By Alena Mae S. Flores
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla is in talks with officials of Abra Electric Cooperative to avert power outage in the province.
Sources said Petilla deferred a move by the National Electrification Administration to intervene and take over Abreco, which has been facing disconnection for failure to pay its debts to Aboitiz Power Corp.
Aboitiz Power disconnected Abreco on Dec. 10 and reconnected it on Dec. 11, after the electric cooperative paid part of the arrears. Aboitiz Power issued another notice of disconnection on Dec. 17 but did not implement it in consideration of the Christmas season.
“Government is exploring. We’re looking at options, emergency powers of the President for example, but it may take time. They may have brownouts for two weeks before we can resolve this and you can’t live for two weeks without power,” Petilla said earlier.