TO EASE POWER SUPPLY

42 companies agree to go off grid

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AboitizPower Corp. yesterday reported that 42 corporate customers which have their own power generators have agreed to go off-grid during peak hours to help stabilize supply during the summer ‘crisis’ months.

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The 42 local and multinational companies, which are contestable customers of AboitizPower’s Retail Electricity Supply (RES), have committed to a total of 102 megawatts de-loading capacity under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).

The country expects a shortfall of 782 megwatts from March to July this year.

At least 135 MW is needed to meet the required regulating reserve while 647 MW is needed for the required contingency reserve. Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the House energy committee, has said 800 MW has been committed by various companies that have signed up for the ILP.

The AboitizPower clients include Procter and Gamble Philippines, Wyeth Philippines, Jollibee Foods Corp., Samsung Electro Mechanics Philippines Corp., Amkor Technology Phils., Asia Brewery Inc., Monde Nissin Corp., among others.

AboitizPower’s Distribution Utilities Visayan Electric Company (VECO), Subic Enerzone and Lima Enerzone are also contributing an additional 75 MW of de-loading capacity from their 38 customers.

Through these pledges, AboitizPower and its customers can now contribute a total of 177 MW de-loading capacity to the Department of Energy’s ILP to help alleviate an expected power shortfall this summer.

The ILP is a demand-side management/system relief scheme of the government that encourages customers with large electricity consumption (above 1 MW) to run their own generation sets whenever power supply falls short of projected demand.

Under this scheme, enlisted customers are asked to isolate themselves from the grid to re-direct electricity to other areas in the Distribution Utilities franchise to ensure continuous supply of power.

AboitizPower president and chief operating officer Antonio Moraza said they are committed to finding solutions to address the expected power supply shortage during the summer months of 2015.

“We thank our customers for their positive response to our call by supporting the ILP,” said Moraza.

AboitizPower aims to get more support for ILP from the rest of its RES and DU customers, including from Mactan and Balamban Enerzones, tapping a potential 143 MW worth of additional de-loading capacity to be available for this year’s critical months.

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