By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
According to Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ceneco) General Manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., residential rates for August 2017 are expected to dip by 33 centavos per kilowatt-hour (kWh), to P8.71 kWh.
He also noted, system loss also decreased, from 11.52 to 11.43 percent; along with the transmission charge.
“Ceneco earns a minimal amount from the electric bill,” Lagarde insisted. “We are paying for the power generators in advance from that meager amount that Ceneco is getting.”
The Ceneco official also appealed to local government units (LGUs) to pay their respective bills promptly.
“We are appealing to the LGUs to pay their accounts promptly because power generators would cut off our power supply if we cannot pay them,” he said.
Lagarde also addressed power interruptions, pointing to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and their non-approval of the proposed capital expenditures, which would go towards rehabilitating aging transmission lines.
“With the capital expenditures, Ceneco would be able to acquire and upgrade equipment that will redound to the improvement of our services,” he explained./WDJ