*install MOREPower which may deploy its personnel to man and oversee the substations toexercise its possession and control of the distribution facilities, but theoperation should still be handled by PECO personnel who has the technicalexpertise “Since there arepresent suppliers of electricity, we instructed MORE Power to continue withthat arrangement until such time the DOE has issued the Certificate ofExemption, and until such time MORE Power has gone through the competitiveselection process so that the people of Iloilo can have the best price ever,”Devanadera added./PN Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Agnes Devanadera Devanadera alsostressed that ERC has the exclusive jurisdiction to determine which powerdistributor has the authority to operate. Any legal issueor court case does not dilute the sole authority granted to ERC by law,specifically the Electricity Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), she said. “MORE Power isnow in control of the entire distribution system. There is no choice at thispoint in time for MORE Power but to operate,” according to Devanadera. ILOILO City – TheEnergy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has already spoken on the matter of whichentity is the duly authorized power distributor in this city, according toChairperson Agnes Devanadera. EPIRA gave theCommission as a quasi-judicial entity the sole jurisdiction over the operationof electricity distribution utilities. The addendumprovided guidelines on how to go about enforcing the WPO. Among these were: Devanadera alsoclarified there is no violation even if MORE Power operates through aprovisional authority only pending the issuance of a Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) or Certificate of Exemption from theDepartment of Energy. Powerdistribution and operation of the power distribution utility are the exclusivedomains of ERC, she stressed. MORE Power has a25-year power distribution franchise in Iloilo City – Republic Act (RA) 11212signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 14, 2019. “This is anemergency. We have to issue the order to ensure that MORE Power is recognized.The primordial consideration is the continuance of electric service to thepeople of Iloilo City,” she explained. Devanadera,however, pointed out that RTC, Branch 23 is an expropriation court, thus itsjurisdiction is constrained to the expropriation case only. Therefore, shestressed, consumers must recognize the Commission’s decision – that MOREElectric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) is the sole power distributor in thecity. “MORE Power isrecognized as the only power distribution utility of Iloilo City. This shouldbe clear among parties,” Devanadera said over DyOK Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo to clearup the confusion brought about by the legal issues being raised by the previouspower distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO). * maintain thestatus quo of the operation so as to give time for MORE Power to orient / train/ immerse its personnel before it fully takes control of the operation PECO’s franchise,on the other hand, expired on Jan. 19, 2019. It failed to secure an extensionor a new one from Congress which cited the many complaints from consumers over,among others, erroneous billing, poor customer service and high rates. Last week, RTC,Branch 23 Presiding Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras issued an order to MOREPower and PECO to respect the Addendum to the Writ of Possession (WOP) that hercourt issued. With respect towhatever order the Iloilo Regional Trial Court, Branch 23 had issued, Devanaderasaid, ERC is standing by its March 5 order that MORE Power is the one thatshould supply electricity in Iloilo City. She also saideven if the law requires MORE Power to get a Certificate of Exemption from theDepartment of Energy (DOE) first so it could enter into supply agreements withpower generating companies, the EPIRA also allows power utilities to engage inemergency contracts with suppliers to ensure no disruption of electricityservice. “ERC is the bodythat has the exclusive authority on these matters – supply of electricity,rates. Since the ERC has spoken already, then consumers should also recognizethe order of ERC,” she stressed.
As the Trojans gear up to hit the road to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday night, they will be playing in a climate very different from that of their home base.The frigid temperatures in Boulder are a far cry from the sunny, warm days in Los Angeles, but interim head coach Clay Helton does not consider that an excuse for poor performance from his players.“We’ve always taken the approach of we don’t make excuses, whatever the factors are out there,” Helton said. “They pay us to find the answers, not make excuses.”The high in Boulder on Friday is projected to be 53 degrees, but temperatures are expected to fall below freezing by gametime. The plan, especially in the high altitude, is to substitute more frequently.“It should be a really nice night for football, especially with no precipitation,” Helton said. “With the altitude, you’ve always got to get used to it to go up there, but [Colorado’s] got to play in it, too. We’ve got plenty of depth right now that I think we can roll guys in. If it turns into a 100-play offensive game for them, we’re going to have to roll a lot of guys. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.”USC has played in near-freezing temperatures this season already when the team lost to Notre Dame, 41-31, in South Bend back on Oct. 17.Helton described redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler’s clever strategy to get acclimated to the weather, something that Matt Barkley also did during his time under center at USC.“They’ve got the bag of ice out there, freezing their hand up and throwing with their hand being cold all week,” Helton said. “That’s kind of a ritual around here.”USC is 4-0 all-time at Colorado and 9-0 overall. The last time the Trojans played in Boulder was in 2013, when Kessler completed 19-of-28 passes and threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns in 29-degree weather.“We really feel like we operated effectively the last time we were there,” Helton said. “We’re not going to use [the weather] as an excuse.”At practice on Wednesday, the Trojans focused on defending the red zone in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair.“We focused on our red zone, which is going to be critical against a very good offense,” Helton said. “The bend but don’t break defense and, offensively, scoring touchdowns instead of field goals.”On the injury front, redshirt senior running back Tre Madden will not play, sidelined with a bone bruise in his knee. Madden has been playing through an injury and saw limited action in USC’s win last week against Arizona. His absence will place a heavier load on USC’s other featured tailbacks, freshman Ronald Jones II and junior Justin Davis.“[Madden’s] knee right now is still hurting,” Helton said. “We decided we’re going to rest him this week and reevaluate next week. It may be a couple week thing. We’ll have to see. At this point in time, we want to get him 100 percent healthy.”Madden will travel with the team, however, with Helton hoping to utilize the senior as a leader and a mentor.“He’s too good of a leader,” Helton said. “He keeps me sane. There’s no way he won’t sit right beside me on the plane. He’ll be assistant head coach this week.”Redshirt senior defensive end Claude Pelon, who has a knee injury, and redshirt sophomore center Khaliel Rodgers, who has a shoulder injury, are expected to play. According to Helton, Pelon will be limited to 15-30 snaps on Friday.Helton also revealed that freshman linebacker John Houston Jr., an All-American last season for Junipero Serra High School, is undergoing rehab for a back injury that carried over from high school. Houston Jr., a four-star recruit, was the top-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN coming out of high school.
Galway knocked out Mayo of the Connacht Championship for the second year in a row, in Salthill yesterday.Kevin Walsh’s side held on for a 0-15 to 1-11 win, despite not scoring for the final 15 minutes.Kerry will play Cork in the Munster Football Final this year. Kerry defeated Clare 1-18 to 1-12, but played the second half with just 14 men after Donnchadh Walsh was sent off just before the break.In the Leinster Championship quarter-final, Offaly and Westmeath drew ten points apiece in Tullamore.