Mindanao power coops: WESM to jack up electricity rates | Inquirer News

Mindanao power coops: WESM to jack up electricity rates

/ 07:29 AM March 16, 2017
Electricity meters (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

Electricity meters (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. (Amreco) has reiterated its opposition to the proposed wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) and has vowed to protect its consumers from exorbitant power rates it could bring.

The WESM, which establishes the basic rules, requirements and procedures that govern the operation of the country’s electricity market, is expected to be implemented in Mindanao on June this year.


In a forum attended by its member cooperatives held here on Wednesday, Amreco president Sergio Dagooc said that WESM would be detrimental to Mindanao power consumers as it would establish a power ceiling cap of P32 per kilowatt hour.

The prevailing rate in Mindanao at present is lower than the ceiling cap that will be set by WESM.


In 2013, WESM introduced the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM) but was protested by consumers as electric bills shot up across the island.

According to Dagooc, Amreco and the power generators in Mindanao want to attain what the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) also wants to achieve, “but at less cost for the consumers.”

David Tauli, president of the Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers, called the PEMC proposal illegal.

“This is a market, people should be consulted. What the Department of Energy and PEMC did was take the rules in Luzon and bring it to Mindanao,” Tauli said.

“We in Mindanao will not allow that that would be the rules,” he added.

Dagooc said a technical working group composed of experts in the power industry, specifically on generation, transmission, distribution, systems operations, metering and settlement, would be formed to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the WESM and present them to Amreco.

He added that they would submit the mechanism and protocols for electricity market in Mindanao for the Energy Regulations Commission next week so that they could incorporate them in the provisions of WESM.


“The mechanism can be an alternative to the proposed WESM,” Dagooc said.

Adelmo Laput, president of the Amreco Power Supply Aggregation Group Corporation, said that the mechanism would serve as an alternative electricity market only and one of the options against the WESM.

Laput said the alternative electricity market would bid out power from generators based on the Energy Regulatory Commission-approved generation cost, and all other adjustments, but he added the rates would be lower than the proposed P32 cap stipulated in the WESM.

Dagooc said Amreco would protect their consumers from exorbitant electricity rates.

Amreco is a consortium of 33 member-cooperatives and accounts for 1,941,554 residential consumers in Mindanao. Twenty-seven of the members are hooked up with the island’s transmission grid while another six operate in the off-grid islands surrounding Mindanao.  SFM

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Adelmo Laput, Amreco, Amreco Power Supply Aggregation Group Corporation, Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc., Electricity, Electricity production and distribution, Electricity rates, electricity supply, Energy Regulatory Commission, Interim Mindanao Electricity Market, Mindanao, opposition to WESM, Philippine Electricity Market Corporation, power rates, Power supply, rural electricity cooperatives, rural power cooperatives, Sergio Dagooc, WESM, Wholesale Electricity Spot Market
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.