Bacolod: NGCP grid upgrade brings relief to Negros, Panay consumers – Castro

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Bacolod City – Local distribution utility MORE Power highlighted the significant relief delivered by the energization of the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) 230-kilovolt (kV) backbone project to the islands of Panay and Negros.

At a recent simultaneous ceremonial energization of the CNP project, Roel Castro, President and Chief Executive Officer of MORE Power and Negros Power, complimented the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for successfully concluding the project.

“This marks significant relief for us at MORE Power, Panay, and Negros Islands. We commend the NGCP for this landmark accomplishment of the new Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) grid,” Castro, said in a statement.

Castro attended the simultaneous ceremonial energization at the NGCP Barotac Viejo Substation, alongside Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.

He mentioned that the energization comes as summer begins when the demand peaks for all distribution utilities on Panay Island.

When asked about the chances of another four day blackout, like what happened in January, Mr. Castro indicated that while the possibility exists, it has reduced substantially due to the new CNP project.

Panay experienced unplanned outages of multiple power generators, triggered by a grid disturbance which resulted in the shutdown of the power plants on Panay Island, in January this year.

“While that does not yet promise the ultimate level of reliability, there is undoubtedly a significant stride towards improved reliability on Panay Island. For consumers, if before NGCP energized this new CNP project, there was a 50 percent chance of experiencing another 4-day blackout, now the probability is only 10-20%,” Castro said.

With the energization of the new CNP 230kV backbone project, Castro underlined that the submarine cable’s capacity is now noteworthy because power can be drawn from Leyte, Cebu, Negros, and Panay.

In a recent Philippine Electric Power Industry forum held in Iloilo City, Castro also spoke on the distribution utilities responsibility and emphasized to the stakeholders and concerned government agencies that after all the improvements and modernizations of the generation and transmission sectors, the responsibility falls onto the distribution utilities, which ultimately affects the consumers.

“The consumers demand three things. Reliable electricity means blackout-free 24/7, sustainability, and affordability,” he pointed out. (Gilbert Bayoran The Visayan Daily Star)

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