07 March 2015
from Manila Bulletin
Energy solutions provider GE Philippines has expressed readiness in providing the latest technologies and innovations in energy generation and distributed power, in support of the various initiatives that have been outlined by independent power producers and electricity distributors to help address the projected power insufficiency in the coming summer months.
“We listen to our customers in the power and energy sector, and understand their needs in order to propose the best available solution for their operations,” said GE Philippines chief executive officer Jocot de Dios at a recent roundtable discussion with energy media.
Paramount among these measures is the interruptible load program (ILP) for large commercial electricity consumers, where Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have already secured the commitment of more than 300 participants in the scheme, for a total capacity of 700-plus megawatts of power. Moreover, MERALCO is also relentless in its campaign geared toward consumers in terms of practical energy-saving measures as a way to contribute to lessening the load on the grid during the peak summer months, according to vice president and head of utility economics Lawrence Fernandez.
Philippine Independent Power Producers Association President (PIPPA) Luis Miguel Aboitiz also supports DOE and MERALCO’s campaign, saying “it would help prevent outages if demand could be lessened or at least kept stable during the critical period.” He also urged households, businesses and factories to curb electricity use during peak hours within the critical period.
With increasing awareness on sustainability, wind turbine and biomass solutions are viable technologies to help increase the contribution of renewable energy in the overall energy portfolio of the country, explained De Dios. “We also have an extensive menu of gas and steam power solutions that are available to our IPPs,” he said.