Senator Win Gatchalian wants to infuse new technology into the efforts to achieve 100-percent electrification in rural areas of the Philippines, especially in isolated islands and other remote areas.
The Senate Committee on Energy is studying the possibility of using the ₱204 billion Malampaya Fund to reduce the universal charge (UC) paid by end-consumers on their monthly electricity bills, which could result in household savings as high as ₱2,033.76 annually.
Senator Win Gatchalian lauded the signing into law of a measure which will strengthen resiliency among electric cooperatives by institutionalizing government support and financial assistance during times of disaster.
Senator Win Gatchalian welcomed the creation of an independent body that will operate the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) as mandated by EPIRA or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Republic Act No. 9136).
Senator Win Gatchalian is looking to craft comprehensive legislation to develop the local natural gas industry as the country braces for the impending end of the Malampaya Gas-to-Power Project.
Senator Win Gatchalian urged the government to prepare ahead in the event that crude prices will reach the USD $100 per barrel threshold in the global market.
Senator Win Gatchalian said the Philippines has a lot to learn from more advanced countries with respect to the development of nuclear technology as a national power resource.
In light of the upcoming expiration of the franchise of the Malampaya gas field in 2024, the Senate Committee on Energy is set to hold a hearing with the aim of establishing a stronger legal framework to develop and regulate the country's downstream natural gas sector.
Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Aklan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AKELCO) to invoke force majeure to avoid passing on extra power charges to its consumers during the impending six-month closure of Boracay Island.