Negros Power Firms Under Utilizing Geo Power?

Electric cooperatives in the Negros Island Region seems to be under utilizing geothermal power availability for its use, data from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) showed.

The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) which serves EB Magalona to San Carlos City sources only 7 MW as base load power from Palinpinon in Valencia town, Negros Oriental.

Only the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperatives I and II have maximized the geothermal power from Valencia.

Data on the power suppliers of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) and the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) are not available.

Of the 242 megawatts capacity for NIR for the period Sept 17 to 23, 217 MW are sourced from geothermal especially from the Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant operated by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

A total of 111 MW are still imported from Cebu island, 24 MW from renewable energy and 1 MW from bio-diesel.

Data from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market, geothermal accounts for 576.5 MW or 44 percent of the total generation mix for the Visayas, solar at 24.9 MW or two percent while coal is 666.4 MW or 51 percent.

On the otherhand, the bulk of power source is supplied by the coal power plant operated by KSPC cornering 48.1 percent, Green Core 36.6 percent, Toledo Power at 10.7 percent and San Carlos at 6.5 percent.

Earlier, Frank Carbon of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the power cooperatives in Negros Occidental “only sources 20 percent of power from geothermal.”

“If Palinpinon can provide more power from geothermal, then we should get from it because it is clean and cheaper,” Carbon said.

Michelle Viscera, media affairs officer of the NGCP- Visayas admitted that geothermal power is “a more stable source of base load power than solar.”

Solar is variable or unstable, Viscera said.*


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