BAGUIO CITY – – The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) inaugurated last week a new 50 mega – volts ampere transformer in its North Sanitary Camp Barangay substation in continuing efforts to improve its services.
The event Thursday was graced by BENECO officials headed by General Manager Gerardo Versoza, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines District 2 OIC Florendo De Luna and Baguio Congressman Nicasio Aliping Jr.
Versoza said that the new transformer assures of consumers enough power supply despite the continuing increase in demand which he puts at around 3 percent per year of its actual load, and goes as high as 70 megawatts on peak days.
The 50 MVA transformer can also help lessen power outage during BENECO’s regular maintenance work, he added.
“Hopefully, we will be able to improve reliability as when our engineers conduct preventive maintenance there will now be an alternate power source that maybe provided”, Versoza said.
In further ensuring stable power supply, Versoza also disclosed that BENECO is looking into establishing an underground power system initially for Baguio’s Central Business District (CBD).
“We are looking into around 11 kilometers of underground system from this source that we hope to present to the Board (of Directors) by June. Once in place the underground system will ensure least disturbance (power outage) even during the typhoon season”, he explained.
Assuring continuing power within the CBD will ensure ease of doing business, as well as continuing service to the consuming public, he added./JDP/CCD and Lauren Alimondo – PIA/SLU Intern