Paleco says power outages caused by vegetation

NO POWER SHORTAGE. Paleco says power outages are caused by problems in vegetation trimming not because of power supply shortage. (Photo by Paleco)

Recurring blackouts being experienced in the city and the province these days are not caused by power shortage, but by problems in tree trimming management, an official of the Palawan Electric Cooperative (Paleco) said Wednesday.

Marilyn Villegas, Member Education Development Chief of the Paleco, told Palawan News that since Delta P added 26.65 megawatts to their overall dependable supply, the power situation already got better.

Outages since the beginning of the year were mostly caused by trees and vegetation interfering with power lines, especially if there is high wind.

“Vegetation ang problem. Mayroon tayong mga consumers na may mga puno sa bakuran nila at ayaw nilang ipaputol lalo na sa Bataraza na may mga palapa ng niyog kasi pinagkakakitaan nila,” she said.

She said the power outages are often felt in the towns of Bataraza, Brooke’s Point and Sofronio Española.

Villegas explained that with Delta P’s additional supply, blackout has lessened compared to last year.

“Mas maganda na ngayon compared last year na panay ang blackout. Last year kasi kulang ng supply. Ngayon nagkaroon tayo ng 26.65 MW,” she said.

The National Power Corporation-Small Power Utility Group (NPC-SPUG) and three Independent Power Producers (IPPs), namely, Delta P Incorporated (Delta P), Palawan Power Generation Incorporated (PPGI) and DMCI Power Corporation are the suppliers of Paleco’s energy requirements.

Villegas said of these three, it is the DMCI that is unable to provide enough power supply to Paleco.

“DMCI dapat malaki ang supply. Kaya lang ang naka-kontrata sa atin ay coal plant, so hindi sila maka-supply dahil maraming mga environmentalists ang opposed sa plano,” she said.

Villegas is unable to say when the power outages would stop happening frequently. “HIndi natin masabi kung kelan magkaka-blackout,” she added.

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