Beng urges ERC to help city cost effectively source power PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 August 2015 11:10

by sheIla covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to help the city cost effectively source power in view of the increasing demand in Zamboanga.

However, Mayor Climaco said, the fact that the city needs relief should not make certain parties use the power crisis for excessive financial gain.

The chief executive made this appeal, as she took part in the ERC hearing held at the Zamceclo compound in Putik last Thursday, August 6. Discussions in the hearing covered power sales agreements (PSA) entered into by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) and power suppliers.

The first PSA heard last August 6 was an agreement between Zamcelco and MAPALAD Power Corporation where the MPC will utilize available capacity, if any, of the Koronadala and Digos power stations to supply Zamcelco on a ‘non-firm” basis.

The second PSA intends to lease modular diesel-fired power generating units with a net output of 10MW

“We appeal to ERC to help the City cost effectively source power for our growing needs. The fact that we need relief should not make certain parties use the power crisis for excessive financial gain,” Mayor Climaco affirmed.

The mayor likewise emphasized that the ERC should intervene on behalf of the city government in the effort to scrutinize whatever contracts ZAMCELCO will enter into with any independent power providers or companies.

The cooperative has contracted MAPALAD to provide the city with additional power supply in a bid to reduce if not stop the rotational blackouts. Under the said power sales agreement, power rate is pegged at P28 per kilowatt-hour.

“We want the rate reduced but subject to terms and conditions that are transparent to us (consumers). Yes, the city’s consumers need electricity but we will never allow to be blinded by these contracts,” the chief executive declared. “We do not want a repeat of the SRPI contract that’s why we are here at ERC public hearing,” she added.

Climaco also emphasized that the city government will not allow private companies “to take advantage of our situation and of our need for electricity.” — Sheila Covarrubias