By Peter Wallace
Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has recommended emergency powers for President Aquino to give the country additional supply of electricity. In the face of a looming shortfall in 2015, Malacañang has asked Congress to grant Mr. Aquino the extra powers.
Since 2012, the government had been warned that a shortage of electricity was very likely by 2015. That was after the Supreme Court stopped private investors from putting up a 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant inside the Subic free port. President Aquino ignored the warning, but now he wants emergency powers to tackle a power crisis predicted inevitable in the summer of next year.
By Ramon R. del Rosario Jr.
We have all heard the news that Luzon will again face an energy crisis in 2015 even as the Visayas and Mindanao have been suffering rolling blackouts on a regular basis. The estimates are that we will have a shortage of 400 to 600 megawatts assuming that all existing power plants remain online—which is a best-case scenario.
By Juan Antonio R. Oposa
A solution to the looming power crisis is self-generation and distributed generation of energy through renewable sources. However, this solution is riddled with regulatory strangleholds that must be loosened to become viable.
The rotating power outages in the aftermath of Typhoon “Glenda” last month portends an unfavorable power situation in 2015, a crucial year even in the political arena given the presidential election in May 2016. Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla has warned that unless the government took bold steps in the energy sector, a shortage in power supply would extend the rotating outages to 2015.