The construction of the multimillion 40 mega-watt Global Business Power Corp. biomass plant in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, will start next year after the bidding for a contractor, First Vice President Petronilo Madrid of the GBP Panay Site Operations said yesterday.
Madrid said GBP biomass plant is in the process of pre-engineering, and the front and engineering design have already been completed.
The leading power producer in Visayas and Mindoro is planning to bid out the contract that will be open to Negros-based firms.
Madrid said they will not enter into a bilateral contract with distribution utilities or electric cooperatives, instead they will resort to feed-in-tariff where the market will take care of the generated power.
He said the abundance of photovoltaic or solar plants in Negros Island is not a reason to call off the biomass plant construction.
“Solar generated power is somehow seasonal, and the power to be generated in the new plant in La Carlota will help supply the needed power of Negros,” he said.
Meanwhile, GBP is amplifying its information-education campaign to enlighten consumers on the ins-and-outs of the electric power industry.
Among the activities was the Energy 101 Summit that gathered representatives from the Department of Energy, Energy regulatory Commission, Philippine Electricity Market Corporation and the Panay Electric Corp. held yesterday at the Smallville 21 Hotel in Iloilo City.
Among the issues discussed in the summit was the nationwide recurrence of power outages.
Madrid said one of the factors why power interruptions or brownouts occur is that it is a protective mechanism of the generation companies, transmission agency and distribution utilities systems in response to external factors, a point that GBP seeks to explain to consumers.
He said factors such as inclement weather, vegetation and maintenance of transmission line affect the distribution of power to consumers.*KBC
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