Bacolod: Negros Power eyes start by 3Q 2024

photo courtesy of The Visayan Daily Star

Bacolod City – Anticipating the start of operations by the 3rd quarter of this year, the Negros Electric and Power Corporation (Negros Power) started purchasing essential electrical materials and supplies, which signals its readiness to become the new electric distribution utility in central Negros, once it gets the approval from the government.

In a statement, Negros Power said that the initial stock of materials will be delivered very soon by their suppliers to their warehouses.

“We are making sure that these materials are available during day 1 of the operation and implementation of our five-year rehabilitation and modernization plan to improve the distribution network and deliver efficient, reliable, and sustainable power to consumers,” Negros Power further said.

This move highlights Negros Power’s commitment to providing reliable and efficient power services to the consumers of Central Negros.

Negros Power, poised to take over from the existing utility, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), is gearing up to rehabilitate and upgrade the existing power distribution facilities in the franchise area.

With a keen eye on efficiency and sustainability, Negros Power’s efforts signify a significant step towards enhancing the region’s energy infrastructure, with the aim to modernize facilities, bolster resilience, and optimize energy distribution to meet the evolving needs of Central Negros.

According to the statement, the impending transition has sparked anticipation among residents, who have long-awaited improvements in their electricity services.

NEPC president and Chief Executive Officer Roel Castro emphasized the company’s commitment to efficiency and reliability.

“We understand the importance of uninterrupted power supply for the economic and social development of Central Negros. Our team works diligently to ensure a smooth transition and uphold the better service to consumers from the first day of our operation,” Castro added.

Following the NEPC franchise approval by Congress, it has been forwarded to Malacañang for the concurrence of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Once it gets the approval of the Chief Executive, NEPC will have 25 years to operate as an electric distribution utility in the cities of Bacolod, Bago, Silay, and Talisay and the municipalities of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star)

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