Meralco to retain 800-MW ILP capacity

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The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will retain the 800-megawatt (MW) capacity from Interruptible Load Program (ILP) participants to prepare for the dry months, according to Meralco Chairman Manuel Pangilinan.

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“Perhaps, it will be still around the figure from last year,” he said.

Meralco had a total ILP capacity of 827 MW last year, which works with establishments or industries de-loading power consumption through generator sets. They are paid for reducing the demand.

The chairman explained Meralco will not seek more participants, as many power plants will come online in the Luzon grid.

Meralco president and chief executive Oscar Reyes said the distribution utility will also re-orient and prepare the participants for dry runs.

Pangilinan, however, said the demand for the dry months will depend on the completion of construction projects.

He explained the second half of 2016 will likely follow the trend last year, with power demand spiking due to the numerous projects completed.

The distribution utility earlier stressed the highest demand for the year occurs during the dry months, since consumers tend to use more cooling appliances.

Meralco operates in Luzon, with 5.8 million customers in its franchise area.

PNA

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