NGCP told to make sure PH power grid has enough reserves
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) to make an accounting of all its available ancillary services, or power reserves, for transparency and to ensure consumer protection.
“We asked for the accounting of the ancillary services, In the concession agreement, we should have a regulating contingency and dispatchable reserve,” Cusi said.
In its initial report to the DOE secretary, NGCP said it had firm and non-firm contracts of ancillary services, which are also part of the country’s existing generating capacity.
The costs for these contracts are being passed on to consumers through ancillary charges.
“We want to see how we can have a real reserve and all of these things have to be quantitatively computed, including the computation, cost, numbers and sources with a purpose of achieving a stable supply without increasing the cost,” Cusi said.