Participants of WESM ordered to register: exec

THE Department of Energy (DOE) has urged those who want to join in the upcoming wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) in Mindanao to register as soon as possible.

Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella said in DOE’s advisory that the interim Mindanao dispatch protocol, whose registration of participants started on June 7, will apply on order of the department.

Data from the department showed that initial participants include 12 grid generation companies, 20 embedded generation companies, 28 electric cooperatives, four private distribution utilities and 19 directly-connected customers.

This is part of the agency’s preparations before the launch on June 26, when the market’s trial operations will start. “Commercial operations will be declared upon compliance of the criteria for commencement of full operations in accordance with Sec. 4 of the Department Circular,” Fuentebella said.

Sec. 4 of DOE’s Circular No. DC2017-05-0009 cited that the commercial operations will start when “all systems and procedures including all interfaces between and among the WESM participants necessary for the operation of the WESM in the Mindanao grid are in place and in conformity with the requirements set under the WESM Rules and Market Manuals.”

This will also commence once the trial operations has been successful; the forecasting, scheduling, dispatch, pricing, metering and settlement processes of the WESM are fully operational in the grid, trainings have been  conducted to participants and the new market management system has been certified compliant with the WESM rules.

Arturo Milan, trustee of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. and former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Davao Light and Power Co., said the commercial operation of the market is projected to start in September or October.

Milan said it is timely as the Mindanao grid is now experiencing an average surplus of 600 megawatts. “By next year, the surplus is expected to reach 1,200 to 1,500 megawatts of energy supply,” he said.

With WESM in Mindanao, Milan said it is also high time that the Mindanao grid be interconnected with other grids in the country as the other two island groups have been interconnected. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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