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Visayas Region posts highest energy sales in 1st half

Iloilo City (5 November) -- The National Power Corporation (NPC) reported that the Visayas region posted the highest growth rate in energy sales at 6.35 percent during the first semester of the year.

"Energy sales improved across all grids, with the Visayas region reporting the highest growth rate", said the NPC's Sales and Services Group in a report.

The report showed that energy sales in the Visayas rose at 6.35 percent from 2,554.69 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in the first half of 2007 to 2,706.24 this year due to the robust demand from electric cooperatives and economic zones in the region.

Among the customers that contributed to the brisk sales in the Visayas were new customers Panay Electric Company and the PEZA-Mactan Economic Zone 1, which began drawing power from NPC only in June 2007 and April 2008, respectively.

Also, contributing to the higher sales in the region were the Visayas Electric Company, Inc., the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refinery Corporation and the Philippine Phosphate and Fertilizer Corporation.

"Energy sales in the Visayas exceeded the original forecast by 3.45 percent, mainly due to the higher-than-expected electricity demand and the improving investment climate in the region", the sales report added.

The NPC report also noted an improved sale in its Luzon and Mindanao grids and in the missionary electrification areas being serviced by its Small Power Utilities Group. The sales in these missionary electrification areas improved by 10.36 percent year-on-year, or from 250.18 GWh to 276.11 GWh.

For the first six months of the year, said NPC, its energy sale reached 18,888.34 GWh, 2.06 percent higher from 18,506.55 GWh in the same period last year.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has stressed in several occasions that electricity for all is included in her administration's top priority programs. (PIA) [top]

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