THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has resolved to delay the processing of applications for approval of power supply agreements (PSAs) which have not secured the required Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
An ECC is required by the DENR for any project in the Philippines that poses a potential environmental risk or a significant impact to the environment, such as mining, agriculture projects, or construction.
“The ERC fully shares DENR’s concern to ensure the protection of the environment and is determined to help safeguard the people’s right to a balanced and healthful ecology in accordance with the Constitution,” ERC Chairman and CEO Jose Vicente B. Salazar said on Thursday.
ECC certifies that the proposed project or undertaking will not cause a significant negative impact on the environment. It contains specific measures and conditions that must be accomplished by the project proponent before and during the operation of the project.
The ERC’s move was in response to the request of the DENR for the former to suspend the process of approvals of any PSAs pending before the ERC in view of the ongoing re-evaluation of ECCs.
It also certifies that the proponent has complied with all the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) System and has committed to implement its approved Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
ERC has identified eight pending applications that are deficient or without ECCs from the following applicants: (1) Misamis Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Moresco II) and Astronergy; (2) Palawan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Paleco) and Delta P; (3) Cebu I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cebeco I) and Mariveles Power Generation Corporation (MPGC); (4) Tarlac I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Tarelco I) and MPGC; (5) Cebeco II and MPGC; (6) Aurora Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Aurelco) and MPGC; Pampanga II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Pelco II) and MPGC. Tarelco I and MPGC have two separate filings.
Meanwhile, the ERC also approved the petition of Clark Electric Distribution Corporation (CEDC) for its emergency capital expenditure project to relocate the Diamante Substation to the Roxas district and the replacement of the old 25 MVA 69 kV-13.8 kV power transformer with a higher capacity 50 MVA, 69 kV-13.8 kV transformer.