Pledges to offset power outages


The Department of Energy yesterday reported that it secured pledges from private and public companies to use their power generating sets to free 792 megawatts from the Luzon grid during the expected crisis months of summer.

Enrollment to the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) reached over 792 megawatts (MW), more than enough to cover the expected shortfall of 782MW from March to July 2015.

DOE said 56 companies using power from Manila Electric Co. committed to deload 227.82 MW, 173 members of Retail Electricity Suppliers Association (RESA) pledged 460.85 MW.

AboitizPower’s Retail Electricity Supply (RES) already secured the commitment of 42 contestable customers to join the ILP with a total 102 MW deloading capacity.

The House of Representatives also committed 1.7 MW of deloading capacity as part of its effort to mitigate the power shortfall.

This brings to 792.37 MW the total committed deloading capacity, more than 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 to register for the program to qualify for reimbursement from the government for fuel expenses and other costs.

As early as December 2013, the DOE has called on the Meralco for the introduction of the ILP as a last resort to thwart the anticipated power shortage.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla has been calling for the adoption of energy efficient practices to address the power problem.

With the ongoing progress of the ILP, the DOE is set to ramp up the importance of energy efficiency and conservation to address the short and long term power requirements of the country.

The DOE also expresses their gratitude for the growing list of ILP Participants and will continue to facilitate and monitor the program.

The ILP is a program that encourages heavy electricity consumers such as shopping malls, condominiums and companies to run their own generator sets to ease demand from the grid.

Energy Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada said those who failed to enroll in the ILP and will be directed by the government to use their generators during peak season will not be reimbursed by the government.


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