Monday, 8 February 2010

Power in Luzon assured

Mia Gonzales
Business Mirror

POWER-sector players in Luzon have assured Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes of uninterrupted power supply until June, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar also said in a radio interview that Reyes will meet with other groups in the Visayas and Mindanao to secure the same commitment.

“Secretary Reyes asked me to convey to the press that he has already met with the power sector in Luzon, including the generators, the transmission and the distributors in the island of Luzon. And they promised him that they will take steps to make sure that there will be no red, or even yellow, alert until June or until the end of elections at the very earliest,” Olivar said.

He said Reyes is setting meetings with power-industry representatives in the Visayas and Mindanao to ask for a similar commitment.

Olivar said the efforts of Reyes are hoped to put to rest fears of a failure of elections should power outages suddenly disrupt the country’s first-ever national automated elections.

“Hopefully with similar commitment from the Visayas and Mindanao power sectors that there would not be any brownout, there would not be any risk of a brownout under a yellow alert at least until after the elections in May,” he said.

As for the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), which is seen as a means to lower power rates in Luzon, Olivar said Malacañang has no official position on the matter because it has not received any formal proposal on it.

He said that if the bill related to the BNPP would not prosper during the President’s term, it would be up to the next leadership to deal with it.

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