Guv wants LGUs to use ILP to prevent outages

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Friday, May 23, 2014


POWER generation companies assured Gov. Hilario Davide III that Cebu has sufficient supply so there would be no brownouts.

Still, Davide urged residents to conserve energy. After meeting with officials of power generation companies yesterday, he said he will tap the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Cebu to encourage local government units to adopt the Interruptible
Load Program (ILP) initiated by the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco).

Power reserves in the Visayas grid dropped to zero last Thursday due to the preventive maintenance of power plants in Leyte and those of the Cebu Energy Development Corp. in Toledo City, Cebu.

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May Melchor of the CEDC external affairs office said the unit that underwent preventive maintenance will resume operations today.

CEDC has three power plants with a capacity to produce 82MW a day each or a total of 246MW.

First Gen Corp.’s 37-megawatt (MW) plant in Tongonan, Leyte went back on line last Thursday.

It was not yet known when Panay Energy Development Corp.’s 82-MW plant, which recently underwent preventive maintenance, will become operational again.

Abner Bardoquillo, head of NGCP's Network Operation Division, said demand in Cebu reached 860 MW yesterday while supply was only 575 MW.

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The shortfall is addressed by supply from the Luzon grid, which can export about 250
MW.

In Metro Cebu, Veco did not have to implement rotational brownouts because of ILP, which allows participating companies to use their power generator sets so that they do not have to use Veco’s supply during peak hours.

“Cebu is never short of power supply,” said First Gen Corp. assistant vice president Ramon Corro. He said excess supply in Leyte is sent to the Cebu-Negros-Panay Grid.

He said their company in Tongonan Leyte, Green Core, is capable of producing a total
of 112.5 MW. Part of that is sent to Cebu, He said another company, Unified Leyte, can produce a total of 436 MW.

Corro said First Gen Corp. has a power plant in Negros Oriental with a production capacity of 217.5 MW.

First Gen accounts for 766 MW of the supply in the Visayas grid.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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