‘Energreen Saved Bacolod from Power Outages’

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas Region at 4pm on July 6 damaged power lines and power plants that caused widespread power outages in the islands of Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, and Negros.

A week after, the islands of Leyte and Bohol were still without power and the electric cooperatives in the island of Negros were being asked to reduce their load by 40 megawatts.

The people of Central Negros covering the cities of Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, Bago, and Murcia have been spared however from the brownouts due to the timely approval by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of an 18.9mw peaking and reserve power plant located in the Bago City area that was designed specifically for this kind of incidents to assure continuous power supply in case of problems in the Visayan Grid.

The geothermal plants in Leyte are still not in operation and sections of the Leyte-Cebu-Negros high voltage lines are still being repaired.

The five electric cooperatives on the island of Negros are supposed to share a manual load dropping of a total of 40mw with the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) sharing about 19mw.

Grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) had disclosed that the Central Negros area had been spared from these brownouts because CENECO has an 18.9mw reserve power contract with Energreen’s Central Negros Power Reliability Inc (CENPRI) that is located within its franchise area, only 15 kilometers south of Bacolod City.

Bacolod has international call centers who have requested CENECO to spare them from power interruptions. The vibrant city also has five malls, hotels, schools, and hospitals that did not have to run their own emergency generators that cost P10.00 per kwh to operate.

CENECO’s current rate is only about 6.50 per kwh.

CENPRI and its mother company, Energreen Power Inter-Island for its part thanked the ERC and the NGCP for the timely approval of the permit to operate of the peaking and reserve plant last May.

We are privileged to have been able to step up as intended to assure continuous power to the businesses and communities in Central Negros area during these emergencies and grid problems, a Cenpri spokesman said.

The 18.9mw power plant was designed to provide power reliability in the area and to protect the consumers from spikes in power rates from the WESM spot market.*(Henry Sia, Grid Integration head, Energreen. *(CENPRI)