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‘Open access will stem
hike in power rates’


Open access to power will help solve lack of supply and rising cost, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.

Negros Occidental is faced with an about 100-megawatt shortage of power in 2015, the Department of Energy has warned.

But Benitez, who was at the 14th Tinabu-ay Festival in Murcia yesterday, said the DOE has disclosed the move toward open access where one can source power from anywhere in the country.

Transmission lines through the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines must be in place and properly installed for us to access  power  from anywhere in the country, he pointed out.

“We should not really be alarmed because it should give us enough power to source from other parts of the country that has excess power,” he said, but added that “if we don’t have the infrastructure in place then it becomes a problem”.

The ideal power source should either be geothermal
because it is natural and cheap or hydro, he said.

But Benitez said he is okay to a coal-fired power plant.

Coal used to the cheapest form of power generation, but recent developments have made it expensive, he said.

“If I am not mistaken I think Indonesia, which is the major source of coal, has slapped 48 percent in tax or tariff,” he said, which has made its price more expensive.

He stressed the need for the country to work on increasing production of power to drive down prices. “If we have more supply than demand, the price will go down,” he said, citing the law of supply and demand.*CPG



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