Rotating blackouts ‘due to power deficiency’

ALTHOUGH electric power supply has been totally restored in all coverage areas of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), consumers could still experience rotating blackouts due to supply deficiency of major power generators.

Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said power was restored on Monday in the remaining areas of barangays Sum-ag and Handumanan that experienced blackout due to Typhoon Yolanda.

Major power producer Unified Leyte is undergoing power supply deficiency that affects the distribution of electricity, he said.

The geothermal power plant produces 285 megawatts for the Visayas Grid so the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has to divide its available power to the entire Visayas Grid.

Ceneco sources 25 megawatts from Unified Leyte, Lagarde said.

Rotating blackouts could last from an hour to three hours in every feeder as available power will be distributed in rotation to all 38 feeders of Ceneco, he explained.

In northern Negros, lawyer Dan Pondevilla, general manager of Victorias-Manapla-Cadiz Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc. (Vresco), said they are doing their best to restore power in their coverage areas at the shortest possible time.

Vresco provides power supply to areas from E.B. Magalona town down to San Carlos City.

Pondevilla said San Carlos City is also provided power by the San Carlos Bio-Energy Inc.

He added that the NGCP has joined Vresco in the repair of the 69 KV poles in Silay City that power could be restored either last night or today in E.B. Magalona, Victorias City, and Manapla .

Power in Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante, Toboso and Calatrava could be restored either Wednesday or Thursday, he said.

Partial restoration of power supply in most parts of the coverage area could take place Monday next week.

Vresco placed the initial damage of Typhoon Yolanda to their primary and secondary poles at P15 million to P20 million that includes 236 primary and secondary poles, 83KV and 69 KV poles, and electric posts.
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