Officials of the three electric firms in Negros Occidental yesterday said that although there was no advisory from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, power outages may still occur on Christmas day
This is because of insufficient power supply, not only in the province, but also in other areas of the Visayas because of the lack of supply from Leyte, where transmission lines were toppled and geothermal power plants were damaged at the height of super typhoon Yolanda, Central Negros Electric Cooperative general Manager Sulpicio Lagarde said.
Lagarde said they were informed by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. that, out of their 525MW power supply, only 144 MW is online.
He said that, even if the power usage during the Holiday is less because most establishments are closed, the electricity supply is still not enough.
He said that, on a daily basis, CENECO needs 19 to 20 MW of power to supply its consumers.
Dan Pondevilla, general manager of the Victorias-Manapla-Cadiz Rural Electric Service said there is no scheduled load shedding but they already advised their consumers to prepare for possible blackouts.
Pondevilla said that, except for the cities of Cadiz and Sagay that were badly hit by the typhoon, they have already restored power to their service areas.
He said several areas of E.B. Magalona have had no power supply since yesterday because thieves took their 400-meter long primary line valued at P100,000.
Pondevilla added that, unless the lines have been found or replaced, power supply in these areas can not be restored.
Like Lagarde and Pondevilla, Cornelio Somodio , general manager of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, also said they can not promise a stable supply of power on Christmas day.
Somodio said they are waiting for an advisory from the NGCP if there will be power outages so they could inform their concessionaires right away.
NGCP Web site reported a systems peak demand of 1,100 MW in Visayas yesterday against a capacity of only 1,001MW.
Electric consumers are also advised to unplug all electrical appliances before leaving their homes to avoid fire incidents.*APN
ADRIAN NEMES III (Monday, December 23, 2013).
Power outages still likely on Christmas day: Ceneco. The Visayan Daily Star. Retrieved from http://www.visayandailystar.com/2013/December/23/topstory6.htm