Zamcelco admits having 15,000 defective meters Print
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:10

By BHONG SIMBAJON

The Zamboanga Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) has identified some 15,000 defective electric meters contributing to its systems loss problem.

Based on records, Zamcelco has registered a current systems loss of 21.30%.

Zamcelco OIC General Manager Engr Eduardo Ancheta attributed the problem to some unscrupulous individuals who try to tinker with the equipment to lower their power consumption fees.

Some of these persons try to work out illegal connections thus deforming or destroying the meter in the process.

“Not until we can have or reflect the right power consumption per member consumer, this will contribute to unaccounted energy which will result to systems loss,”  Ancheta pointed out.

Despite the problem, Ancheta however reported an improvement in their collection efficiency which has now reached 96%.

Systems loss has been lowered from 23% in 2016 to 21.30% at present.  The electric cooperative plans to get the figure down to 18% by December.

Ancheta said that the electric cooperative has resorted to other measures such as running after dormant and overdue accounts to improve their collection efficiency.

The electric cooperative is also reportedly implementing other measures such as infusing minimum capital to get favorable results on programs such as the relocation of meters and transformers of big load consumers from inside to outside their premises, the replacement of defective meters and running after consumers with unsettled obligations.

Since Zamcelco as a cooperative is a non-stock, non-profit entity, it cannot impose exhorbitant fees, engage in income-generating activities nor increase power charges without the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC.)  (Bhong Simbajon)