Gatchalian orders NEA to address Palawan’s frequent brownouts caused by DMCI’s failure to deliver 25MW power
The Senate Committee on Energy, chaired by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, has ordered National Electrification Administration (NEA) to investigate Palawan’s frequent brownouts beginning this year and submit findings and recommendations by Aug. 11, Friday.
Data gathered by the Committee showed a maximum of 18 hours of power interruption experienced by consumers in the franchise area of Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO), which happens at least nine times a month since January.
“Being the over-all regulator of electric cooperatives, NEA must help identify the root cause of the power interruptions and determine the liability of the PALECO for not being able to immediately address the issue,” Gatchalian said.
Based on the Committee’s internal investigation, the power shortage mess stemmed from DMCI Power Corp.’s failure to deliver 25 megawatts (MW) in its power supply agreement with the PALECO and the electric cooperative’s inaction on the violation of the agreement.
In response, DMCI Power said it is unable to construct and operate the committed thermal facility due to the “continued opposition of certain stakeholders.”
Gatchalian gave DMCI Power also until Friday to submit a detailed action plan and timetable on how it will fulfil the 25 MW power supply requirement under its interim PSA.
PALECO’s franchise area covers Puerto Princes City, the mainland municipalities of Dumaran, El Nido (Bacuit), Roxas, San Vicente, Taytay, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Narra, Quezon, Rizal (Marcos), Sofrono Espanola and Aborlan, and the island municipalities of Agutaya, Araceli, Cagayancillo, Cuyo, Magsaysay and Balabac.