ERC indecisiveness blamed for power woes

A group of consumer welfare advocates yesterday blasted the indecision of regulators and the courts on applications and cases related to new power plants as demand exceeded supply in the Luzon grid, causing rotational brownouts in some areas.   Parts of Bulacan, Cavite and northern Metro Manila suffered brownouts despite an assurance from the Department of Energy that there might be no need for rotational service interruptions.   In a statement, Laban Konsumer president Vic Dimagiba said petitions were pending in the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the courts, particularly for baseload power plants---generators that run round the clock---that would add capaci...

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