BACOLOD City – The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) will ensure reliable power supply during the conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this May 14.
Ceneco president Roy Cordova said they will form a group that will be tasked to make sure that no power problem will occur come election day.
The plans will be finalized during Ceneco’s regular board meeting on May 7, Cordova added.
“We want to assure a reliable and steady supply of power in the coverage areas of Ceneco,that is why we will create a task force,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Ceneco will implement an upward power rate adjustment for its April billing.
The rate increase will affect all Ceneco consumers except those who have been its members since April 2010.
The power rate increase of P0.3094 per kilowatt hour(kW-h) is for the recovery of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management’s (PSALM) generation rate adjustment mechanism, incremental currency exchange rate adjustment and automatic cost recovery mechanismtrue-up adjustment covering the period January 2007 to April 2010.
The Energy Regulatory Commission(ERC) approved the additional fee through an order dated June 20, 2017.
Affected Ceneco member-consumers will pay P11.9020 per kW-h for 60 months starting this month. Unaffected member-consumers, on the other hand, will pay P11.5926 per kW-h.
Another power rate increase of P0.0817 per kW-h will be imposed to all member-consumers for 50 months starting April to pay Ceneco’s debt to Kepco-Salcon Power Corp.
The ERC also approved such rate increase through its case decision No. 2013-141RC.
In March, Ceneco’s power rate was P11.0399 per kW-h.
Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde urged member-consumers to conserve energy to avoid paying high electricity bills.
Ceneco supplies power to the cities of Silay, Talisay, Bacolod, and Bago and municipalities of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto./PN