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NGCP faces penalties for below par performance: ERC

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Officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday said that the primary power transmission company in the country, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, may be penalized if it is unable to meet standards set by the ERC.{{more}}

ERC lawyer Floresinda Baldo made the statement during a public consultation on the proposed power rates adjustment of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2.

A businessman expressed concern over the impending rate increase of NORECO 2, saying that while the public is willing to pay for the rate adjustment, there should be also be a corresponding assurance of reliable power.

He said businesses are already reeling from the negative effects of the power interruptions, scheduled or otherwise, caused by the deficit of supply from the NGCP-Visayas grid.

While the public consultation was underway, the entire city and other areas covered by NORECO 2 experienced a one-hour rotating brownout from 10 a.m. due to a 180MW load deficit at the NGCP-Visayas grid.

NORECO 2 officials admitted that they had no time to inform the public of the rotating brownouts as NGCP does not give them enough leeway for this and usually advices them of load-shedding at the last minute.

Some areas like Bajumpandan, even experienced power interruptions twice yesterday, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Baldo said NGCP is now being rated by ERC based on its performance, such as the number of power interruptions within a certain period.*JFP



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