Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said the province of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are joining the opposition to the bid of KEPCO SPC Power Corp. to raise its power rates.
The provincial government will officially raise its opposition, the governor said.
Leonardia said he is counting on the Central Negros Electric Cooperative officials to delay, if not stop KSPC’s move, and will discuss the matter with its president Arnel Lapore.
Negros Island power cooperatives have also united in opposing the increase, and are calling on all sectors of the community to join them in their move, Lapore said.
Business groups and the Church in Negros Occidental are also opposing the KSPC move, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Frank Carbon, said.
KSPC is a coal-fired plant based in Cebu that provides power to Negros Island.
KSPC vice president Jong Woo Moon recently wrote to Lapore and the officials of the other power cooperatives in Negros Island that his firm has to raise its price to about 44 centavos per kwh.
Lapore said the current CENECO base rate for KSPC power is P4.25 per kWh with a landed cost of P5.70.
Lapore said that, aside from CENECO, also opposing the move are the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, V-M-C Rural Electric Service Cooperative and the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 1.
KSPC’s 25 centavos plus 44 centavos increase will push up CENECO power rates to about P10 per kWh that would also trigger a hike in water rates, Carbon said.*CPG