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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 17, 2017
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Ceneco to sue NGCP
for unused power bills

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative is planning to filea case before the court against the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for making it pay forpower supply it has not used.

Ceneco general manager SulpicioLagarde Jr. said yesterday they are filing the case to protect the consumers from having to pay for this unused power supply being borne by electric cooperatives, particularly Ceneco.

This came after theNGCPrequired all electric cooperatives in Negros Island to implement manual load dropping (MLD) or rationing of power, after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Visayas Region on July 6 damaging power lines and power plants that resulted in widespread power outages in the islands of Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, and Negros.

Lagarde said the NGCP issued a statement that the problem may be resolved on August 2.

So there are rotating brownouts being experienced right now since electric cooperatives in the Island of Negros are being requested to reduce their load by 40 megawatts, he said.

Other ECs implementing rationing of power or MLD arethe Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative,Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative I, and Noreco II.

Lagarde said that because of the implementation of MLD, electric cooperatives in NIR are suffering from power outages.

He said Ceneco has a total of 119 MW power contract with three power suppliers, but since NGCP had required them to manually load drop, so only 109 MW is being delivered to Cenecowhile 10MW goes elsewhere.

However, Lagarde said Ceneco will still be paying the power supplier for the 119 MW power supply. But how can we explain this to the consumers-members of Ceneco when they are not the ones benefiting from the 10 MW yet will be made to pay for it?" he asked.

Lagarde said electric cooperatives in Western Visayas, including Ceneco, are set to hold a coordination meeting with the Energy Regulatory Commission and De partment of Energy o n the issue of collection.

The ECs in Western Visayas are also planning to file a similar case against NGCP since they are the ones to shoulder or bear the payment for power being delivered elsewhere, Lagarde said.

They are establishing the facts and also where these volume of electricity go. They believe they are being deprived of this much power while their power suppliers are certifying that they have delivered this power to them, he said.*CGS



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