It was earlier pointed out that the failure of Malaya to dispatch its energy load at WESM may have resulted to the P62 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) generation charge, which eventually caused a P4.15 per kWh-increase in
In a text message,
"I submit that we have not violated the WESM rules because of our jurisdiction. The law does not intend or compel the impossible," he said.
According to him, Psalm explained to the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of Pemc some time in
Ledesma told the Pemc that the technical limitations of Malaya, including slow start-up time and low fuel replenishment rate, make it a sheer impossibility for Malaya's output to be always traded through the WESM bidding process.
"If Malaya's energy is traded commercially and runs at its full capacity of 650-megawatt, it can run continuously only for 28 days. It will then take around three months for Malaya to refuel and fully operate again, despite round-the-clock refueling while running," he said.
"During this three-month period, Malaya's compliance with its more important responsibility in ensuring energy security as an MRU [must-run unit] that can sustain a longer operation is put to risk as Malaya will not be ready, in the event it is needed to avoid brownouts or for grid voltage support given its proximity to Metro Manila," he further explained.
Psalm claimed that Pemc has not responded to its letter regarding Malaya until now.
Not only Psalm
During the continuation of the oral arguments on the Meralco power rate hike, Petilla also told the
However, Petilla indicated that it's not only Psalm that could have triggered the unprecedented power rate hike.
"Actually, it can be other players too. There is a gap between SO [system operator] supply and MO [market operator] supply. That gap less outage and ASPA [Ancilliary Services Procurement Agreement] is the volume not offered. We are trying to find out who they are and their reasons for offering their capacity," Petilla said in a text message.
"Any violation on RTD [real-time dispatch] and must offer affects market competition. However, if they have reasons behind the violation, then it can be justified. ERC [
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