Energreen Diesel Plant to Provide Assurance Power for May 9 Elections
The local subsidiary of Energreen Power Inter-Island is now available to provide up to 12.6mw of peaking and reserve power during the May 9 general elections.
ENERGREEN’s CENPRI power plant facilities in Bago City as of last year.*
In a letter to NGCP, Engr. Henry Sia, Manager for Dispatch and Grid Delivery of the Central Negros Power Reliability Inc (CENPRI) notified the systems operator that they will be available to provide immediate emergency power in case there are power shortages and problems in the Visayan Grid on the day before, during, and after the May 9 elections.
CENPRI, the project company owned by Energreen to operate the diesel plant that is located in Brgy. Calumanggan, Bago City, will put the plant and its personnel on high alert from May 8 to 10 in line with the government’s program to assure continues power supply to promote clean and transparent elections.
The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) that supplies power to the cities of Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, Bago City, Murcia, and Salvador Benedicto buys most of its power supply from Cebu, Leyte, and Panay Island that go through the inter-island transmission and submarine lines. Of its 125mw demand, 20mw is supplied from Dumaguete in Negros Oriental and the now the 12.6mw for peaking and reserve power from Bago City. In case of grid and congestion problems, CENECO will need to rely on power sources close to its distribution grid. The Cenpri plant is expected to complete its 18.9mw capacity by the end of June.
CENPRI has achieved regular commercial operations on April 26 and had been tendering delivery of power of an initial 4.2mw to CENECO. The additional 8.4mw of power is just waiting for the ERC permit to operate which is expected any day now. Nonetheless, it can run up to 12.6mw if needed for emergencies special on a day of national significance like this May 9 general elections.
There are approximately 250 megawatts of solar power in Negros Island but those normally provide power only between 11am to 5pm.
Engr. Sia said that the CENPRI plant can provide power within 15 minutes of notice of dispatch in case of emergencies and will be in ready standby during the critical hours of the elections on May 9. It is connected to the 69kv San Enrique Transmission Line of NGCP which traverses the power plant property of CENPRI.*