Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Marcos govt must reprimand NGCP for poor performance and grid outages

Wazzup Pilipinas!? is calling on the Marcos administration to reprimand and revisit the franchise of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for its repeated failure to secure reliable electricity for the public. Roland Vibal, National Coordinator of, said:

“The Congress must call for a public hearing and review the NGCP franchise before things get worse. The Department of Energy (DoE) must stop its kids-glove approach to NGCP and administratively reprimand it for its failure to fulfill its duties. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) needs to disallow NGCP’s petition for a transmission rate increase in its 4th regulatory period review as it fails to comply with its obligation 14 years after securing its franchise.

“The NGCP continues to remiss in its obligations and responsibilities to ensure a reliable and safe transmission backbone for the country. The unexpected red and yellow alert in Luzon last Monday is similar to the power outages in Panay a few weeks ago, and to the massive power blackout in Mindanao in 2015 has become a recurring problem that NGCP has miserably failed to address.

“Despite its billions in profit, NGCP has been slow in linking the three main island grids to ensure a stable electricity supply nor has fully upgraded all the transmission assets causing unexpected tripping’s and outages. Worse, is its continued failure to secure a stable firm based ancillary power reserves.

“The power outage we experienced in the sweltering heat of the country’s dry season is not an accident but a result of NGCP’s failure to fulfill its obligations as a private corporation responsible for operating, managing, and ensuring that the country’s grid provides reliable, sufficient, and safe electricity. Without a sufficient, reliable, sustainable, safe, and affordable electricity supply our road to economic growth and sustainable development will be at naught.”

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