The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) recently lauded the successful Power Supply Agreements (PSA) signing for contracts to supply Meralco 1,200 MW and 500 MW of capacity effective December 26, 2019.
FPI Chairman Jesus L. Arranza praised the signing of the additional contract capacity, saying “FPI welcomes the news of this much-needed additional power, to meet the growing demand of our country. We welcome the entry of any and all generation companies interested in contributing to the grid, in order to create a more secure power supply situation for all industries, and ultimately, all consumers.”
The group expressed support for the Department of Energy (DOE) Circular requiring Distribution Utilities to procure power through Competitive Selection Process (CSP). The CSP was administered by the Third-Party Bids Awards Committee (TPBAC) that was constituted pursuant to the DOE Circular.
FPI stated, “The organization believes the correct and proper process was indeed prescribed by the DOE, and we thank the government for its hands-on approach with the CSP. As the entire process was personally witnessed by representatives from the DOE, industries can rest assured that the results are fair, transparent, and most importantly, beneficial to all customers and consumers of power.”
Arranza showed excitement regarding the impact that these new PSAs will bring to the cost of electricity, explaining that “today’s successful PSA signing will result in additional savings and, ultimately, least cost to consumers. We are confident that both the distribution utility and the power generators are committed to protecting the consumer, and we know the government fully backs these efforts as well. These two straight successful CSPs are testament to that.”
Arranza added, “The most important thing is that the consumers are benefitting. Industries can only hope that the remaining members of the sector will follow suit, as the CSP promises to deliver very positive benefits to the Filipino consumer. This is only the first step, but FPI’s vision for CSP is far more and more generation companies to join the process and participate in the bids.”
FPI highlighted the terms of the PSAs, emphasizing that “the generator companies will also be liable to pay a fine if they are unable to deliver power, which will be used to reduce the generation cost to the consumers. The group believes that these new contracts will mean more consistent power supply for all businesses, which will positively impact and benefit industry operations, lower costs, consequently leading to more empowered consumers.”
Reports show that because of these newly signed PSAs, consumers are projected to enjoy total savings of around PhP 13.86 billion per year, or rate reduction of PhP 0.41 per kWh.
Arranza concluded by saying, “FPI will gladly support the power industry as it remains committed to signing partnerships that can deliver competitive electricity for all industries and customers. We laud the DOE for issuing the CSP Circular and facilitating a fair and transparent bidding process to ensure least cost. We support and encourage the development of more greenfield power plants whether gas, renewable, coal and others to address future demand and avert a power supply shortage… FPI is looking forward to continuing its collaboration with the energy industry, government and other stakeholders to serve the country’s energy needs and bring the much-needed additional supply to address the thinning power situation.”