Mayor Beng declares ILP investment edict as urgent PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:19

By sheila covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco has declared as urgent a proposed ordinance granting incentives to businessmen who will enrol in the Interruptible Load Program-Time of Use (ILP-TOU) scheme that will help solve the crippling power situation in the city.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who is the acting mayor, said Climaco has declared the said measure as urgent to pave way for its swift passage in the City Council given the short time frame for the implementation of the ILP.

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.

Mayor Climaco earlier issued Executive Order BC 113-2015 enjoining the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (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.

Zamcelco is currently doing the legwork for the implementation of the ILP.

The mayor has expressed 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.”

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.

Rufo Pocholo Soliven, business sector representative said 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 in a recent interview.

The City’s power deficit is 24 megawatts. — Sheila Covarrubias