ERC: Net Metering Scheme attracts 7,583 local users

9 years after the introduction of the online metering system, the Power Regulatory Fee (ERC) introduced that it had enrolled 7,583 certified finish customers in this system by the tip of 2022.

“Because the implementation of the Internet Metering program in 2013, there are solely 7,583 certified finish customers beneath the Internet Metering program with 6,120 clients in Luzon, 1,168 in Visayas and 295 in Mindanao.

Whereas this system demonstrates potential financial savings in electrical energy payments and safety from invoice shocks, the precise knowledge exhibits the necessity for extra aggressive efforts to advertise and implement this system in lots of components of the nation,” the ERC mentioned on Tuesday. The web metering program allows a standard electrical energy client to turn out to be a “prosumer” by putting in a most of 100 kilowatt photo voltaic system. It’s the first non-tax incentive mechanism to be totally carried out beneath the Renewable Power (RE) Act 2008.

As a “prosumer”, customers can partially cowl their electrical energy wants themselves by producing electrical energy from renewable vitality methods. Extra electrical energy generated can then be offered to the distribution grid, giving the buyer a rebate on their electrical energy invoice. By putting in photo voltaic panels (PV) as much as 100kW, householders and industrial institutions can enroll in this system with their respective utility to earn financial savings whereas additionally offering a portion for his or her self-consumption.

With the federal government itself main the initiative, the ERC mentioned it was assured there can be a “important” enhance within the web metering programme. It mentioned it should proceed to encourage extra finish customers to enroll by working extra info campaigns.

For instance, the Fee on Audit (COA) was named Nationwide Company Champion for the Internet Metering program at a Certificates of Compliance as Certified Finish-Person (COC-QE) ceremony final January 16.

COA has achieved electrical energy financial savings of over 800,000 pesetas since switching to renewable vitality (RE).

“The COA, in partnership with the Philippine Nationwide Oil Co. (PNOC) Renewables Company, put in the roof panels in 2017 to assist the federal government’s renewable vitality efforts and make the most of different energy sources on the lowest value.

5 years after putting in the photo voltaic panels, we’re seeing the advantages within the financial savings achieved. From January to September 2022 alone we’ve achieved whole financial savings of greater than P800,000 for each buildings. We hope extra businesses will see the advantages and be inspired to comply with in our footsteps,” mentioned COA Chair Gamaliel A. Cordoba in the course of the awards ceremonies.

As a key authorities company that has registered for the online metering program, the COA’s initiatives align with the federal government’s purpose of selling renewable vitality. “Why ought to we expose ourselves to vulnerability to increased gas prices once we can generate electrical energy from our personal sources?

This was the resounding argument nearly 15 years in the past when the then Renewable Power Sources Act was mentioned in Congress. These arguments nonetheless ring true, and extra so. Internet metering empowers customers to turn out to be ‘prosumers’ by enabling customers to supply electrical energy for their very own use and promote their surplus to the grid, paving the way in which for grid democratization,” mentioned ERC Commissioner Catherine P Maceda.

Authorities businesses should not but obliged to introduce web metering. Given the constructive experiences of company officers such because the COA and different native authorities entities, the direct advantages of this program, in addition to safety from rising electrical energy costs, have been highlighted by ERC Chair Monalisa Dimalanta and Power Secretary Raphael Lotilla in a gathering with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. in November 2022.