Oro power firm: Blackouts to continue

THE Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) said rotational power outage will remain until the power supply becomes stable and additional supplies are available from other independent producers.

“Rotational blackouts would only end when the supply is stable or when we are able to get additional supply,” Ralph Paguio, Cepalco senior vice president, said.

Cepalco currently implements two and a half hour load shedding affecting its entire service areas since February 26.

Paguio said the rotational blackout is due to the worsening power supply shortage in Mindanao and reductions of hourly power allocations from Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp.

Paguio said the drought resulting to low water levels in hydro-power plants has aggravated the power crisis.

“The hourly power supply allocation depends on the availability of the Mindanao grid,” Paguio said.

Paguio said Cepalco needs 140-150 megawatts (MW) to supply its concessionaires.

The daily load shedding, he said, is a guide to determine which area will be interrupted.

Paguio, however, said Cepalco will not implement power interruption to a particular area when there is enough supply from independent power producer (IPPs).

Cepalco is also waiting for Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) approval of the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) with Minergy.

Paguio said under the PSA, Minergy would supply 10MW to Cepalco.

On Saturday, an 11-hour power interruption will be implemented by Cepalco due to the conduct of line maintenance work along Gusa highway.

The power outage will start from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., affecting the greater portion of Barangay Gusa including Barangay Indahag.

One hour and 30 minutes switching from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. would also affect greater portion of Barangay Lapasan including Agora area.

Cepalco said if line works are completed earlier than scheduled, they would restore the power immediately.

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