Misamis Oriental Electric Cooperative I (Moresco I) attained a systems loss of 5.51 percent in 2009, holding the distinction of sustaining a single-digit system loss for 29 years since 1981. This after the National Electrification Administration (NEA) said a number of electric cooperatives (EC) have saved about P311.4 million from a 0.6-percent drop in their system losses to 12.59 percent last year from 13.19 percent in 2008.

To date, 23 electric cooperatives have single-digit system loss level, an increase from 19 in 2008.

NEA said Cebeco III registered the lowest system loss of 4.08 percent, the lowest recorded by an electric cooperative.

NEA added that the other electric cooperatives include Siarelco (4.74 percent); Dielco (5.42 percent); Moresco I (5.51 percent); Dasureco (6.79 percent); Boheco I (7.23 percent); Celco (7.82 percent); Prosielco (8.02 percent); Cebeco II (8.10 percent); Tarelco I (8.17 percent); Tarelco II (8.52 percent); Neeco II-Area 2 (9.11 percent); Doreco (9.13 percent); Cebeco I (9.28 percent); Presco (9.29 percent); Moelci II (9.35 percent); Penelco (9.50 percent); Tielco (9.67 percent); Batanelco (9.69 percent); Laneco (9.92 percent); Ileco I (9.94 percent) and Pelco I (9.98 percent).

NEA also said  66 other ECs posted system losses which are within the cap of 14 percent.

Aside from Moresco I. other ECs which have maintained single digits for more than 10 years are Cebeco I (22 years); Cebeco III (15 years); Boheco I (12 years); Tielco (12 years); and Batanelco (10 years).

The bulk of system losses of electric cooperatives comes from technical losses which are inherent in their operation as electric utilities. The transformers and distribution lines of the ECs also contribute to the losses.

The nontechnical losses, caused mainly by electricity pilferages, are another burden which electricity consumers have to bear as pass-on charges.

The various programs which NEA conducts for the benefit of electric cooperatives with the aim of lowering their systems losses consist of non-technical and technical programs.

The nontechnical programs include benchmarking/documentation of electric cooperatives’ best practices on systems-loss reduction; enhancement of Task Force Kapatid on system-loss reduction; creation of energy audit group; networking with local leaders/interest groups/police enforcers; community involvement and use of mass media.

The technical aspect includes development of distribution system data bank; enhanced area engineering program; upgraded NEA engineering standards and practices; quality assurance group for procured materials and system-loss segregation program.

As to the reduction of nonpower cost, NEA said it offers the electric cooperatives the following assistance and services: review, approval and monitoring of cash operating budget; outsourcing of services; standard salary scales for officials and employees; review and approval of organizational structure; early retirement program; and energy conservation.

NEA said these measures are performed to be able to lower the electric cooperatives’ system-losses and eventually, their system rates.

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