Celso mulls Power Summit in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:18

Mayor Celso Lobregat is initiating a power summit dubbed “Zambo Power Summit” sometime next week to extensively tackle about the power situation in Zamboanga, come up with solutions and contingencies to alleviate the plight of consumers.

This, following a small stakeholders meeting convened by Mayor Lobregat Friday morning in City Hall with Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) officials headed by Project Supervisor and OIC Manager Sherwin Mañada and Board President Elbert “Bong” Atilano.

The Power Summit, according to Lobregat, will be attended by national agencies concerned in power to include the National Electrification Administration (NEA), Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), National Grid Power Corporation (NGCP), ZAMCELCO representatives and the different sectors concerned.

Mayor Lobregat Thursday contacted NEA Administrator Edith Bueno and MINDA Chair Sec. Lou Antonino to discuss about as well as to seek assistance concerning the power situation in Zamboanga.

The mayor was prompted to call the small meeting Friday after being informed that the power supply shortage in Mindanao will result to at least 7-8 hours brownout in Zamboanga City daily.  

“I think it is best that all agencies of government that have to do with power will come to Zamboanga and brief all the sectors about the situation and possibly come up with recommendations and solutions on a temporary, short term, medium-term or longer basis,” Lobregat said.

Also attending the meeting Friday were other Zamcelco Board of Directors that included Vic Liozo Jr., Ernesto Perez, Agustin Graciano Jr., the business group led by Eddie Chua, Industrial Group led by Engr. George Ledesma, WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, ZCSPC President Dr. Nora Ponce and other stakeholders.

Lobregat explained that the power crisis is not only affecting Zamboanga City but the entire Mindanao but that how it affects each area may be different due to distribution situation in each and every locality.

Given the present situation, Lobregat said the short term solution in place include the implementation of the Interruptible Power Load (IPL) where people with embedded generators are encouraged to run their generator sets when there is shortage of power with the incentive of getting reimbursed for the fuel used.

Another measure is to request the owners of the TMI (Therma Marine Inc.) to supply a little bit more than what had been contracted for and another one is to ask PSALM to increase the supply in Zamboanga City considering that the Western Mindanao Power Corporation is located in Zamboanga City.

But the long term solution is really to have additional supply of power, according to Lobrega.

Zamcelco officials have emphasized that reduced water level in Lake Lanao has caused the power curtailment in Mindanao which is now set at 170 MW.

In Zamboanga City, for the month of March alone, the power demand is 79,821 MW. Zamcelco’s contracted supply with PSALM is 44,342 and 18MW with TMI translating power deficiency to 17MW. However, due to the decreasing water level in Lake Lanao, PSALM can only provide 36MW bringing the shortage to over 24MW translating to at least 7-8 hours blackout in the city.

Zamcelco Friday night formally signed with the San Ramon Power Inc. the power sales agreement for the soon to be established coal fired-powered plant. —  Sheila Covarrubias