THE Department of Energy (DOE) called on more companies to join the government’s Interruptible Load Program (ILP), which seeks to ease looming power shortage this summer.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla reported that Manila Electric Co. was able to sign up 38 companies willing to go off-grid, freeing about 197.55 megawatts (MW).
Meralco’s three largest participants include SM Prime Holding Inc. (57.96 MW), Robinsons Land Corp. (23.15 MW) and Waltermart Malls (14.30 MW).
In addition, there have been expressions of commitment for signing between the Contestable Customers and the respective Retail Electricity Suppliers (RES) at 408 MW.
The Retail Electricity Suppliers Association (RESA) is also in talks with 12 other firms with an estimated total de-loading capacity of 36.4 MW.
While AboitizPower’s Retail Electricity Supply (RES) already secured the commitment of 42 contestable customers to join the ILP with a total 102 megawatt (MW) de-loading capacity.
Combining all the committed de-loading capacities, the ILP will have a total 707.5 MW, a bit closer to the Congress’ estimates of a maximum projected supply shortfall of 782 MW from March to July 2015.
According to Congress, the 782 MW is for the required regulating reserve (135 MW) and the required contingency reserve (647 MW) during the summer months this year.
The DOE has given private genset owners until January 31, 2015 to register for the program to qualify for reimbursement from the government for fuel expenses and other costs.