Ceneco: No rate hike until end of the year

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) assured its consumers that there will be no increase in power rates at least until the end of the year

Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said Friday that this year, their consumers enjoyed a decrease in power rates seven times and an increase of only three times.

"That means we still have net reduction in our rates," Lagarde said.

Commenting on the move of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to increase its power rate by about P3 per kilowatt hour, Lagarde said the increase is due to the inability of Meralco to get power from Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) which is under maintenance due to the destruction brought by Typhoon Yolanda.

Due to the lack in power supply as a result of the devastation of Yolanda, the power cooperative official also appealed to Ceneco consumers to minimize the use of electricity.

"If not necessary, we should avoid using lights and other appliances to save power," Lagarde said.

He added that Ceneco employs the daily Manual Load Dropping, resulting to 30-minute scheduled brownouts, as the Leyte a Geothermal Power Plant which is one of the sources of its power supply is not yet fully restored.

Only about 19 percent of the 525-megawatt total capacity of the plant is restored at this time, based on a report from the Department of Energy, Lagarde said.

The Energy department targets to restore 80 percent of the power producer's capacity by December 24. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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