THE Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) yesterday announced that there would be no rolling power outages starting on Sunday.
The Cepalco announcement came following an assurance of a stable power power supply in Mindanao during the elections made by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
Five-hour power outages have been experienced in Cepalco’s franchise area since the El Niño dry spell started last March which caused the water levels of Lake Lanao and Pulangui River to recede. These are the main sourcesd of hydroelectric power in Mindanao.
In an announcement, Cepalco customer and community relations department senior manager Marilyn Chavez said they were given assurance by the NGCP that there would be no power curtailments from Sunday till Tuesday.
The NGCP is Cepalco’s main supplier and in turn receives energy from the National Power Corp. (Napocor). Napocor sources out its power from the hydro power plants but with the low water levels, they are getting backup power from other sources.
Last March, a Cepalco executive maintained that the power crisis is artificial and alleged that the water levels in Lake Lanao were regulated to a lower than normal level. They were contemplating then to file a lawsuit against Napocor and NGCP.