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December 22, 2014

SUN STAR DAILY CEBU: 145 large firms in Luzon sign up for ILP

AT LEAST 145 large companies in Luzon have pledged to run their standby generator sets this summer so that other consumers may have adequate supply of electricity amid a menacing power shortage, House Deputy Minority Leader and LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty said yesterday.

“Once the 145 firms drive their backup generators, some 603 megawatts (MW) of supply from the Luzon grid will be freed and available for use by smaller businesses and homes,” said Ty, a senior member of the House energy committee.

Power load

Ty said the 38 big customers of the Manila Electric Co. plus 107 clients of retail electricity suppliers have enlisted in the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) of the Department of Energy (DOE) as of Dec. 12, 2014.

Under the ILP, participants with loads of at least one MW each – mostly industrial facilities, shopping malls as well as office and residential skyscrapers – will be asked to disconnect from the grid and run their standby generators, once the supply of electricity is expected to fall short of demand.

The ILP guarantees other consumers – those without any self-generating capacity – ample electricity despite potential supply deficiencies. (PR)

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