by Lenie Lectura, February 2, 2015
THE Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) continues to encourage potential Interruptible Load Program (ILP) participants to sign up with the utility firm amid the lapse of an earlier deadline.
Under House Joint Resolution 21, the last day of registration for the ILP was on January 31. “We will defer to the legislature on any new date that maybe set in the final Joint Resolution. Still, we encourage all interested customers to sign up as soon as possible to allow for enough time for preparations ahead of the summer season,” Meralco Utility Economics Head Larry Fernandez said in a text message.
As of January 8 Meralco has signed up a Committed Interruptible Load of 209.72 megawatts (MW) from ILP participants and is eyeing a potential 54.72 MW more.
There were 45 ILP participants with 163 services, Fernandez added.
The five largest participants are SM Prime Holdings Inc. (57.96 MW); Robinsons Land Corp. (23.15 MW); Waltermart Malls (14.30 MW); Ayala Land Inc. (9 MW); and Rustans Supercenters Inc. (8.66 MW).
Meralco awaits more ILP participants. “We will continue to invite as many participants as we can. We have also been working with Peza [Philippine Economic Zone Authority] to enable locators in the Cavite public economic zone to join the program,” Fernandez added. ILP works by calling on business customers with loads of at least 1 MW to run their own generator sets, if needed, instead of drawing power from the grid.
With the ILP, power supply from the grid that will not be consumed by participating customers will be available for use by other customers within the franchise area. Through this, the aggregate demand for power from the system will be reduced to a more manageable level, helping ensure the availability of supply during the anticipated power crisis next year.
The program will only be part of the answer to the looming power shortages next summer. The ILP likewise does not guarantee zero brownouts, as it will only be implemented during the red alert level of the power supply.
A red alert means there is a supply deficiency.