ERC execs’ suspension won’t affect power supply, service — Cusi

DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi. (PNA photo)

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Tuesday assured all stakeholders in the energy sector that the year-long suspension of four Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) commissioners will not cause any debilitating effect to the power supply and services in the Philippines.

“The law requires us to abide by the year-long suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman against the four ERC Commissioners. We have already requested for the designation of acting commissioners so that ERC can continue its functions,” said Cusi.

The four ERC commissioners were suspended last December 23, 2017.

Concerns that the suspension may cause further delays in power projects, which require approval from a collegial commission, have been raised.

“However, we will see to it that this will not have any significant impact in the short and medium term. The execution of the Power Development Plan covering the medium and long-term up to 2040 will continue unhindered,” said Cusi.

“The DOE has been pushing for reserve capacities for possible contingencies. This will ensure an uninterrupted supply at all times for power security and reliability,” he said. “Thus, we are certain that we can overcome this recent challenge to the energy sector.” p: wjg