ILP kicks off today with 4 companies PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2015 16:48

By Sheila Covarrubias

The Interruptible Load Program (ILP) will officially kick off today, May 14 with the ceremonial switch-on of generator sets of four industrial companies that is expected to save at least 4-5 megawatts power.

This means a reduction in the duration of blackouts by one hour.

The decision to jumpstart the ILP scheme, a short term or immediate solution to the present power crisis besetting the city and other parts of Mindanao, came about during a meeting Wednesday afternoon between Mayor Beng Climaco, Zamcelco personnel led by Board President Omar Sahi, business groups, Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority Chair Chris Arnuco and other city government officials.

The four companies initially participating in the program are Permex Producer and Exporter Corp., Philippine International Development Inc. (PHIDCO), Mega Fishing Corp. and Ayala Sea Foods Corp.

Mayor expressed gratitude to the initial participants to the ILP scheme saying this is their way of expressing support to the local government, as she acknowledged the sacrifice that the business group will be doing.

The ILP is a demand-side management solution regarded as one of the countermeasuyres 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.

Earlier Mayor Climaco 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. Business groups that will be participating in the ILP scheme will be granted incentives and the ordinance for this purpose has already been approved after the mayor certified it urgent.

Climaco acknowledges that there are problems in the city’s power supply but stressed that her administration never stops looking for alternative solutions to the problem. “In times like these, we appeal for your understanding and continued support. Be assured though we are taking steps slowly but surely to avert the power outages.”

The city’s current power requirement is 90MW but the current supply reaches only 66MW leaving a deficit of 24MW which is equivalent to 6 hours rotational brownouts daily.

The ILP is a short term solution where a total of 15 business and industrial companies initially enrolled in the loading shedding program that will generate a minimum of 10MW. The long term solutions include the additional power supply, rehabilitation of plants and capacity sharing among grids.

Also present during the meeting at the Zamcelco Board Conference Room in Putik were City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon, City Investment and Promotions Officer Apple Go, Engr. Remuel Aca-ac, EA-1 head and in-charge of ILP, Pocholo Soliven- private sector representative to the Regional Development Council (RDC), Michael Lim of Mega Fishing, Edwin To representing Ciudad Medical, Edgar Lim of Permex,  Andrew Wee of Phidco, Eugene Viray of Ligo Sardines and numerous others. — Sheila Covarrubias