Veco misses power savings target

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


METRO Cebu’s main power distributor revealed that it failed to reach last year’s target during the annual Earth Hour observance last Saturday.

But officials of the Visayan Electric Company (Veco) said that one cause for failing last year’s target of 11, 015 kilowatts was the rise of the peak demand during the summer.

Ma. Theresa Sederiosa, Veco corporate communications manager, told Sun.Star Cebu that as of last Saturday night, they were able to save about 1,955 KW during Earth Hour.

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She said that this year’s load drop is significantly less compared to the previous year’s. But she added that in 2012, they experienced a low load drop of 2, 777 KW.

But Sederiosa explained that some factors contributing to the low load drop monitored during this year’s Earth Hour was the increase in the peak demand due to the arrival of the summer months.

Sederiosa said an inadequate information drive about Earth Hour also contributed to the low load drop.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas earlier urged the public to participate in this year’s Earth Hour activities in light of the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda last year.

Local government units such as the cities of Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay also organized their own activities to commemorate Earth Hour.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2014.

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