Sumary of DoE to help resolve power crisis in Occidental Mindoro:
- AMID the daily extended brownout periods in Occidental Mindoro, Department of Energy (DoE) undersecretary Emmanuel Juaneza said he will meet all agencies concerned on Wednesday to resolve the power crisis in the province.
- In an exclusive interview with The Manila Times, Juaneza said the DoE’s position is for the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (Omeco) to direct OMCPC (Occidental Mindoro Consolidated Power Corporation) to immediately provide “replacement power” while it is conducting preventive maintenance service on its generator sets.
- “Omeco and OMCPC have to show in the meeting the terms and conditions of their EPSA (emergency power supply agreement),” Juaneza said.
- “This is the reason the DoE-legal is invited to the meeting because I will request them for legal guidance.
- ” Omeco acting general manager Cesar Faeldon, however, said there is no available power supply in the province.
- “Ang hindi ko kayang maipaliwanag, ang hindi ko kayang sagutin ay kung saan kukuha ng replacement (power) ngayon.
- “Wala sanang problema sa replacement kung nasunod yung kontrata, yung ginawa nilang kontrata noon na si EPI (Emerging Power Inc.), ang main provider kasi natin dapat ay 20MW na geothermal, yun talaga ang main power natin dapat na hanggang ngayon ay hindi nadeliver ni EPI kaya pina-terminate namin.
- “Faeldon said OMCPC should not be the province’s main power provider.
- “Si OMCPC, ito yung dapat na stand-by in case of a scheduled or allowed outages.
- Kaya lang sila ang nagiging main power provider hanggang ngayon kaya na-extend ng na-extend yung kanilang temporary na pagpo-provide ng power.