Napocor joins Mindoro co-ops meeting to address power shortage

State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Friday will join a meeting of Mindoro electric cooperatives and other energy agencies to find permanent solutions to the shortage of power supply in Mindoro Island. 

The meeting is in response to the earlier directive of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to Napocor OIC Donato D. Marcos and Department of Energy Undersecretary Emmanuel P. Juaneza to craft and execute solutions to the power problems of Mindoro, particularly Occidental Mindoro. The secretary will also be joining the meeting personally.

“We will present and explore ways on how Napocor can extend assistance in securing a reliable power supply in the island, one of which is the readiness of our 69 kV transmission line system that can help trade power between Oriental and Occidental Mindoro,” said Napocor OIC Donato D. Marcos.

Napocor said that it has completed the loop linking the two provinces into a single 69 kV transmission line system. Although the newly completed Mamburao to Puerto Galera and San Jose to Mansalay lines have not yet been energized, Napocor said they are ready to operate them.

Napocor said that it will also discuss in the meeting the status of its power plants in Mindoro islands such as Lubang and Cabra, timeline of its programs for the island as contained in its missionary electrification plan, and the feasibility of deploying a power barge in Mindoro.

Napocor, as mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or Republic Act 9136, is tasked to perform missionary electrification in the farthest communities and islands. It is in this capacity that the corporation operates 278 Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants and the transmission line systems of five island provinces in the country.