It is sad that Central Negros Electric Cooperative’s “independent” third party Bids and Awards Committee chose dirty coal over a measly 2.79 centavos difference, with no apparent consideration for reliability, “outage allowance” issues and variable costs, former governor Rafael “Lito” Coscolluela said Wednesday, June 9.
It did not consider the province’s preference for clean renewable energy consistent with its “Green Economy” thrust, Coscolluela, Negros Occidental provincial consultant on energy an environment affairs, said.
“The CENECO Board also prefers clean, renewable power (for many right reasons) but can’t exercise its own discretion,” he added.
“The Department of Energy needs to rethink the “rules” and act favorably on Ceneco’s appeal. Negros wants clean power; let’s support the transition to renewable energy,” he said.*