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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 22, 2014
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ERC to hear Ceneco,
Energreen agreement

The Energy Regulatory Commission has set the hearing on the application for the approval of the amended memorandum of agreement and its supplemental agreement between Central Negros Electric Cooperative and Energreen Power Development and Management Inc. at the CENECO main office at Gonzaga-Mabini streets, Bacolod City, 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The application docketed as ERC case no. 2014-123 was filed by CENECO with the Energy Regulatory Board Saturday, a press release from Energreen said.

The public is encouraged to attend the public consultation.

CENECO entered into a 15-year contract with Energreen to address power deficiency and improve power reliability in its franchise area.

Energreen will supply “peak and reserve” power supply from 2015 to 2029 to CENECO, whose distribution system has been suffering from power interruptions and supply shortage from the Negros Grid, which is part of the Cebu-Panay-Negros Visayan Grid.

CENECO general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. had earlier said that Energreen will build a 17 km 69k V transmission from Bago to its priority feeder in the Reclamation area and will turn over its facility, free of charge, to CENECO after 15 years, based on the contract.

The transmission lines will provide power supply to Shoe Mart and Ayala, the Cyber Center, and government hospitals, among others, he said.

Lagarde said they negotiated with Energreen in Dec. 2010 because PSALM will no longer renew its contract with CENECO after Dec. 25.

He said that with the ending on Dec. 25 of the contract with PSALM, which is currently used for peaking power supply, a vacuum may happen in the Visayas and CENECO has to secure its own peaking power.

Manny Canto, Energreen Corporate Communication Officer, said their Diesel Power Plant will be operated and maintained by Royce Power Engineering of Hong Kong.

The construction of its 18.9 MW power plant in a 2-hectare site in Brgy. Calumanggan, Bago City is ongoing and the target delivery date is December, he said.

Canto said Energreen was issued an Environmental Compliance Certificate in 2013.

Mila Arana, Energreen administrative manager, said the plant can provide permanent jobs to 60 people once it becomes operational and several local residents have availed of temporary employment due to the construction.*CGS

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