ILP spares Cebu from brownouts; guv to meet with power players

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


DESPITE the continuing power shortage in the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) grid, no rotational brownouts were implemented in Cebu yesterday.

Visayan Electric Company (Veco) corporate communications manager Theresa Sederiosa said this was because its interruptible load program (ILP) helped lessen the power deficit.

The overall peak demand for the entire Visayas (Regions 6, 7 and 8) yesterday was 1,550 MW while total power generated as of 2:40 pm was 1,515 MW.

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Sederiosa said the peak demand yesterday for the entire CNP grid reached 447 MW; Veco’s share of the curtailment was 15 MW.

“We got 30 MW from Luzon and there were no rotational power outages because the ILP covers the shortage,” Sederiosa said.

Despite this, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III wants to meet with power stakeholders this Friday to douse off the public’s growing apprehension on the coming dry spell.

Davide said he wants to be assessed of the power supply in Cebu. He also called on consumers to do their share by conserving energy.

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Sederiosa said yesterday that private companies in Cebu that signed up for the ILP have resumed operating their power generation sets to cover the shortage.

There are 26 big companies that have signed up for Veco’s ILP; these companies operate their own power generation sets once power shortage in times of a power shortage to spare other customers from longer or more frequent outages.

The shortage began several days ago because of the preventive maintenance of four power plants in Leyte, Iloilo and Cebu.

Sederiosa said the NGCP has not yet advised them on how long the preventive maintenance will last.

Meanwhile, Davide yesterday announced that the bulk water supply project will make its “maiden distribution” this September.

Davide said this was relayed to him by officials of the Cebu Manila Water Development, Inc. (CMWD) who visited him recently. CMWD will supply water to Metro Cebu by tapping water from the Carmen river.

The P702-million Cebu bulk water project will extract 35,000 cubic meters of runoff water daily from Luyang river and have it processed for distribution to households.

Weather Specialist Jomar Eclarino has said that the dry spell will be felt in the third quarter of this year and will continue until the first quarter of next year.

Davide is hopeful that the additional water supply would help cushion the impact of El Niño.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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