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Aug 23, 2017 @ 18:14

ERC asks SC to lift TRO on RCOA


Citing the impact on the power industry, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has filed a motion to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) imposed by the Supreme Court on Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA).

“They’re the ones who issued the TRO. It’s impacting on the industry and our hands are tied. We have to seek guidance from them on how to move forward,” ERC OIC Alfredo Non said.

The SC issued a TRO on the mandatory shift to RCOA last February. Contestable customers with at least one megawatt (MW) consumption was supposed to shift to RCOA on Feb. 26, 2017 and users with at least 750-kilowatts (kw) usage on June 26, 2017.

A provision under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), big power users called contestable customers are given the option to choose their own power suppliers.

The power regulator is also seeking clarification if it can lower the threshold to 750 kw on a voluntary basis and if it can issue retail electricity supplier (RES) licenses because it has a long list of pending RES applications.

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