Consumers told: Expect increase in power bills

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Monday, April 28, 2014


POWER consumers in Mindanao can expect an increase in electricity bills next month, as the much expensive embedded generator sets are being tapped to ease the deficit in power supply, an official said.

Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) director of investment promotions and public affairs, who was a guest speaker during the 9th Mindanao Media Summit at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Saturday, said electric cooperatives will be forced to use their embedded generators like modular generator sets or diesel generators to augment the lack of supply in the Mindanao grid.

"Do not be surprised if you look at your electricity bills next month because it is going to go up by around the average of P400 to P600 more in your usual monthly consumption," he said.

Montenegro said electric cooperatives are forced to run their modular generators and embedded generators because of the expected power supply shortage this summer brought by the forced offlining of the 200 megawatt (MW) Steag coal-fired Power Plant after the "unforeseen" system wide outage on February 27, 2014 and the limited capacity of the Agus and Pulangi hydroelectric power plants due to low water levels.

He said consumers can expect an impact of as much as P11 to P12 kliowatt hour (kWH) in their electricity bills due to the use of modular generators and embedded generators.

Montenegro said the franchise area will less likely experience longer or rotational brownouts, the impact, however, will reflect on the electricity bills.

"This is one of the realities we should embrace in the power situation in Mindanao," he said.

Electric cooperatives that are under the Modular Generator Set program are: Misamis Oriental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Moresco 1), Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco), Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco), Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco), Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Moelci I), Lanao Del Norte Electric Cooperative (Laneco), Misamis Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Moresco II), and Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative.

Electric cooperatives who acquired modular gensets trough private facilitation are: South Cotabato Electric Cooperative 1 (Socoteco 1), Socoteco 2, and Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Dasureco).

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 29, 2014.

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