ERC Provisionally Approves OMECO – OMCPC Power Supply Agreement
With the aim of addressing the current rotational power outages being experienced in the Province of Occidental Mindoro, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) granted Provisional Authority (PA) on the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) between Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OMECO) and Occidental Mindoro Consolidated Power Corporation for Mamburao, Paluan, Sta. Cruz, and Abra de Ilog (OMCPC-MAPSA). The provisional authority granted by the ERC will readily address the power supply shortage, as it will allow the Parties to implement the subject PSA for 7 MW of additional power supply.
“With the Commission’s grant of the provisional approval, the parties can now implement the PSA which will provide the much needed additional power supply to OMECO and will greatly help alleviate the power shortage within its franchise area,” ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera averred.
The Province of Occidental Mindoro has been experiencing rotational power outages due to a significant shortage in the available power supply. The current power demand of the Province stands at around 27 MW. Of its 27 MW power demand, 20 MW is provided by its lone supplier, the OMCPC’s bunker-fired diesel power plant in San Jose, located in the southern part of the province, pursuant to a Resolution dated 25 March 2022 issued by the ERC. The insufficient power supply in the Province has resulted in rotating brownouts of as much as 5 to 6 hours per day.
OMECO was previously able to source 4MW of power from the diesel power plant of the National Power Corp. (NPC) in Mamburao in the northern part of the Province. OMECO’s supply contract with NPC, however, expired in December 2021, and the said power plant is no longer in place.
“The additional power supply to be sourced from OMCPC-MAPSA will be able to cover the power requirements, particularly in the areas of Mamburao, Paluan, Sta. Cruz, and Abra de Ilog in the Province of Occidental Mindoro, and will help address the supply shortage in the area,” ERC Chair Devanadera concluded.