DOE manipulating power figures to justify multi-billion peso contracts

Oct 22, 2014 No Comments by

The consumer group People Opposed to unWarranted Electricity Rates (POWER) believes that officials of the Department of Energy are manipulating the agency’s 2015 supply-demand outlook for Luzon to suit the doomsday scenario of energy secretary Jericho Petilla and justify P6-10 billion worth of juicy power supply contracts that they want exempted from regular bidding procedures through emergency powers.
By coming up with a factor called “Estimated Forced Outage” and automatically reducing this from the Luzon grid’s available capacity, the DOE has artificially and arbitrarily reduced the power supply for the 2015 summer months by 631-858 MW, making it appear that there will be 14 weeks from March to July when the available capacity is less than the required contingency reserve of 647 MW and two weeks in April that net reserves will be negative by 21 and 31 MW. (see attached table from DOE).

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Doe should be put under oath to stop them from lying

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares reacted strongly against the statement of the Department of Energy (DOE) saying once again that there is a 700MW power deficit in 2015 and that emergency powers is still needed. The DOE issued this statement after they said yesterday at the Congress Energy Committee hearing that there is no problem […]

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Brain power, not emergency powers, needed to address thin reserves

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

Consumer group People Opposed to unwarranted Electricity Rates (POWER) today emphasized that granting Pres. Aquino emergency powers to address the projected thinning of power reserves during the summer months of 2015 has become unnecessary. At yesterday’s hearing of the House Committee on Energy, the Department of Energy admitted that the much-hyped power shortage was actually […]

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POWER welcomes Committee on Energy decision to drop emergency powers for PNoy

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

The People Opposed to unWarranted Electricity Rates (POWER) welcomes the decision of the House Committee on Energy to drop the proposal granting the President emergency powers to enter into negotiated contracts to rent or buy generating sets to address a projected power shortfall next year. The decision was reached in today’s hearing at the House […]

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Emergency powers an expensive short cut based on incomplete and questionable data

Oct 17, 2014 No Comments

Consumer’s group People Opposed to unWarranted Electricity Rates (POWER) reiterates its objection to granting Pres. Aquino emergency powers to address a projected power shortfall in 2015, saying the Energy Department has failed to provide policymakers and the public with verifiable information on the supposed shortage. The problem with Malacañang’s proposal to allow the President to […]

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