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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Enough power this summer

Central Negros Electric Cooperative president Arnel Lapore is assuring consumers that there will be enough power supply for the summer months despite a 7 million kilowatt-increase in consumption in the months of February and March.

In a phone interview yesterday, Lapore said Ceneco has abundant supply because of the added power from renewable energy sources such as solar plants in the province.

He said the increase in electricity consumption is largely influenced by the summer heat and by new connections in the residential, commercial and industrial lines.

Lapore also said that the increase in power rates was implemented by all electric cooperatives in the province, not only Ceneco.

In March, a residential rate increase of P0.3190/kWh was recorded, from the previous month's P9.6778 /kWh to P9.9968/kWh.

The upward adjustment in Ceneco's rate is mainly due to the Generation System Charge, which shows an increase of 2.43 percent, compared to the previous month because of an increase in market price, previous reports said. The Average Transmission Rate also increased by 8.51 percent due to higher ancillary service cost.

Lapore said he foresees a higher demand for electricity due to the added heat brought by the El Niño phenomenon. This causes household consumers to unknowingly increase their electricity usage of cooling appliances from 10-30 percent.

He is reminding consumers in heavily populated areas to avoid tapping electrical and telephone lines in hopes of saving energy.

“Do not compromise these wires. The consequence is greater that what you would have saved if tapping the power lines cause fires,” Lapore said.

Instead, try to save on power usage and using alternatives to cool down during summer, he also said.*KBC


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