag nadelay, bahala tayong lahat. So we have plants that promised supply, nasisira ang forecasting ng government kapat nagkaka delay sa implementation.
  • Supply of power is affected is also due to red-tape.
  • Sec Gatchalian: Unplanned maintenance also has no penalty for plant operators.
  • Permit processing is slow for new plants or energy resources.
  • Energy virtual one-stop-shop (EVOS) law: from 2-3 years, processing for permit is reduced to one year. This was signed March 2019. Within 6 months there should be an IRR.
  • In our analysis, there’s a danger of getting brownouts from now to June. But not during elections. During elections there’s no office or school. Since it is a holiday, energy consumption is lower. Electricity is assured.
  • Renewable energy: Feed-in tariff is supposed to subsidize the renewable energy.
  • Despite the el niño phenomenon, our hydro power plants still functioned 100%. The brownouts were caused by old power plants due to wear and tear.
  • Murang Kuryente Act: On third reading. A bill authorizing the use of the 207-billion Malampaya Fund to pay off the stranded contract costs and stranded debt of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).
  • Retail Competition And Open Access (RCOA): Consumer can chose the power provider. Household level retail competition. Powerplants can go straight to the consumer to answer the demand. Right now meralco buys the electricity and sells it to the consumer. With rcoa, the retailers will go to the customers directly.
  • Aboitiz is going to build the first offshore solar farms in the country. Floating farms are “technically more efficient” since no agricultural forest lands are wasted.
  • Aside from the feed-in tariff which is supposed to support renewable energy, what is the government doing to encourage the shift from coal power to renewable energy? Solar and hydro power – we are doing it already. Sa renewable energy law there are incentives and we are implementing them already. We are waiting for solar and wind to lower the prices.
  • Is he supporting the solar para sa bayan franchise of loren? We introduced a lot of amendments. Hindi lang solar para sa bayan dapat ang makapasok. Dapat ibang proponents maaring makapasok for competition [island municipalities na walang kuryente].
  • The loan contracts, even the ODA contracts are public contracts. We have a right to have access and read these contracts. At the end of the day, we will pay these contracts through our taxes.

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