Initial ILP will reduce brownouts by 1 hour PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2015 17:47

By  Claudine Uniana

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday motored to two of the city’s canning companies to lead the ceremonial switch on of generator sets paving the way for the initial implementation of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) scheme, an immediate solution to the crippling power situation in the city.
The mayor powered on the 1.2MW genset at the Permex Producer & Exporter Corporation and the 3MW genset at Ayala Seafoods Company which will jointly help reduce power curtailment in the city by one hour.
Several other business establishments are expected to enroll in the ILP program, implemented by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO), in the days to come that will further decrease the power deficit. In return, the participating business establishments will be compensated through an incentive program formalized through a City Council ordinance.
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. The de-loaded energy will then be diverted to residential areas. The scheme is expected to produce enough energy to significantly reduce the power shortage in the city, thereby decreasing the duration of rotational power outages.
The mayor was joined by City Investment and Promotions Officer Marie Angelique Go, representatives from the two companies and Zamcelco and other stakeholders.
The mayor had earlier issued an executive order enjoining ZAMCELCO to exhaust all means to implement the ILP plan to minimize power outages in the city.
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. 4MW of deficit is equivalent to one hour rotational brownout.  — Claudine Uniana