No power rate hikes for NORECO-I areas

By Roi Lomotan
GUIHULNGAN CITY, Negros Oriental, Feb. 5 (PIA) – The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative-I (NORECO-I) announced that there will be no power rate hikes for now.

NORECO-I general manager Jose Juvileo Acabal said that increase in power rate charges due to higher generation costs is unlikely to happen in their coverage areas because of the stable rate they have with three power suppliers.

The electric cooperative sources electricity from three power suppliers which are the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in Cebu, Energy Development Corp.- Greencore Geothermal Plant in Palinpinon, Valencia and the National Power Corporation-Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (NPC-PSALM).

NORECO-I Board President Engr. Anito Mercado gives an overview of concerns which the management of the electric cooperative will work on this year.
NORECO-I Board President Engr. Anito Mercado gives an overview of concerns which the management of the electric cooperative will work on this year.

Another power source for NORECO-I is the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) but Acabal said the electric cooperative gets only a minimal supply of energy from WESM.

However, Acabal noted a slight increase in power rate charges could not be avoided because the price of electricity in WESM is unstable but he assured all member-consumers that these are centavo-increase and not peso increase.

“I don’t think that there will be a huge increase, it won’t happen in NORECO-I,” Acabal said during a Kapihan Forum here yesterday.

The province of Negros Oriental has a power requirement if 11.5 Mega (MW) from power producers.

To get this, Engr. Elvin Denoyo, the Technical Services Manger of NORECO-I explained that for their part they contract 2.7 MW from Kepco, 2.0MW from Greencore, 1.0 MW from NPC-PSALM while the remaining balance is sourced from WESM.

Aside from this, Gen. Manager Acabal disclosed that preparations are now underway for the proposed 69KV line that would connect Guihulngan City, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City to San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.

The 69KV line aims to address the load end concerns of electricity in Guihulngan City and San Carlos City.

“In case there is no power in Bindoy, Guihulngan City can source power from San Carlos City. This is a big benefit in addressing power liability,” Acabal said.

Meanwhile, Engr. Denoyo also mentioned that 10 unergized sitios in Guihulngan City received electrification last year and these are Sitio Ilaya, Brgy. T-Beach, Sitio Cantinapi Latera, Brgy. Buenavista, Sitio Elihan, Brgy. Buenavista, Sitio Lulid and Sitio Lulukhan, Brgy. Bakid, Sitio Lamacan, Brgy. Zamora, Sitio Ubod and Sitio Kantayson, Brgy. Maniak, Sitio Polongon, Brgy. P. Zamora and Sitio Ajao, Brgy. Malusay.

On the other hand, NORECO-I calls on those that are interested in running for the electric cooperative’s Board of Directors for Guihulngan City and encouraged them to come to NORECO-I Office in Bindoy for screening.

Deadline for submission of certificate of candidacy is on March 5 while election date is on March 15. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)

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