GM Scores NGCP for Ceneco’s Inclusion in Rotating Brownout

The general manager of the local electric cooperative expressed dismay over the inclusion of Bacolod City and neighboring areas in the rotating brownout scheme, or what is technically called “manual load dropping“, imposed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

CENECO GM Jun Lagarde answering questions from the members of the Bacolod media group, during a June 30, 2010 sortie in Iloilo City.* (Arman Toga photo)

Sulpicio Lagarde, GM of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) told Negros Daily Bulletin yesterday that last Friday he was surprised when he was informed by NGCP that they had allocated only 3.9 megawatts to the power coop.

“If NGCP can arbitrarily decide on who goes out and who does not, what is now the relevance of us contracting to a specific plant? I can accept their reason if the plants where we have contracts are the ones not running,” Lagarde said.

CENECO has power contract agreements with Palm Concepcion in Iloilo, KEPCO-SALCON in Toledo City, Cebu, Energreen in Bago City, and the Palimpinon Geothermal Power Plant in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

“They are all running,” Lagarde said.

POWER COOP. CENECO President Roy Crodova, (right, front row), Negros Press Club president Boy Duran of DYEZ Akson Radyo Bacolod (left), Ceneco general manager Jun Lagarde (1st from left, second row), Ceneco director Dwight Carbon (center), and Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) editor Arman Toga, during a recent power sector sortie in Iloilo City. Like the Kabankalan-based NOCECO, CENECO is also looking for the best supplier of electricity in terms of cost and other factors. Ceneco needs about 50 megawatts for its coverage area in lieu of an expiring contract of the same demand.*

NGCP on Friday last week imposed a manual load dropping in all Visayas electric cooperatives, citing “supply deficiency caused by the outage of power plants located in Leyte.”

He said NGCP decided “on its own to divide the available power depending on the size of the distributors.”

“We have reserved power to cover our power supply needs in case there is a deficiency in the grid,” he pointed out.

We will demand a refund from them, he said,

He added that NGCP also told him that there was “market intervention last week.”

This means that Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) “can be shutdown or suspended and the systems operator takes over in this case NGCP,” Lagarde said.

“They should respect the sanctity of the contracts we signed with the other power plants,” he also said.* (Eugene Y. Adiong)



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