More power supply coming soon for Zambo City — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 July 2015 10:58

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat said Friday that Zamboanga City will soon get additional power supply that will ease the blackouts following the approval by the Energy Regulatory Commision (ERC) of  Zamcelco’s request to draw power supply from Mapalad Power Corporation’s (MPC) Koronadal and Digos Power Stations.

In a press briefing, Lobregat showed reporters a letter from ERC Executive Director Atty. Francis Saturnino Juan giving the go-signal to Zamcelco to obtain 3to 4 megawatts from the two Mapalad plants even before the hearing of the cooperative’s request scheduled on August 6 will take place.

“Pending hearings and initial evaluation of your applications for approval of the power supply agreements (PSAs) with MPC, in the event that Zamcelco decides to draw power from MPC for the reasons stated in your letter, it should be cognizant of the Commission’s existing regulatory policy on the recovery of generation costs associated with unapproved bilateral supply contracts which is capped at the PSA or the rate already approved by the Commission for the same Generation Facility, whichever is lower,” Juan said in the letter.

Lobregat said more solutions to the blackout problem are coming soon like the installation of a generator by Mapalad in Zamcelco that will produce 16 megawatts and the arrival of a modular genset by the end of this month which will provide another 16 megawatts of power supply.

By December 12,  the solon said,  Zamcelco’s 50-megawatt contract with Western Mindanao Power Corporation, will take effect, making Zamcelco of excess power supply and eliminating the pestering power outages that has been crippling Zamboanga City’s economy.

Lobregat is behind all these initiatives in helping Zamcelco get and fasttrack the aquisition of power contracts with independent power producers (IPP).

“But in the end it is Zamcelco that must move to have excess supply to ensure continuous and uninterrupted power services to the consumers,” the congressman emphasized.

“Zamcelco must be aggressive in this endeavor,” Lobregat added. — RR