ERC probes power outages

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    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is investigating complaints filed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas with the Office of the President (OP) on the threat to public safety old electric posts owned by Panay Electric Co. (PECO).

    ERC conducted a hearing last week and received a briefing from the Bureau of Fire Protection on alleged safety violation incidents involving PECO.

    The new distribution utility, More Electric and Power Corp., raised the issue of several poles that were hit by fire caused power outages in Iloilo City.

    Treñas asked the OP to direct the ERC to address complaints against PECO, listing down nine incidents of fire that hit the latter’s electricity poles from October 19 to 21.

    “While the attention of PECO had been repeatedly called (by the Office of the City Mayor) to address the (complaints), the city is still plagued by the same problems,” Treñashe said in his complaint.

    He added the ERC investigation coincides with another investigation by the Department of Energy into the twin power blackouts that hit the entire Panay Island and parts of Negros Island from Monday to Wednesday last week.