No blackout in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA City, barring any technical glitches or line faults, will never experience blackouts, especially during the holidays due to excess power supply at much cheaper rates.

Engineer Michael Ramillano, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative’s (Zamcelco) chief of technical services division, said the entire Mindanao grid has a power surplus of 658 megawatts (MW).

Ramillano said the power outlook for the Mindanao grid as of December 18 was 2,076 MW, while the system’s peak was 1,419 MW, thus with gross reserve of 658 MW.

With the power surplus, Ramillano said Zamcelco is buying electricity from suppliers with the cheapest rates like San Miguel Corporation at P2 per kilowatt-hour, which will eventually result in cheaper rates to the consumers.

He said Zamcelco has a 450-MW contract with the Western Mindanao Power Corporation, but because of its higher rates, only 20 MW are downloaded to the system. (Sunnex)
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