The Power to Choose is Now Within Your Hands!
The power to choose has been provided to contestable customers in Republic Act No. 9136 otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA).
Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) allows contestable customers in the Luzon and Visayas grids to choose their supplier of electricity under agreed terms and rates. Such regime shall be on a phased-in implementation and thus, shall be effected gradually.
Under the RCOA scheme, contestable customers under the initial phase, or those with an average monthly peak demand of 1MW and above, shall be allowed to switch to their chosen Retail Electricity Supplier (RES) effective 26 June 2013 on a voluntary basis. The threshold level shall be continuously lowered until RCOA reaches the household level.
RCOA aims for a robust competition in the retail electricity market among stakeholders. At present, licenses to operate as RES are perpetually being evaluated and granted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). Certificates of Contestability are likewise being granted to qualifed contestable customers. Relevant rules and resolutions are persistently being prepared and promulgated to stay abreast in the creation of a vibrant competitive retail electricity market (CREM).