Sa totoo lang, sa dami't nag-uumapaw na mga power plant sa bansa, sobra-sobra na ang ating kakayahang makapag-generate ng kuryente. Anong ginagawa ng ating mga Geothermal energy sa Tiwi, sa Sorsogon, Bicol at Macban sa Laguna, sa Mt Apo, Davao at sa Tongonan, Leyte? Nakakalungkot isiping wala pa sa 30% ang napapakinabangan natin sa mga Geothermal energy-PNOC at ang 70% ay naitatapon lamang sa hangin, dagat at ilog.
Kung tututukan, ipa-priority at bibigyang lamang ng pagpapahalaga ng NAPOCOR, kayang-kaya nitong suplayan ang buong kapasidad na pangangailangang kuryente ng Luzon kundi man ng buong Pilipinas. Maliit lamang ang puhunang kapital sa pagpapatayo ng geothermal plant kung ikukumpara sa Hydroelectric, Coal at oil powered plant, "malinis pa, renewable energy at dahil sa singaw nito mamiminimized pa nito ang pagsabog ng mga bulkan!"
Maraming kumitang Tongresmen sa ni-railroad na batas na EPIRA (exposay ni Etta Rosales-Akbayan at Rene Magtubo - PM). Pinaniwala ang mamamayan na bababa ang kuryente, gaganda ang buhay ng mga Pilipino, mareresolba ang krisis sa kuryente at uunlad ang ekonomya ng Pilipinas dahil sa Epira. Ano ang nangyari, nagkanda-leche-leche ang buhay ng mga Pilipino, muling nare-elect ang mga Tongresmen, PUMANGATLO tayo sa may pinakamataas na singil ng kuryente sa buong ASIA, topnotcher ang Japan (ok lang yan, dahil mayaman sila, pangalawa ang Cambodia at pumangatlo ang Pinas) at pumangalawa tayo sa Asia sa pangungurakot,
Pangalawa; kahina-hinala ang pagkakasipa sa pwesto ni Sec Popo Lotilla ng Energy. Mukhang balak i-amyenda ang EPIRA at muling pagka-kotongan at Panghuli; hinawakan ni Cong Mikee Arroyo ang Energy Chair sa Congress, balak ibalik ang nakaka-pollute sa kalikasang COAL at OIL powered energy at mukhang uupakan ang mga Lopez-MERALCO, ang kinamumuhiang kaaway sa pulitika ni Ate Glo.
Kaduda-duda ang ikinikilos ng Malakanyang at mukhang pagkakakitaan na naman ng Kongreso ang ina-amplify sa madla na "krisis sa enerhiya na dulut daw ng kawalang ulan at bagyo." Saan ang direction ng energy crisis, ang LEGACY nito o "emergency power" uli kay Ate Glo? Ito ang dapat busisiin ng Senado't kasama ang mga NGOs, tulad ng FDC, mga electric cooperatives at ibang sektor ng mamamayan! - Doy / IPD
Kuha sa: www.napocor.gov.ph/.../Plant%20Pics/Tiwi.jpg)
FDC to utility companies:
27 July 2007
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) today warned utility companies from taking advantage of the reported water and power supply to justify their failures in delivery of service and future rate increases.
"While we recognize the effects of the below-than-normal rainfall, or drought, over the past two months to our water and power supply, we are equally alarmed over the possible implications of this issue and are calling on concerned government agencies to protect the interests of the people first before that of the water and power utilities," said FDC in a statement.
FDC cited the failure of water utilities in their service targets for installing water connections in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
"In 2004, the government had identified 212 waterless communities in Metro Manila alone and had targeted 2010 to finally address this problem. However, until now, majority of these communities are still suffering from absence of piped water supply," the FDC said.
The coalition also warned that the water shortage this year should not be used by the water utilities to conceal their failure to deliver their promise of 24-hour supply of water to those with piped water connection. In last year alone, Manila Water and Maynilad had to meet 94% and 97% of the 24-hour water supply respectively. Yet those with water connections only experienced an average of 16-hour a day water supply.
The advocacy group likewise believed that there is really no electricity shortage if we refer to the dependable capacity of both government and independent power producers. (Kuha sa: www.bancnet.net/.../
"Long brownouts should not be experienced in Luzon even in the coming days because we have a dependable capacity of 10,466 MW, as of end-2006, more than enough to supply Luzon 's peak demand of about 6,100 MW. Luzon only relies 17.3 percent or 1,812 MW of its dependable power capacity from hydropower plants," FDC said.
As regards the government's claim of lack of coal supply as one reason for power shortage, the group said: "The decline in power generation by Napocor's coal-fired power plants may not simply be an issue of lack of coal supply, but an issue of using a low quality of coal. The 300MW Calaca plant in Batangas has been experiencing a decline in its dependable capacity because of large number of forced outages or plant trippings due to shift of coal fuel usage from blended coal to full coal or Semirara coal."
The group further expressed fears that the report may be just being highlighted today to overshadow the issue on P1.25/kwh power rates increase being experienced by Meralco customers this month.
"We fear that the issue on power shortage is being used to cover up the recent electricity rate increase of P1.25/kWh by Meralco, the highest in the country; the continuous payment to government's and Meralco's onerous and expensive contracts with independent power producers (IPPs); and, the amendments in the implementing rules and regulations of EPIRA which was approved last June 21 by the Joint Congressional Power Commission, with the prodding of the Executive, that allowed the automatic cost recoveries of Meralco," said FDC.
"We call on the government to be more vigilant and punish the unscrupulous utilities that will be taking advantage of the situation to extract profits to their advantage," FDC said.