By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — Key players in the power industry of Panay Island are set to address the technical woes hounding the system.
“We will have a meeting to come up with a better system of relaying information,” said Engr. Nilo Madrid, vice president for Panay operations of Global Business Power (GBP) in the aftermath of the two separate blackouts last October 29 and 30 that affected the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo as well as Iloilo City, the regional capital of Western Visayas.
While the Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting an investigation, the incidents enraged and adversely affected consumers. Iloilo City consumers particularly blamed Panay Electric Co. (PECO), the power distributor which is locked in a legal battle with a rival firm.
Madrid told the Iloilo media during a Wednesday power forum that the November 11 dialogue will be attended by GBP, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and various power distributors in Panay.
Philip Dasalla, GBP vice president for commercial operations, reiterated how consumers must understand the components of power generation, transmission, and distribution.
Dasalla said its subsidiaries Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) and Panay Power Corp. (PPC) generate power through its 314-megawatt (314 MW) coal-fired power plant and 72-MW diesel plant in Iloilo City.
But these are all interconnected to NGCP’s grid system which transmits the power generated to power distributors such as PECO.
Madrid explained there was a domino effect once the protection system of PEDC was activated when it detected a problem. The temporary shutdown meant power distributors are not getting the supply they need.