Council supports Beng’s order on ILP PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:21

The City Council during its session yesterday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the executive order issued by Mayor Beng Climaco enjoining the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to implement the Interruptible Load Program Time of Use (ILP-TOU) as an immediate solution to the power outage problem in the city.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde said the august body fully supports the mayor in her initiative to enlist the help of the business community through Zamcelco to help resolve the worsening power problem.

The ILP –TOU is a program aimed to de-load big loaders from the grid to divert power to residential houses. A minimum of 16megawatts to 20 megawatts are expected to be produced that will sufficiently reduce the current deficit of 24 megawatts.

Rufo Pedro Soliven, private sector representative in the Regional Development Council said the ILP-TOU is an initiative whereby the private sector and the government  sector are coming together to offer solutions to the pressing power problem in the city.

If the program will materialize the deficit will be reduced to only 4megawatts which is equivalent to only two hours brownout daily, according to Soliven.

The resolution was authored by Councilor Cesar Jimenez Jr. and approved by all the members present during the session Tuesday, according to Iturralde.

Mayor Climaco no Monday issued Executive BC113-2015 enjoining the Zamboanga City electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) to exhaust all means to implement the IPL in a bid to address the prolonged outages in the city. Likewise the order enjoins the cooperative to coordinate with participating customers for the efficient and effective implementation of the ILP in the city in accordance with appurtenant laws, rules and regulations and other related issuances by competent authorities.

The chief executive has also directed the City Investment and Incentives Board to immediately convene, study and recommend incentives that could be extended to Zamcelco customers who will participate in the ILP, of which the implementation is temporary in nature.

Under the ILP-TOU scheme, the participating business establishments will be compensated through an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) circular. The program is expected to be implemented for a period of one and a half months, afterwhich other alternative measures will be in place as well as the onset of the rainy season.

Per initial computations by the Zamcelco, the amount to be passed on to the consumers will be approximately P1.50 per day. — Sheila Covarrubias