No rate hike despite power problem: firm

DISTRIBUTION utility Davao Light and Power Corp. (DLPC) clarified yesterday that the company will not implement electricity rate increase despite power interruptions.

Should there be an electricity rate increase, DLPC said in a statement, that the company has to petition before the Energy Regulatory Commission and inform the public about their plan before they could implement an increase.

“The rotational power interruption will not be a cause if there is a petition to have a rate increase. We have not also applied a petition to increase the electricity rate,” the company said.

DLPC issued a statement after progressive groups staged a protest rally in front of the company’s office in Ponciano St.

Benjie Badal, spokesperson of Kadamay, said they conducted a rally relative on the series of rotational brownouts in the city. The city has been suffering power interruptions up to four hours due to lack of sufficient energy supply.

“We believe that this rotational brownout is part of the government’s conditioning for an upcoming power rate hike,” Badal said in a text message.

DLPC said the power supply situation has been tight due to dry spell.

“Last week, Davao Light has apprised the public that its current power supply allocation from the NPC (National Power Corp.)-PSALM (Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management) through the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) was further reduced,” the company said.

The company’s statement added that “the NGCP reported that this was due to the much reduced capacity of the major NPC-PSALM hydro generating plants in Mindanao due to low water inflow caused by El Nino. Another reason is the intermittent bombings of transmission towers in Mindanao isolating two other NPC-PSALM power plants.”

The second unit of Therma South Inc., which has a capacity of 150 megawatts, has also undergone corrective maintenance shutdown since Jan. 23.

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