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Mindanao, first to be consulted on 2007-2016 TDP

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (29 September) -- Mindanao was the first to be consulted on the 2007-2016 Transmission Development Plan (TDP) of the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo).

According to Milfrance Capulong, corporate communication officer of TransCo-Sema said Section 9 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIA) of 2001 requires TransCo to conduct a thorough information dissemination and public discussion of planned power transmission projects prior to their integration into the Department of Energy's (DOE) Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) and Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

The Davao league, held September 27, 2007 at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City will be followed by the Visayas customers and stakeholders in Cebu City on October 2 and at TransCo's Office in Quezon City on October 8 for customers from Luzon.

The TPD is a program for expansion. It also includes reinforcement, upgrading and rehabilition of the transmission system that TransCo prepares for integration with the DOE's PEP and PDP.

TransCo prepares and revises a ten-year TPD annually that will reflect significant changes in the power industry landscape and priorities.

She said the TPD currently follows the demand projections and generation capacity set by the DOE.

The consultation tackles latest demand projection and generation capacity being adopted by TransCo as basis to identify future transmission constraints and expansions.

Among others, she said is reporting on the completed and ongoing projects and assess the measures for improvement of the transmission network.

About 285 companies from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao including independent producers, electric cooperatives, power distribution utilities, directly connected industries, local government units, business grouips and non-government organizations will be consulted for this year's formulation of the TPD. (PIA) [top]

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