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Ilocos Norte council berates utility firms for 12-hour brownout

Jul 23, 2015 @ 0:54

A provincial board member of Ilocos Norte has castigated the power utility firms in the province for the 12-hour brownout that affected several towns during the onslaught of Typhoon “Egay’.

Board member Vicentito Lazo said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is particularly angry on the fact that the power outage was caused by a single fallen tree along the Pasuquin national highway, and it took authorities too much time to do something about it.

He pointed out that that there was obviously no coordination between the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and Northwind Power Corp. (NPC).

“In times like this, they cannot be on their own. They have to collaborate with each other to avoid inconvenience and financial loses to businesses,” Lazo said.

Lazo added a better coordination among the power players is needed to ensure that same incident will not happen again.

According to INEC, they assisted in cutting the uprooted Eucalyptus tree while Northwind represented by Engr. Neil Jacobsen said they did their own way to restore its broken insulator, affecting the 69-KV line, which took them a longer time to fix compared to INEC.

Northwind operates the Bangui Bay Wind Project in Ilocos Norte, which currently has 20 turbines with a total generation capacity of 33 megawatts (MW) and which provides 40 percent of the power requirement of the province.

In view of this, Lazo said the SP was planning to pass a resolution to make known the sentiment of the provincial government that power utilities here have to foster better coordination in times of need.

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