Ceneco: Earth Hour cuts 8.36 MW power use

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Monday, March 25, 2013

THE Earth Hour last Saturday has succeeded in dropping the power consumption by 8.36 megawatts within the franchise area of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia led the ceremonial switch off from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The activity was organized by SM Bacolod.

Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund that began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Today, it is the world's largest environmental event, annually uniting over 150 nations to fight climate change through its 60-minute switch-off.

Philippines switches off lights on Earth Hour
BACOLOD. The Philippines represented in lights, using eco-friendly materials of 2,000 palm oil wax candles and recycled paper cups from SM City Bacolod food court. SM was the official site for the ceremonial switching off of lights in Bacolod City. (Contributed photo)


Roy Cordova of the Ceneco Board of Directors said there was a brownout Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and this could have contributed to the reduction in electricity consumption last Saturday.

Due to the suspension of their 69 KV lines in Barangay Alangilan, almost half of Ceneco's service areas were affected by the brownout, which covered Bacolod, Talisay and Silay cities.

Leonardia said that he, together with Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and the City Council, will try his best to see to it that they can contribute something to the cause of Earth Hour, especially in conserving energy.

He also announced that Bacolod is embarking on the biggest street lighting project amounting to P28 million.

"One side of it may mean energy consumption and the other side of it will mean a better peace and order in Bacolod," he said.

Councilor Archie Baribar, chairman of the City Council committee on Energy, said he will continue to vigorously oppose any rate increase in Ceneco and vowed that he will continue to plant more trees.

Provincial Environment Officer Ramon Peñalosa, who represented Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, committed to implement the Earth Hour province-wide and to be pro-active in saving the environment.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 25, 2013.

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