The emergency powers being asked by President Aquino passed the committee level of the House of Representatives and will now go to plenary for debate under second reading.
Aquino requested the emergency powers to address the looming energy crisis in 2015.
Nineteen members of the panel approved the resolution while one voted to deny it and there was one abstention.
According to House Joint Resolution 21, the bill was filed to authorize Aquino “to provide for the establishment of additional power generating capacity as mandated by Republic Act No. 9136, also known as the ‘Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA)’, to effectively address the projected shortage of the supply of electricity in the Luzon grid from 12 March to July 2015.”
According to the resolution, the maximum projected shortfall next year is at 1,001 megawatts (MW), of which 600 MW are needed as required dispatchable reserve, and 404 MW for required contingency reserves.
It also said that at least 15 weeks of yellow alert are projected during the critical period.
According to the resolution, “additional generating capacity shall be sourced from the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), fast tracking of committed projects, and plants for interconnection and rehabilitation.”