Sufficient power supply key to eco devt — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:58

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday told participants of a power forum that sufficient power supply is an indispensable strategy for the economic development of Zamboanga City and Region 9 as a whole.

“It is essential that Zamboanga City explores any  and all means available to have electricity supply sufficient to maintain its thrust for economic progress and a better life of our people,” Climaco said as she welcomed the participants to the Integrated Resource Assessment for Power Development Planning at the Garden Orchid Hotel yesterday morning.

The lady chief executive called on power stakeholders to come together to plan and effectively evaluate the full range of alternatives for an optimal mix of power generations, energy efficiency and conservation.

She also cited the importance of renewable energy in order to provide adequate power not only to Zamboanga City but the entire Zamboanga Peninsula as well, provided the power rates are within reach of the consumers.

“It is on this light,” Climaco explained, “that the Integrated Resource Assessment was conceptualized as a tool to aid that goal.” “But it needs the support of all sectors to include the power distribution utilities, large power consumers and local government units by providing the needed date for assessment.”

The mayor was hopeful for all the power stakeholders to achieve “our goals and let us continuously be partners in lighting homes and in creating ripples of change.”

The whole day multi-sectoral forum was organized by the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the United Nations Assistance for International Development (USAID) CEnergy Project.

The Integrated Resource Assessment (IRA) is a planning tool that will enable planning agencies such as MinDA, LGUs and more importantly electric cooperatives to have an accurate picture of the current power supply situation of a particular area.

It also allows to identify accurately the load profile of a certain area for a more robust and accurate power development planning. — Vic Larato