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LKI PRESS STATEMENT 2021-020
May 25, 2021
CONSUMER GROUP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND MURANG KURYENTE LAWS
Consumer Advocacy Group Laban Konsyumer Inc. (LKI) and its President Atty. Vic Dimagiba recently wrote to Senator Sherwin Ting Gatchalian Chair, Senate Energy Committee Congressman Juan Miguel M. Arroyo Chair, House Energy Committee on the Subject: Amendments to the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 or Republic Act 9513 and the Murang Kuryemte Act or Republic Act No. 11371.
LKI wrote “Dear Senator Gatchalian and Congressman Arroyo: This is a proposal from the Laban Konsyumer Inc. to the Honorable Senator Gatchalian and Congressman Arroyo for the filing of a Bill that shall implement the policy announcement of the Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi in the hearing of April 27,2021 on the removal of the Feed in Tariff or FIT that are paid to the renewable energy developers. The Congressional records will show that Secretary Cusi categorically affirmed in the JCEC hearing his announcement that they have stopped and removed the FIT that causes higher electricity rate to the consumers.”
Dimagiba said “To set in motion the policy statement into a law, our consumer group propose for Congress to amend the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 or Republic Act 9513 and the Murang Kuryente Act or Republic Act No. 11371.We refer to the repeal of Section 7 on Feed in Tariff System. 2. In addition , the Act needs to incorporate the Competitive Selection Process in the sale of electricity by the renewable energy developers and the procurement of electricity by Distribution Utilities which is currently embodied in a Department of Energy Circular DC 2018-02-0003 .”
LKI highlighted and concluded “3. For the consumers to feel immediately the impact of the removal of the FIT, we also propose that the Feed in Tariff Allowance or FIT ALL being paid by the consumers that increases every year be absorb under the Murang Kuryente Act or Republic Act No. 11371. This will require the amendment of Section 4 of the MKA. Lastly, we support the removal of the expiration date of the JCEC term of office as proposed.