IN ITS aim to address the issues being hurled against the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), Councilor Claudio Puentevella will be calling for a public hearing on Thursday this week.

Puentevella, chairman of the City Council Committee on Energy, said they had invited the management of Ceneco at the City Council session hall on Thursday morning, August 18, 2022.

He said among the issues they will be tackling is the power rates being imposed by Ceneco, which he claimed is higher than that of Iloilo.

Puentevella also said that they want to know the status of the refund for P238 million in over-recoveries as ordered by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) earlier this year.

ERC Chairperson Agnes VST Devanadera, in a statement, said the commission resolved to approve with modifications the respective applications of Ceneco, Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (Panelco I) and La Union Electric Company (Lueco) for the approval of the over/under recoveries based on the formula on the various Automatic Cost Adjustments and True Up Mechanisms and corresponding confirmation process.

They were directed to submit a monthly report showing the affected refund until the amount shall have been fully refunded.

"We want the public to know that we are on top of this," Puentevella told SunStar Bacolod, adding that the public hearing was an offshoot of the complaints received by his office from various groups and individuals.

Meanwhile, Puentevella said that Ceneco should also explain the massive power outages occurring in its service areas including Bacolod City.

Aside from the highly urbanized city of Bacolod, Ceneco is also the power provider of the cities of Silay and Talisay and the towns of Don Salvador Benedicto and Murcia.