AboitizPower and its customers have expressed support for the government’s Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to help alleviate an expected energy shortfall next year.
Under the ILP, private sector participants will use their own generator sets (gensets) to supply their electricity needs during specified hours.
The government will subsidize companies enrolled in the ILP for running their own gensets when power reserves from the Luzon grid fall to critical levels.
According to AboitizPower, it has enlisted more than 70 customers to the ILP, 38 of which are under its retail electricity supply (RES) roster, or those firms directly sourcing electricity to the power company.
These commitments would reach about 96 MW in de-loading capacity, said AboitizPower.
De-loading is a planned reduction in the use of electricity from a power grid at specified times. It is a demand-side management system relief scheme that encourages firms with large electricity consumption (above 1MW) to run their own gensets whenever supply of electricity falls short of projected demand.
In 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 believes the ILP would be very helpful in addressing the projected power deficit. We know that it works,” said AboitizPower chief operating officer Antonio Moraza.
He added that the company has been successfully implementing the program at its business units.
Meanwhile, AboitizPower is now working closely with industry stakeholders including the Manila Electric Co. and the Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure that ILP protocols are in place in time for 2015.
AboitizPower is the holding company of the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services. The company owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.