11 electric coops now using generator sets

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Friday, May 2, 2014

ELEVEN electric cooperatives operating in Mindanao are now utilizing modular generator sets (genset), with a combine capacity of 90 megawatt (MW), in order to address shortage of power supply on the island.

This, according to the data gathered by the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) from the National Electrification Administration, which the agency had presented during the 9th Mindanao Media Summit/
According to Minda, Eight cooperatives have acquired the modular gensets through the government's Modular Genset Program while three acquired their gensets through private bidding.

The cooperatives that have acquired generator sets through the government's Modular Genset Program are: Misamis Oriental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (2 megawatts (MW)), Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (3 MW), Zamcelco (16 MW) Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (10 MW), Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (2 MW), Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (3 MW), Misamis Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (2 MW), and Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (10 MW). Combined capacity of the eight cooperatives is 48 MW.


On the other hand, cooperatives with modular gensets that were privately facilitated are: South Cotabato Electric Cooperative 1 (12 MW), South Cotabato Electric Cooperative 2 (15 MW), and Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (15 MW). The three have a combined capacity of 42 MW.

The Mindanao modular genset program was ordered by President Benigno Aquino III through Executive Order 137 and it is aimed to provide the needed additional power supply of electricity in Mindanao. Under the EO, the amount of P4.5 billion, sourced from the Malampaya Fund, will be released for the program.

Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) director of investment promotions and public affairs, who was guest speaker during the 9th Mindanao Media Summit at the Royal Mandaya Hotel last April 26, said consumers under the franchise areas of these electric cooperatives can expect an increase in their power bills due to the expensive use of the gensets.

However, he stressed the gensets are just temporary measures to provide the much needed power supply.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 02, 2014.


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