Evelio Leonardia, mayor of Bacolod in the Philippines, has supported a petition to prevent the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) from purchasing power from Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC).

The National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms (Nasecor) filed a petition before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) asking it to order Ceneco to stop purchasing power from PEDC.

“We want to know the truth about the transaction considering that Ceneco has refused the offer by Green Core of a cheaper power cost and favoured PEDC, despite the big price difference,” said Leonardia. “People are suspecting that there might be an anomaly.”

He added that getting power from Green Core is easier because it is generated locally.

Nasecor claims that Ceneco and PEDC have been implementing a contract for the supply of power and charging the consumers the cost of electricity purchased without the prior consent of the ERC.

PEDC inaugurated a 164 MW coal fired power plant at Iloilo City on Panay island in April.

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