Central Negros Electric Cooperative

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The Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) is one of the 121 electric cooperatives in the Philippines.[1] It was incorporated on February 24, 1975 in Bacolod City, in the Province of Negros Occidental.

CENECO distributes power over the Calumangan-San Enrique transmission lines. They have been reported to rely on supply shutoffs to do maintenance on electrical infrastructure.[2]

They have been criticized for a perceived lack of transparency in their operations.[3]

History[edit]

CENECO initially serviced Silay City; on May 16, 1976, it took over the electric system of the Municipality of Murcia. On June 1978, with the help of the national government, CENECO purchased and took over the A. S. Diaz Electric service (ASDES) which served Bacolod City and Talisay. The following year, on June 1979, CENECO took over the Bago Electric System and Ma-ao Electric System in Bago City.

At this time, CENECO’s generating units were hard-pressed to keep up with the load demand of its coverage area. CENECO had to resort to load shedding, which included scheduled brownouts. The power shortage was relieved with the coming of the power barge from the National Power Corporation on June 16, 1981. This was stationed along Bacolod’s Reclamation Area Project and augmented CENECO’s electric power supply.

Beginning July 4, 1984, the Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant started supplying power to CENECO. The plant, located in Brgy. Palinpinon not far from Dumaguete City, became the main source of power for Negros Island. It supplied CENECO, VRESCO[clarification needed], NOCECO[clarification needed], NORECO I[clarification needed] and NORECO II.[clarification needed]

CENECO suffered a major loss in its operations with the coming of Typhoon Ruping in November 1991. Almost half of CENECO’s electric poles had to be replaced or repaired due to damage. The work was so extensive that normal operation was restored the following year in February.

Other typhoons also contributed their share to the damage and to the losses of the cooperative. Typhoon Puring in 1994 and Typhoon Pepang in 1995 caused setbacks to CENECO's efforts to recover.

In late 2001, CENECO was padlocked by the Bacolod City government over the cooperative’s tax-exempt status, resulting in non-payment of franchise and other taxes, a dispute that was resolved with the intervention of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the National Electrification Administration, which restored the status quo until the Supreme Court reaches a final decision.

The passage of R.A. 9136, otherwise known as the EPIRA 2001 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, has restructured the power situation in the country. This act has, among others, allowed the participation of the Independent Power Producers, the privatization of the National Power Corporation, and required the cooperatives and private distribution utilities to unbundle their power rates.


References[edit]

  1. ^ The Official Website of the National Electrification Administration
  2. ^ Gelera, Shiela (August 14, 2015). "Water, power interruptions scheduled in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Honeyman, Neil (September 2, 2015). "Honeyman: An Independent View". Sun Star. Retrieved 7 September 2015.