BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said it monitored a grid disturbance that affected distribution utilities and electric cooperatives in Panay and Negros at around 10:13 a.m. yesterday.
Michelle Viscera, NGCP corporate communications officer, said they could not still determine if the outage was supply or transmission related.
She added that based on an initial investigation, the source came from Panay.
The Central Negros Electric Cooperative, in an advisory, said the power interruption and fluctuation was caused by the abnormality in NGCP’s transmission lines within Western Visayas.
An hour after the disturbance was monitored, most of Ceneco’s feeders went online, except for the Alijis, Mountainview, and Gonzaga feeders that needed troubleshooting, the advisory added.
Ceneco serves the cities of Bacolod, Bago, Talisay, and Silay, and the towns of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto.
Other power cooperatives in the province, such as the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative and the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative also advised their consumers that they were coordinating with NGCP on the matter.
NEGOR AFFECTED, TOO
Viscera said in a text message that at least 13 electric cooperatives/distribution utilities were affected by the power outage.
These include Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative I, Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II, More Power, Iloilo Electric Cooperative Inc. I, Iloilo Electric Cooperative Inc. II, Iloilo Electric Cooperative, Inc. III, Guimaras Electric Cooperative, Antique Electric Cooperative Inc., Capiz Electric Cooperative, and Aklan Electric Cooperative Inc.
Noreco II information officer Sharon Araula notified member-consumer-owners that the power interruption affected its entire coverage, namely, Pamplona, Tanjay City, Amlan, San Jose, Sibulan, Dumaguete City, Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, Sta. Catalina, Bayawan City, and Basay.
Noreco I, meanwhile, on its social media page, said the power interruption also affected its area of coverage including Mabinay, Bais City, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Guihulngan City, Vallehermoso and Canlaon City.
Some parts of Negros Oriental, specifically in the Noreco II area, had power restored by noon onwards.*with PNA