8 electric coops help avoid power crisis

by Freddie Lazaro, December 26, 2014
from Manila Bulletin

Santiago, Ilocos Sur — Eight electric cooperatives (ECs) from the Cordillera and Ilocos regions aggregated their electricity requirement for the next two decades to anticipate the looming power crisis.

A total of 103 megawatts (MW) were committed to be pooled in by the electric cooperatives from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga-Apayao, La Union, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, Benguet and Abra.

The 103 MW is considered as the pooled “uncontracted” base load demand of the nine ECs from 2019 to 2039.

General Manager Egdon Sabio of the Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO) yesterday said that the idea of combining the energy requirement of the eight ECs in Northern Luzon was realized to attract power generation investors and to avoid a power crisis in the future.

“If the electric coops are helping one another by combining their power requirement; we could purchase it with lower price from the power generation sector and at the same the power generation power sector have also assured a ready market for the energy it produced,” Sabio explained.

It was learned that the “base load demand” referred to the forecasted minimum capacity of power for a distribution utility should provide for its customers.

Out from the committed power demand, 7 MW is for Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco); 14 MW for Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco); Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) – 51 MW; ISECO – 7 MW; Kalinga – 5 MW; La Union -8 MW; Mountain Province – 8  MW; and Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (PANELCO) III – 10 MW.

At present, ISECO has a minimum power requirement of 37 MW but it will reach up to 42 MW in the peak season, which happens every second quarter of the year.

Sabio advised the consumers in Ilocos Sur to save electricity to help resolve the Automatic Load Dropping (ALD) or the so-called sudden brownout caused by the abrupt increase of power demand.

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