WESM

WESM Mindanao

Are you prepared for WESM Mindanao’s commercial operation?

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The Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP), operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), announced that it is preparing market participants for the official launch of the Mindanao WESM on January 26, 2023.

Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla signed the Department of Energy Circular 2022-12-0039 in December 2022, requiring Mindanao electric power industry participants and entities to register as WESM members.

As part of the preparations for the commercial launch of WESM Mindanao, IEMOP hosted a Focus Group Discussion(FGD) in collaboration with various energy industry agencies. IEMOP discusses the provisions of DOE Circular 2022-12-0039 and the activities leading up to WESM’s commercial operations in the region.

The commercial operation of WESM Mindanao and the MVIP [Mindanao Visayas Interconnection Project] is expected to improve the reliability of electric power supply not only in the Mindanao grid but also in the Luzon and Visayas grids,” according to the circular. It also stated that the commercial operation of the MVIP would require the commercial operations of WESM Mindanao to allow for the efficient transfer of electricity exchanges.

The circular also requires the market operator to facilitate WESM registration and authorize the disconnection of WESM participants and entities that are required to register but are unable to do so.

The critical roles of different agencies such as IEMOP, National Electrification Administration (NEA), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), and National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) were also discussed in the circular.

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Among the roles played by various agencies were:

The IEMOP should also ensure that WESM Mindanao participants comply with the registration requirements and take appropriate action to address noncompliance. They should also ensure that the WESM Mindanao transitions and operates smoothly.

The PEMC will monitor and evaluate the WESM Mindanao implementation and make recommendations to address any policy issues that may arise. It will also impose sanctions and penalties following the circular’s provisions.

The NEA will assist electric cooperatives (ECs) in completing their WESM registration and coordinate with relevant agencies to ensure that the ECs meet the financial and technical requirements for WESM registration.


So the real question is, Are you ready to transition with the WESM Mindanao commercial operations?

We understand that you are committed to ensuring that your company remains compliant with the WESM rules and market manuals, but we also know that it can be difficult to keep track of all of your obligations.

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Automate the collection of 5-minute WESM data,
– Comply with the NEW BIR Ruling,
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Generation of BCQ for CRSs upload,
– Smooth processing of CRSS Metering and Settlement data, and more! 

We will help you avoid sanctions and penalties by assisting you to ensure full compliance with all of your obligations under WESM Rules and Market Manuals.

Check out these links to help you get prepared for WESM Mindanao commercial operation

WESM Mindanao
WESM Operations
– WESM-Mindanao-FGD-Grid-Scheduled-Gens_QA-_clean.pdf (iemop.ph)

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New BIR Ruling

The New BIR Ruling; What’s in it for WESM participants?

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Wholesale Electricity Spot Market(WESM), managed and governed by Independent Market Operator (IEMOP) is an electricity market established by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the Republic Act (RA) No. 9136, otherwise known as the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001”, or EPIRA Law.

WESM aims to create a competitive, efficient, transparent, and dependable electricity market, which is a place where offers, demand, price bids, quantities, and other energy transactions take place.

According to the EPIRA Law, The cost of administering and operating the wholesale spot market shall be recovered by the market operator through a charge imposed to all market members: Provided, that such charge shall be filed with and approved by the ERC.”

The law requires the Market Operator (MO), in this case, IEMOP, to recoup its costs for administering and managing the market, based on the fact that the MO has no other source of funding to function other than the charges imposed on its members. In accordance with EPIRA Law and WESM Rules, the EIMOP, as the MO, may charge its members market costs such as Registration Fees, Metering Fees, Billing and Settlement Fees, Administration Fees, Costs reasonably incurred by the Board and Committees, and other working groups, and Other Service Fees.

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According to BIR RULING OT-323-2021, Page 11 No.5, “The Customer/Buyer shall be the withholding tax agent for energy sold and paid through the WESM, while both the Customer/Buyer and Generator/Seller Shall be the withholding tax agents for the Market Fees collected by IEMOP.” 

With that said, all the WESM participants – Generation companies, Distributors, Renewable Energy (RE) Developers, customers, system operators, network service providers, ancillary services providers, and metering services are now subject to BIR tax withheld from any transactions made within the WESM.

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