Zamcelco seeks ERC nod for more power purchase PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 March 2013 10:57

All is set for tomorrow’s (March 26) filing by Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Incorporated (Zamcelco) of application with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to enter into contracts with independent power producers to purchase additional electricity to meet the city’s power requirement and to eliminate the 6 to 8-hour daily brownouts, which have been crippling the local economy and pestering local residents for a month now.

The filing of said application comes after Zamcelco shall have published in three local newspapers about the proposed plan to buy around 20 to 30-megawatt power supply from different IPPs, to include the projected increase in electricity rate, in case such purchases materialize.

In last Friday’s conference on power situation in Zamboanga City which was called by Mayor Celso Lobregat, both Zamcelco officials led by its president, Elbert ‘Bong’ Atilano Sr, and San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) headed by its plant manager, Engr. Archie Donato, confirmed, that they were in the process of reconciling the proposed power rates per kilowatt-hour, once all contracts to procure additional 20 to 30 megawatts were perfected.

These Zamcelco and SRPI officials met jointly last Friday night to finalize said reconciled proposed new rates, which is tentatively projected at P9 per kilowatt-hour.
While Lobregat was insistent on that day for Zamcelco and SRPI to meet Friday evening to finalize all things, and publish these rates last Saturday, March 23, Donato however said, “there are many parties involved in this project, and most of them are based in Singapore,, thus, his reluctance in doing what the  city’s chief executive was insisting on.

Donato was referring to the officials and representatives of Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) in Sarangani Province, and Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) in barangay Sangali this city, all sister companies of SRPI, to which Zamcelco were to contract for 5 and 10 megawatts, respectively.

Another unused 5 megawatts would be bought from HOLCIM Cement Corporation, based in Iligan City.

For his part, Atilano expressed optimism that after filing, ERC would likely render its favorable decision on said application, in a matter of 15 days period, and it will be this time, that they (Zamcelco), would request  from ERC, provisional authority, to implement these contracts in haste

“Therefore, if things go on smoothly, favorable power situation in Zamboanga City, might come in either last week of April or 1st week of May”, the Zamcelco president predicted. — Philip Abuy