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Abreco addresses systems loss problems

BANGUED, Abra – The Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) has spent P189,211,736.26 for technical services for the past five years specifically for system loss reduction, improvement of power quality, and upgrade of distribution system.

General manager Loreto P. Seares Jr. said the funds spent on technical services from 2008 to the current year were generated by Abreco and not from loans as some quarters had been speculating.

He reported that P189 million was used by the Engineering Department of Abreco on overhead distribution line that included the rehabilitation of distribution line such as the re-conducting by replacement of undersized conductors and conversion of bare wires to insulated wires; and rehabilitation of damaged distribution line caused by typhoons, refurbishment of old and dilapidated wood poles.

Likewise, the long single phase line was converted into a three-phase line, thereby extending the primary lines in order to be relieved from the over-extended secondary lines.

Installation of protective devices and isolation switches such as circuit recloser, by-pass switches, fuse-cutouts and automatic voltage regulators were also done, including clearing of rights-of-way to minimize systems loss.

Seares said accidents often occur due to overloaded transformers, and Abreco is left with no choice but to either install new distribution transformers or replace those that are already overloaded in order to split and balance the loads.

Systems loss is further mitigated by conducting an effective metering, he said. This was carried out through massive inspection, modification, and calibration of defective meters to avoid pilferages, provision of Kv2c meter for big loads, installation of primary and secondary metering and resealing of meters.

He also said the sub-transmission from the town of Bangued to Dolores is under construction to further upgrade the power distribution system of Abreco. (Tess Beñas)



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15 thoughts on “Abreco addresses systems loss problems

  1. members tend to speculate if there are no transparency in every undertakings

    Posted by paloy plotter | August 9, 2012, 1:02 am
  2. There are actually many ways in reducing system’s loss in an electric distribution utility. One method that does not need expensive investments is through load balancing. This method is very effective especially in three phase system. To know more on reducing system’s loss, you can check out this link.


    Posted by xoxoi | August 9, 2012, 11:49 pm
  3. People in Abra knows where the money goes and there is no one to blame but the people who are in control with the Cooperative. Embezzlement of its funds if you may like it to know.

    Posted by Josef | August 11, 2012, 3:29 pm
  4. I like the comment posted by xoxoi. But you see fellow commentators, system loss problem is not only seen in technical side but should also be viewed in overspending of funds, unreanable use of electric power in the office and quarters of the manager, to much traveling allowances claimed by Mr David Guzman, president of the board and A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM provincial office, unnecessary SUVs issued to the heads of the departments, too much gasoline spent to let the SUVs running, maintenance of the so many SUVs of manager jun seares, salaries and wages of hundreds of employees doing nothing inside the manager’s office and the worst thing is… the MOOE of the mistresses of manager seares. Do you twant more? The employment of the manager’s sisters in law, brothers, close relatives receiving extra allowances and keeping key position without considering the educational attainment of said employees.

    Posted by Romeo Astudillo | August 13, 2012, 2:27 pm
    • no agpayso amin daguitoy nga imbagam apo astudillo,kaawatan ngarud nga adda madi nga aramid ti taga COA nga assigned ti ABRECO!.ta kasano nga MAKALUSOT ket adda met AUDIT? baka ti na assign didiay ket tay BULSEK nga AUDITOR!

      Posted by KARASAKAS | August 13, 2012, 11:38 pm
  5. No one to be blamed but the board of directors why abreco acts like a kingdom with oil refinery. they should represent the members in the deliberation of coop expenditures but it seems they are all in connivance to enrich themselves.

    Posted by One eye jack | August 14, 2012, 8:34 am
  6. tinakaw amin dayta manager ti abreco jun seares. saan na pay kayat ti agpaelection ti board of directores ta masukatan koma met dagita pada na nga agtatakaw

    Posted by bembol | August 16, 2012, 5:25 pm
  7. Wow, you spent Php189 M plus for system improvement & loss reduction for the last five years but it seem there is no improvement on the services of abreco (bassit la a todo wenno angin ” brownout”). agang angaw ka manager, dakami a member consumer saan kami a mamati a naggapu ti generated funds dayta kunam nga Php189 M no di ket in yutang yo ti abreco, ania ti epecto na daytoy ipasa yo manen kadagiti consumers ti abreco ti singir ti kuryente pati interest ken dadduma pay a charges.

    Mamatiak kadagitoy commentario da, Dayta imbagam a system loss reduction yo mano kadi ti porsiento ti nag-improban ti system loss ti abreco ken ania ti cost benefit analysis na.

    kitaem manager diay website the National Electrification Administration wenno NEA (www.nea.gov.ph) makitam ti standing ti amin a electric cooperative ditoy pilipinas. Abreco ti naudi ken saan nga agisubsubmit ti monthly financial & statistical report (mfsr), kayatna sawen daytoy ilemlemmeng mo what is the real score regarding the financial situation of ABRECO. uray pay no under ti CDA ti abreco obligado ti NEA nga imonitor na kayo.

    Iti amin daytoy nga ar aramiden manager, ket mismanagement & corruption, mahiya naman kayo sa mga abreco consumers.

    Posted by kapoy | August 17, 2012, 12:25 am
  8. kaso mga walanghiya sila kapoy at lahat tayo winalang hiya nila. 189 million ang winaldas nila kulang pa pati pamilya nila pambayad sa impiyerno sa kabuktutan at pagnanakaw na halos ang karamihan naghihikaos para lamang mabayaran nila ang kanilang obligasyon sa abreco pero sa kabila naman ng lahat nilalamon ang mga pamilyang buwaya…nakakahiya at nakapandidiri kayo!

    Posted by josef | August 17, 2012, 9:38 pm
    • Electric coops in 5 provinces face disconnection on mounting debt
      By: Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo, InterAksyon.com
      September 17, 2012 6:48 PM

      MANILA – A number of electric cooperatives across the country face disconnection from the grid because of their mounting debts, the Department of Energy said on Monday.

      In a press conference, Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras said electric cooperatives in Lanao del Sur, Albay, Isabela, Abra and Camarines Sur have amassed bulk of over P13 billion in debts of electric cooperatives.

      “Electric cooperatives cannot pay because they are not being run properly,” he said.

      The debt is owed to National Power Corp., Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. and the National Electrification Administration.

      These electric cooperatives risk being cut off from electricity supply as the DOE vowed not to step in on their behalf. 

      “We have been telling the [electric cooperatives] since day one that days of free electricity is not around anymore because there is no free electricity because we have privatized the cost of generating capacities,” Almendras said.

       “If they cannot pay up what they are supposed to pay, then I’m sorry, not even the Secretary of the DOE can stop the disconnection,” he said.

      Besides the threat of disconnection, Almendras said electric cooperatives’ poor operations and collections are hampering power projects in the country.

      According to DOE estimates, at least a dozen proposed power plants have stalled because their proponents have had a hard time securing financing for their respective projects.

      “None of them are moving because they cannot achieve financial closing unless they can show an acceptable off take arrangement [or supply deal with distribution utilities],” Almendras said.

      To improve the operations of electric cooperatives, lawmakers need to pass legislation amending the charter of the NEA, he said.

      Posted by Po | September 17, 2012, 10:58 pm
  9. Apo damag ko laeng kasano nga masukatan ti manager ti ABRECO??

    Posted by Amandeep | January 2, 2013, 11:38 pm

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