No more blackouts in MisOcc

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


OZAMIZ CITY — While most areas of Mindanao are still plunged in darkness, electricity supply in Misamis Occidental is stabilizing, thanks to a diesel-fired power generation capacity, although this comes at an expected additional cost of P1.90 per kilowatt-hour.

From seven-hour rotating brownouts every day, at least half of the province no longer experienced outages since Monday, May 19, a day after a 15.6-megawatt (MW) power plant in Panaon town started running.

Throughout Sunday, two one-hour outages were experienced here; one in the morning and another in the afternoon that turned out to be the last episode of brownout in the province.

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According to Jemilo Pelimer, general manager of Misamis Occidental 2 Electric Cooperative (MOELCI 2), the diesel-fired capacity of independent power producer King Energy was running 7 MW since Sunday.

All of its energy production since Sunday was absorbed by MOELCI 2, said Pelimer.

Pelimer added that full commissioning of the power generation capacity is targeted for Wednesday when King Energy’s commercial authority is also expected to be approved.

Per contract, King Energy is to supply 10 MW of power to MOELCI 2 and 3.6 MW to MOELCI 1. The remaining 2 MW is for the plant’s own consumption.

MOELCI 2 distributes power to five towns and two cities of Misamis Occidental.

At present, MOELCI 2 needs 20.9 MW of power but it is only getting 6 MW from the National Power Corporation (Napocor) and 3 MW from Therma Marine Inc. (TMI).

Rep. Henry Oaminal, who convened a local energy summit last month to draw up measures to alleviate the brownouts, said that he also got the commitment of a Bukidnon industrial company to nominate for MOELCI 2 some 4 MW of power it has contracted with producers.

Such capacity, according to Oaminal, is only freed up for MOELCI 2 to use in the evening, presumably when industrial activity is already reduced in that Bukidnon firm.

Oaminal credited Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla for helping MOELCI 2 and other industry players with acquiring provisional authorities related to make King Energy’s power production available for distribution in the province.

Pelimer said that MOELCI 2 intends to use King Energy’s capacity for eight hours every day, which translates to an increase of P1.90 per kilowatt-hour in the cost of retail electricity throughout its service area.

The figure is inclusive of 10 percent value-added tax (VAT), added Pelimer.

MOELCI 2 currently retails power at P7.50 per kilowatt-hour.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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