He reminded consumers to be conscientious electricity usersfollowing the increase in Ceneco rate beginning this month – by P1.0659 perkilowatt hour (kWh). He attributed the increase to the hike in generation, transmissionand system loss charges, subsidies, and value added tax. Conserve energy, said Jose Taniongon, officer-in-charge of theCentral Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco). Norman Pollentes, department manager of Ceneco Corporate Planning,clarified that all power contracts of Ceneco could not be implemented withoutthe approval of the ERC. BACOLOD City – Want to avoid paying high electricity bills? Taniongon said, “The rate for the billing month of December 2019is P10.4678/kWh, an increase of P1.0659/kWh from last month’s rate ofP9.4019/kWh.” In a related development, Ceneco held a press conference onWednesday with Wennie Sancho, secretary general of Power Watch-Negros (PowerWatch) in relation to Sancho’s letter to Ceneco board of directors dated Dec. 9seeking clarification on the alleged “power overcontracting” by Cenecowith some power generators. Hence, according to Sancho, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)opined that Kepco Salcon Power Corp. (KSPC) must be compensated by allowing therecovery of P232-million cost to maintain its financial viability. It added that for the interim period of 18 months, from Dec. 26,2014 to June 25, 2016, out of 262,800,000 kWh contracted energy, only139,284,000 kWh or 53 percent was utilized by the cooperative. He further stated that the adverse financial effect ofovercontracted power deals passed on to consumers reached to P547 million. “The ERC has the final say if there is overcontracting or not,”stressed Pollentes./PN He added that when the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001was implemented in 2010, Ceneco’s method of procurement was made through powersupply negotiation and through solicitation of competitive offers fromdifferent generators. Today, the process is competitive selection process, hestressed. Part of Sancho’s letter stated that from July 29, 2011 to Nov. 25,2013 Ceneco contracted 59,710,493 kWh of power equivalent to about P232 millionin excess of its actual requirement.
A spirited second half comeback from the Red Devils of Congo was thwarted by a last minute goal from Jordan Ayew as they shared honors with the Black Stars of Ghana on the grand opening of the magnificent Kintele stadium in Brazzaville.Goals from Harrison Afful and Richmond Boakye Yiadom put Avram Grant’s team on the front foot in the first half against their Congolese counterparts but they almost gave the game away as Claude Le Roy and his wards mounted a remarkable second half comeback.Grant was forced to draft in T.P Mazembe’s Daniel Nii Adjei and defender Lawrence Lartey from the Black Meteors to start the game against Claude Le Roy’s side and both players had an impact in the outcome especially Nii Adjei who operated well from midfield. With several key players rested on the bench,several of Grant’s starting line up were keen to make an impression on the boss as the Black Stars laid siege to the Congolese defensive third,creating chance after chance.The first of such chances was taken by defender and stand-in captain Harrison Afful who took advantage of lax defending to take advantage of Congo’s goalkeeper Mafoumbi.Nii Adjei’s influence was growing and he was behind the second goal as a thunderous drive from him was saved but fell to Richmond boakye Yiadom who scored his fifth international goal for the Black Stars in the 18th minute.Ghana rung the changes in the second half with Fatau Dauda replacing Razak Braimah in goal while Jordan Ayew also made an appearance. It was Congo however who grew stronger as the half wore on and they pulled a goal back in the 60th minute through Moubhio. With the partisan home crowd cheering them on,Congo poured forward in droves as Fatau Dauda and his defence worked to preserve Ghana’s lead. Avram Grant also replaced midfielder Bernard Mensah with Asamoah Gyan in a bid to stall the Congolese onslaught but it all came to nigh as the Congolese found the equaliser in the 85th minute through Dore.Jordan Ayew who had endured a week to forget after the story of his affair with team mate Afriyie Acquah’s wife was leaked came to the rescue of the team as he poked in an injury time winner to ensure Ghana will head off into its AFCON qualifier agaisnt Rwanda on September 5 full of confidence. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports