By Charissa M Luci-Atienza
Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Sato has assured that local officials are closely working with officials of the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) and other concerned national agencies to ensure a steady power supply for her province.
Sato said that by next year, the 25-year Energy Conversion Agreement (ECA) entered into by the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (OMECO) and the Island Power Corp. (IPC) will expire, allowing more investors to invest in Occidental Mindoro.
“OMECO and IPC are entangled in a court battle concerning the ECA for years.The exclusive ECA prevents other independent power producers (IPP) from investing in the province, thereby affecting largely OMECO consumers,” she said.
“IPC has failed to produce power since 2007 aggravating the energy crisis in the province,” she lamented.
Sato said Occidental Mindoro officials are now stepping up efforts to improve the power situation in their province, including the plan to boost the 20-MW diesel power plant of the Occidental Mindoro Consolidated Power Corporation (OMCPC) in the town of San Jose.
Sato recently met with NAPOCOR officials, led by its President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez, for the repair of the province’s 69KV transmission lines to ensure the uninterrupted supply of electricity, and ensuring an energy supply loop with Oriental Mindoro.
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