ILP proven effective vs. shortage

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


THE Visayan Electric Company (Veco) has said that if consumers within its franchise area can save power equivalent to 10 megawatts (MW), it can already serve 45,000 power consumers, which may prevent power outage when the supply is lower than the demand.

Speaking at the launching of Cebu Unplugged, an advocacy to conserve energy, Veco chief operations officer Sebastian Lacson said the power shortage a couple of weeks ago was less felt in Cebu because of the cooperation of the people.

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Lacson was proud that their interruptible load program (ILP) was effectively implemented during the recent power shortage, ensuring continued power supply to the consumers and less power outages.

The successful implementation of the program led Veco to present the “Kasangga Awards” to the Cebu Provincial Capitol and 22 big establishments that had an interruptible load agreement with the power utility firm and generated power using their own generators during the power shortage.

Awardees

These are Cemex Philippines (manufacturer of Apo cement), Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Bambi Edible Oil, Marco Polo Plaza, Chong Hua Hospital, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Casino Español de Cebu, Elizabeth Mall, Cola-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Parkmall, Innodata, J. King and Sons Company, Gaisano Country Mall, Lucky Table Ware, Oakridge Business Park, Robinson’s Land Corp., San Miguel Corp., SM City Cebu, Universal Feed Mill Corp., Metro Department Stores and Supermarket and Ayala Center Cebu.

The event also took time to promote Veco’s Cebu Unplugged campaign, an advocacy encouraging the public to adopt eight ways to save energy at home.

In his speech, Gov. Hilario Davide III said Cebu Unplugged is a good way for people to understand the importance of electricity in our lives.

“If we all join the power conservation program like Cebu Unplugged, we ensure that power is available all the time”, Davide said.

Lacson suggested to parents to use their children as “conservation agents” so that when they realize the importance of conserving energy, they will not waste electricity at home.

Veco has tied up with Geiser-Maclang Marketing Communications for the Cebu Unplugged campaign.

Conserving tips

Geiser-Maclang assistant vice president Amor Maclang introduced simple ways to conserve energy that they hope to encourage the public to practice.

Maclang said that electronics and appliances continue sapping energy while plugged in, even when it is switched off. She explained that unplugging appliances can chop off 10 to 15 percent of regular energy consumption.

She encouraged homeowners to regularly clean their refrigerators, saying frost build-up and dirty coils force the compressors to work harder and use up more electricity.

For those using air conditioners, she encouraged the use of window curtains to block out the sun’s heat. This reduces energy costs by up to 25 percent. She added that consumers can even save more by sealing gaps where warm can enter a room.

Other tips include having a full load when using the washing machine, use gas-powered stoves and ovens, use fans over air conditioners and choose energy efficient appliances.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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