Meralco, QPPL and high priced solar-wind


In the ongoing woke lifestyle, demonizing fossil fuels and some huge organizations even though glorifying major authorities intervention are really widespread. The foyer towards fossil fuels (oil, coal, gasoline) is centered on a confused and irrational perception that fossil fuels, particularly coal, induce considerably less rain and more rain, a lot less floods and extra floods, fewer chilly and more chilly. The foyer against some large firms is pushed by envy and the socialist desire of pressured equality.

For a lot of many years now there have been sustained assaults versus coal energy in the place and the planet. Then, in current months, these attacks focused new and proposed 3,000+ MW coal electrical power contracts by Meralco, the major electrical energy distributor in the Philippines.

Final 7 days, it turned an even much more centered attack on Meralco by applying its Ability Invest in Agreement (PPA) with the coal plant Quezon Electricity Phils. Ltd. Co. (QPPL). The attacks came from the Bayan Muna (BM, which I occasionally call Bayaan Mo Na) Celebration-record in Congress.

Between the accusations they hauled versus Meralco-QPPL are: 1.) overcharging of P2.53/kwh or P4B from January to September 2020 2.) implying that the PPA is modern and not accredited by the Electrical power Regulatory Commission (ERC) and, 3.) that Meralco is self-working and having its electric power provide from the gencos it controls. QPPL operator Energy Producing General public Co. Ltd. (EGCO) of Thailand is a partner of Meralco in San Buenaventura Ability Ltd. Co. (SBPLC), a further coal plant.

I acquired interested in these accusations so I checked some quantities, significantly Meralco’s composite technology charge from its numerous electric power plant suppliers, employing the hottest information from the November 2020 billing then going backwards every single six months right until November 2017. Listed here is what I discovered.

A person, the QPPL share is only about 9{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} of Meralco’s overall electricity acquire. Two, though QPPL selling prices are typically better than the Wholesale Electricity Place Marketplace (WESM) costs and general generation cost, there are months and a long time exactly where QPPL’s rates are lessen, like in May 2018 and Might 2019. Three, irrespective of huge oil-coal tax hikes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Educate) law of 2017 that pushed upwards the value of oil-primarily based and coal crops, the technology cost has been declining in 2019 and 2020 (see Table 1).

Meralco’s major PPAs are the First Gen Ability Corp. (FGPC) Sta. Rita and San Lorenzo plants in Batangas. These two crops by yourself provide about 33{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} or a single 3rd of the total energy acquire by Meralco.

So the BM “study” is twisted to produce two false assertions.

One, that there is overcharging mainly because the PPA of QPPL-Meralco is a sweetheart deal — wrong. The PPA was accepted by the Vitality Regulatory Board (ERB), the precursor of ERC, way again in 1995 or even before the EPIRA (Electric powered Energy Market Reform Act) of 2001. No PPA or power provide settlement (PSA) by Meralco and all other non-public distribution utilities, earlier and current, can carry on with out general public hearings and ERC acceptance.

Two, that QPPL is an indirect affiliate of Meralco and there is self-working — wrong. QPPL is 100{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} owned by Thailand’s Energy Generating Public Co. Ltd.

The anti-coal, professional-renewable vitality foyer however denies that solar-wind is “viable” only for the reason that of big subsidies that are handed on to the people. Nations around the world with the maximum energy charges in the entire world — Germany and Denmark — as revealed in the Strom-Report 2020, also have the greatest focus of wind and photo voltaic technology (see Table 2).

Bulgaria does not believe in solar-wind mis-guarantees — its energy era mainly arrives from coal (in 2019, .21 Exajoules EJ or 58.3 TWH) and nuclear (16.6 TWH). And Bulgaria has the lowest priced electricity in Europe.

Throughout the BusinessWorld Economic Forum very last 7 days, attracting far more investments together with all those that are exiting China was among the the subject areas discussed. It was partly described by Countrywide Financial and Growth Authority Secretary Karl Chua and ADB’s Philippines State Representative Kelly Chook.

Vietnam thoroughly understands the value of higher electricity offer from inexpensive and reputable resources. When it arrives to ability generation, Vietnam (developing 57.9 TWH) overtook the Philippines in 2006, it overtook Malaysia in 2015 (manufacturing 157.9 TWH), and it overtook Thailand in 2017 (creating 191.6 TWH). And in 2019, Vietnam’s coal usage of 2.07 EJ was just about three occasions that of the Philippines’ .73 EJ.

A lot of self-styled greenie and socialist-leaning companies like BM are inconsistent in their anti-fossil gasoline foyer because they only demonize coal plants, but not fuel plants or even diesel plants. It appears to be that the recreation approach here is to kill only new huge coal plants so that gas crops — which will soon rely on imported LNG when Malampaya gasoline turns into depleted — will be supplied precedence in the PPAs and PSAs of distribution utilities.

Complementary to growing energy supply ability should really be transmission technique expansion. Electric power technology has been deregulated and demonopolized, power distribution also demonopolized by means of retail level of competition and open accessibility (RCOA) and numerous competing retail electric power suppliers (RES). Electricity transmission stays the only nationwide monopoly, the largest elephant in the home and the place the most significant inefficiencies are hiding.


Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr. is the president of Minimal Government Thinkers