Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Councils (MSEAC) of Tacurong City, Lambayong, Isulan, Columbio, and Pres. Quirino committed to help the Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO) in its information advocacies during the MSEAC first quarterly meeting on March 19, Edjin Pension House, Tacurong City.

“MSEAC-Tacurong members guarantee SUKELCO that we will be active in sharing information about the current power situation and other issues concerning the welfare of member-consumers,” said MSEAC-Tacurong Chairperson and Transport Sector Representative Rogelio Villaraiz.

MSEAC-Tacurong Chairperson Villaraiz expresses the council’s support to SUKELCO’s information advocacy.

Each MSEAC is composed of representatives from the education, women, senior citizen, media, local government unit, barangay, youth, religious, and agro-fishery sectors in each municipality/city.
The meeting, facilitated by SUKELCO, aimed to update MSEACs on the power supply outlook of Mindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

Presently, SUKELCO is only able to distribute approximately 17 MW electricity to all its member-consumers in Sultan Kudarat, Datu Paglas and Buluan—12.21 MW of which is supplied by NPC-PSALM while the remaining 5 MW supply is from Therma Marine. This 17 MW-supply definitely could not suffice the 24 MW-demand of the areas covered by SUKELCO. This situation, according to SUKELCO Senior Business Strategist Engr. Jomar Sevillano, may worsen in the months of April-June.

SUKELCO Senior Business Strategist Sevillano presented the 2013 scenario of SUKELCO’s supply and demand

Given this situation, SUKELCO devised a load curtailment scheme, popularly known as ‘rotational brownout schedule’. Daily schedules are uploaded on www.sukelco.com.ph and on SUKELCO Facebook Fanpage. Load curtailment schedule for a day may only be posted on the same day since NPC-PSALM and Therma Marine’s supply advisories are received from 10AM-5PM of the previous day.

NPC-PSALM, SUKELCO’s power source, was able to supply 22 mega watts (MW) annually from 2009 to 2011. However, due to privatization, this supply was reduced by 25% in 2012.

by Jezereel C. Billano (LGU-Information)