I was about to do a story on how much consumers of the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 2) are in part subsidizing a portion of the electricity consumption of SM City Gensan and Dole Philippines Inc when I was alerted that the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry was going to...
This is the second post in a series. To read part 1, click here. Vanishing power Until 2006, hydroelectric power sources accounted for 60 percent of the total 1,850 MW dependable capacity in Mindanao. In 2011, however, capacities from hydropower sources went down to 51 percent at 82 7MW for the Agus and Pulangi hydroelectric...
Apart from Zamboanga City, General Santos City is the hardest hit by the dwindling capacity in the Mindanao power grid. The South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 2) has been implementing two 3½ hours of daily power outages in its franchise area ever since the National Power Corporation (Napocor or NPC) issued an advisory that...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake rattled the southern Philippine island of Mindanao early Saturday, but there were no reports of any injuries or damage and no tsunami warnings were issued. The quake, which hit at 2:17 a.m., had a magnitude of 6.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology...
When the 210 coal-fired power plant of STEAG in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental began its annual preventive maintenance services, the Mindanao grid, already at last 140 megawatts (MW) short in supply, was again placed under rotational power interruptions. Power outages of up to 2 hours in most parts of Mindanao reminded all residents here that the...
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