Friday, August 18, 2017

Semirara ventures into electricity retailing



By: Doris Dumlao-Abadilla - August 18, 2017

A unit of Consunji group-led Semirara Mining and Power Corp. is set to enter the retail electricity market, which is seen to offer ample opportunities despite tough competition.
Sem-Calaca RES Corp. (SCRC) is working on possible contracts after receiving its license to operate from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in November last year.
“We are not an early entrant but we’re optimistic about our prospects. The unserved market is sizable and we are well positioned to compete despite the stiff market situation,” said Semirara president and chief operating officer Victor Consunji.
A retail electricity supplier (RES) refers to any person or entity authorized to sell, broker, market or aggregate electricity to the “contestable” market which consists of a group of end-users who have an average peak demand of one megawatt (MW) for 12 months before the start of retail competition.
To develop its client base, SCRC has been aggressively pitching to customers qualified under current ERC regulations.
As of June, the Competitive Retail Electricity Market (CREM) said there were 1,377 contestable customers in Luzon and 184 in Visayas with total demand of about 3,830 megawatts (MW). About 713 contestable customers with total demand of about 1,780 MW are still getting their power requirements from their distribution utilities.
The ERC previously set for Feb. 26 this year the deadline for contestable customers with an average monthly peak demand of at least 1MW to source power from a licensed retail electricity supplier.

Consunji Group ventures into retail electricity



By Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 18, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Consunji Group is making its foray into retail electricity supply after obtaining a license last year.
In a recent briefing, DMCI Holdings chairman Isidro Consunji said SEM-Calaca RES Corp. is now looking for customers after receiving its license to operate.
SCRC is the retail electricity supplier (RES) arm of the Semirara Mining and Power Corp.
To develop its client base, SCRC has been aggressively marketing to contestable customers qualified under current regulations of the Energy Regulatory Commission.
As  RES, SCRC will source its power requirements from SMPC’s power generation assets - Sem-Calaca Power Corp. and Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp., which have a total combined capacity of 900 megawatts.

Solar Philippines challenges Citicore Power’s supply offer to Meralco



By Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 18, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Solar Philippines has challenged the offer of Citicore Power Inc. to supply up to 85-megawatt (MW) of power to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
Solar Philippines said it was the lone challenger for the competitive selection process (CSP) to supply 85 MW of solar power to Meralco.
Meralco has given price challengers until Aug. 14 to submit their financial proposals with bid security in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit amounting to P5 million.
Solar Philippines president Leandro Leviste said they made an offer lower than the P3.50 per kilowatt-hour (kwh) proposed by Citicore but declined to give details since the process is still ongoing.
“We have opted to sacrifice our returns to offer Meralco consumers the same price on 85 MW as we have offered for 5,000 MW. The exact rate will be made public next week, but what we can disclose is it should be the lowest true cost of generation in Philippine history,” he said.
In July, Solar Philippines submitted to the country’s electric utilities a plan to replace planned coal plants with 5,000 MW of solar-battery farms, at a rate to be disclosed at a later time.
“Previously, we couldn’t fault the power industry for not believing in solar, because the local market had not yet demonstrated that solar could be cheaper and more reliable than coal. Now, we hope this price will signal that solar-battery farms offer the least cost for the Philippines, such that even fossil fuel companies will convert to solar, to improve their returns through lower costs,” Leviste said.
Solar Philippines said vertical integration has enabled it to make solar cost-competitive. It has began manufacturing solar panels in Sto. Tomas, Batangas earlier this year with an initial capacity of 800 MW.
Earlier this month, the firm also announced it would soon begin exporting solar panels, under original equipment manufacturer contracts with suppliers from China for export to the US and Europe.
“We are in full support of President Duterte’s vision of our nation achieving first-world status in the coming years, and believe lower electricity prices and global leadership in solar and battery storage will cement the position of the Philippines as Asia’s next Tiger Economy,” Leviste said.
This is the second competitive bidding conducted by Meralco for solar supply contracts. Solar Philippines Tanauan Corp. and PowerSource First Bulacan Solar Inc. have offered 50 MW each at a price of P5.39 per kwh for 20 years, lower than the latest solar FIT rate of P8.69 per kwh.
Solar Philippines will supply 25 MW from its solar farms in Tanauan, Batangas and Naic, Cavite, which are targeted for completion in February and April 2017, respectively.