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House gathers
power coops’ inputs

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad, House Committee on Energy chairperson, Saturday gathered inputs from the officials of power cooperatives from Negros and Panay on measures needed to bring down the price of electricity.

Abad was accompanied by Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares and National Electrification Administration administrator Edith Bueno at the meeting held at the Central Negros Electric Cooperative office in Bacolod City.

CENECO president Arnel Lapore said the coop officials informed Abad that they have to pay additional costs for transmission line congestion, which they blamed on the inefficiency of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

Why do the cooperatives and their consumers have to pay for the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ inefficiency? the coop officials asked.

The coop officials also asked that government provide the funds for line extensions to areas not energized yet, Lapore said.

He noted that, 28 percent has not been energized yet in the CENECO coverage area.

A common perception that the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 has not addressed the objective of providing the public with affordable power rates was also raised at the meeting, Lapore added.

Meanwhile, Lapore said Ceneco has discontinued it power contract with Panay Energy Development Corp, entered into during the term of former CENECO president Edward Gasambelo for 24 megawatts of Power.

Ceneco is now buying the 24 megawatts from Kepco in Cebu that sells its power at P1.30 less per kilowatt hour than PEDC, Lapore said.*CPG

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