By Roi Lomotan
The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) is urging its member-consumers to report incidents of pilferage to the electric cooperative.
NORECO-I Area Operations Manager Erlyn Zamora said pilferage and flying connections are contributors to systems loss which later on appear in the electric bills of member-consumers.
Zamora cited as an example an individual who illegally taps electricity and consumes 10,000 kilowatt hour, the amount of energy that person consumed will automatically be part of the electric cooperative’s systems loss which will be distributed to the member-consumers.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) allows electric cooperatives to distribute systems loss charges among the member-consumers as long as it is within the 13 percent systems loss rate limit.
Zamora said that once the systems loss rate exceeds the 13 percent limit, the electric cooperative shall subsidize the additional charges for systems loss rate.
The NORECO-I official reported in a Kapihan sa PIA forum here on Jan. 31 that the systems loss rate recorded last year was 12.72 percent.
“Kanang 12.72% kung naa kawat na kuryente diha na one percent, apil siya sa balayran ni consumer (If there is one percent of illegally consumed energy in the 12.72 percent, then it is automatically passed on to the consumer),” Zamora noted.
With this, Zamora emphasized that it is important that member-consumers report incidents of pilferage to them.
“We encourage everyone to report. You may reach us through our hotline number and we will keep the identity (of the informan) a secret,” Zamora told the attendees of the Kapihan.
Meanwhile, NORECO-I Institutional Services Manager Jonah Maxino disclosed that the Board of the Directors passed a policy which increases the incentive of individuals who would report incidents of pilferage from P500 to P1,000.
The incentive will be given to the informant once the reported incident of pilferage was confirmed and validated.
Zamora said once they recover the losses caused by illegal connections, they will deduct it from the over-all systems loss rate which would eventually reflect in the electric bill of member consumers.
Member-consumers are encouraged to contact the electric cooperative through their number 0917-314-1940.