Climaco thanks businesses in ILP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:55

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed her gratitude to the members of the business sector who have signified their interest and willingness to be part of the proposed Interruptible Load Program (ILP).

“Allow me to say thank you to those who have volunteered and those that would want to volunteer. It is really a partnership between the business community, the investments [division] as well as the City Government and ZAMCELCO,” Climaco said of the ILP scheme during her press briefing Monday morning.

The chief executive said the voluntary move of the business sector to participate in the ILP is a way to reduce the number of power interruptions hours in the City without putting additional burdens on other consumers.

According to Pedro Rufo Soliven, business sector representative to the Regional Development Council, the ILP scheme has the potential to cut down power interruptions to less than four hours by temporarily removing peak loaders from the grid.

“We have already identified around 16 MW coming from the private sector. The idea is to de-load all these peak loaders, they will be coming out of the grid, so that the 16 MW can be diverted to residential areas,” he said.

ZAMCELCO General Manager Engr. George Ledesma earlier disclosed that the City is experiencing a power deficit of 24 MW.

The ILP is a demand-side management solution regarded as one of the countermeasures meant to help mitigate the projected power supply strain in the summer months of 2015. It works by calling on consumers with loads of at least 1MW to run their own generator sets during peak hours instead of drawing power from the grid.

Towards this end, Climaco issued Executive Order BC 113-2015 enjoining ZAMCELCO to exhaust all means to implement the ILP in a bid to reduce the six-hour daily rotational power interruptions in the City.

It further directed the Investment and Promotions division of the City Government to study and recommend incentives that could be extended to consumers who will participate in the ILP.

“The beauty of this ILP, we are coming in together to offer a solution, instead of being part of the problem,” concluded Soliven. — Jasmine Mohammadsali