Negros Oriental geothermal power plant repair causes sporadic brownouts
By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
Dumaguete City (20 February) -- Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative-1 (NORECO 1) assured its consumers that power supply will be stabled after the completion of the maintenance works of Palinpinon 1 Geothermal Power Plant as most of the municipalities in the first district have experienced intermittent brownouts due to load shedding for the past few days.
Load shedding is the voluntary reduction of load requirement by the electric cooperative which execute a power interruption or power rotation scheme during peak hours on its feeders.
NORECO 1 Officer-in-Charge Edmund Nochefranca appealed its consumers during the Kapihan sa PIA forum held this week in La Libertad to reduce use of electricity especially during peak hours from 6 to 9 o'clock in the evening to help avoid load shedding.
NORECO 1 schedules cuts off power supply on certain lines or municipality for 2 to 3 hours every night. This is when the demand for power becomes greater than the supply, and is being done to avoid blackouts because a planned and controlled load rotation will allow the electricity system to remain stable, he said.
Later, in an interview with National Power Corporation (NPC) Acting Plant Manager here Richard Manzano said the power supply of Palinpinon 1 is now resumed last Sunday evening after it was shutdown for plant maintenance.
However, he explained that electricity will still be so low and deficient because one unit of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) at Malitbog, Leyte of 77 megawatt was under annual maintenance.
With its maintenance repair, Negros Oriental electric consumers will still be experiencing power interruption or low voltage. Malitbog Unit I project provides power to the National Power Corporation (NPC) for distribution to Negros Island via Cebu through the Leyte-Cebu transmission interconnection project.
Nochefranca of NORECO I lamented that Negros Island alone needs 217 megawatt as of last year against the capacity of 152 MW only generated from Palinpinon Geothermal as well as the electric consumers is also increasing but power supply is still the same against the demand of the power users.
The Palinpinon-1's power lines serves Negros Oriental and were extended to Guimaras and Panay islands through submarine cables installed by NPC. (PIA/jct) [top]