PEDC among power companies with fewest violations

By Lenie Lectura – February 13, 2019
from Business Mirror

PANAY Energy Development Corp. (PEDC), a subsidiary of Global Business Power (GBP), was cited by the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. as among the 10 power-generating companies with the least number of market-rule breaches.

The PEDC has a combined gross capacity of 314 megawatts and operates 11 power-generation facilities in Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan and Mindoro. It also has a 50-percent stake in Mindanao-based Alsons Thermal Energy Corp. Pursuant to Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) rules, each scheduled generator is required primarily to comply with the must-offer rule and real-time dispatch deviation. Any violation of the rules, meanwhile, would result into a breach, which could mean penalty fees.

“Through continuous compliance with WESM regulations, GBP helps encourage competition in the market, as well as promote the effective operation of transmission networks,” GBP President Jaime T. Azurin said. Meanwhile, GBP Commercial and Strategy Head Philip Dasalla, who received the award on behalf of the company, highlighted the need for market participants to continuously adhere to WESM rules and regulations.

“Following WESM rules ensures that efficiency gains are maximized, as price signals pressure businesses to reduce costs, align process and use their assets more effectively,” he said.

Since 2018, PEMC has served as a governance body under the regulatory oversight of the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission, tasked with monitoring compliance by market participants.

Meanwhile, WESM operation was turned over to the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc. in line with the thrust of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act for the market to be run by an independent market operator.