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Biomass Power Plants to Benefit Sugar Industry

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. expressed optimism that, aside from creating local jobs, the biomass power plants in Negros will benefit not only the country but also the global sugar industry.

GROUNDBREAKING. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. leads the ground breaking of the 25 MW Biomass Power Plant of the North Negros Biopower (NNB) in Manapla yesterday. (L-R) NNB Senior Vice-Pres. for Corporate Communications Don Dia and Chairman Arthur N. Aguilar, ThomasLLoyd Executive Director Anthony Coveney and Chairman Michael Sieg, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, landowner Dr. Esteban Lacson III, NNB President Ramon Picornell and International Finance Corporation Country Manager Jane Yuan Xu.* (Butch Bacaoco photo)

CENECO Warning Consumers vs. ‘Electricity-saving’ Devices

The management of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) is reminding its consumers not to fall to individuals posing as CENECO employees selling “electricity-saving” devices.

“CENECO is not associated with these individuals and is not endorsing these alleged electricity-saving devices. No technical study has been conducted by CENECO that proves these devices reduce electricity bill,” a press statement signed by Ceneco General Manager Sulpicio “Jun” Lagarde stated.

On ERC Decision to Pass on P232-M to Ceneco Consumers: ‘Hold Congressional Hearing in Bacolod’

Consumer advocates urge the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives to hold here in Bacolod City the proposed inquiry on the decision of the Energy Regulatory Commission authorizing the Central Negros Electric Cooperative to collect the P232 million differential billing from its consumers.

Fr. Chris Gonzales, head of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod City, said that concerned consumers will prepare a manifesto requesting the lower house to hold the probe in Bacolod so that it will be easier for consumers to air their concerns.

Power Watch Slams ERC Decision On Charging P232-M ‘UCQ’ to CENECO Consumers

Power Watch Negros is “strongly opposing” the implementation of the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) decision to collect from Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) member-consumers the P232 million “unnominated contract quantities” (UCQ), beginning this month of October.

Wennie G. Sancho, Power Watch Negros Secretary-General, in a text message to Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) last night said, “we vehemently and strongly oppose the ERC decision that grants power supplier KEPCO-SPC and power distributor CENECO to collect the P232-M from the member-consumers.”