As Dumaguete City’s economy starts to grow, the increasing demands in electricity might pose as a problem. More households, universities, companies and commercial establishments are increasing their energy consumption in the past months. New call centers, IT and BPO companies have also established business in Dumaguete City, thus increasing the electricity demands in the area.
To meet the energy requirements in the city, the Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (NORECO) sees upgrading its power substation as the solution. Upgrading the substation will resolve the problem on frequent brownouts experienced in the Dumaguete City due to transformer overload.
NORECO General Manager Ephraim Taclob states that the PBAC, the technical working group and the capex committee will be looking into the project proposals of the distribution, transmission and technical services departments. This will be their first step in resolving the energy trouble.
He added that in Barangay Pulantubig, there are two substations; each supplies 10 MVA, which are overloaded. To temporarily resolve the problem, NORECO decided to transfer part of the load to the substation in Barangay Bagacay, which generates 20 MVA.
As a permanent measure, the company will be upgrading one of the Barangay Pulantubig substations making it a 20 MVA substation. This will produce 2 MVA substations, including the one in Barangay Bagacay, and will lessen the possibility of brownouts in Dumaguete City due to transformer overload.
In the past weeks, it was reported that several brownouts occurred in several barangays in Dumaguete City due to the overload of the 10 MVA power substations in Barangay Pulantubig. Another factor was that the feeder protection relay had a technical problem. NORECO brought technical experts from Manila to recalibrate the equipment. It is estimated that the company will spend P20 million in upgrading one of its 10 MVA power substation.
The NORECO General Manager also supports President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her request for Congress to make amendments in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, also known as the EPIRA Law. This will be beneficial for the cooperative and Dumaguete City.
Amendments in the said power law will increase the energy supply in Dumaguete City. It can also help in reducing the cost of electricity in the due to the subsidy given by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR). Energy companies in the provinces benefit from the NAPOCOR energy subsidy.
The reduction in the rates of electricity has not been decided yet as this has to depend on the assistance given by Transco and National Power Corporation.