Power consumers may soon pay less in their bills if the five electric cooperatives in Negros Island Region support the aggregation of their power demands.
National Electrification Administration chief Edita Bueno, who inspected the sitio electrification project of Northern Negros Electric Cooperative in the cities of Sagay and Escalante, yesterday said that electric cooperatives may be able to get lower generation rates under the power aggregation scheme.
Bueno said many electric cooperatives have already gone on “power aggregation”, with member-consumers now paying lesser power rates.
NONECO general manager Danny Pondevilla said yesterday that NONECO has already signed a memorandum of agreement for power aggregation, with possible bidding of power supply taking place next month.
Pondevilla said the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2 have committed 100 percent to support power aggregation, while also hoping that Central Negros Electric Cooperative and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative will act on it soon.
The five electric cooperatives in Negros Island have an aggregate power demand of about 250 megawatts, with 60MW being contributed by CENECO, Pondevilla said.
Aggregation means pooling resources as an association to attain certain objectives such as bargaining with power generators and setting standard rates.
With the purchase of power to undergo a bidding process, Pondevilla said electric cooperatives, who are now negotiating as one with large generating companies, may be able to get lower rates for power.
Citing the experience of Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives, he said they were able to negotiate with power generating companies from P5 to P3.50 per kilowatt hour.
Pondevilla said this will be a big help to electric coop consumer-members.*GPB
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