More participants sign up for ILP
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Posted by: Webmaster
By Iris C. Gonzales
MANILA, Philippines - Power utility giant Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), and the Department of Energy (DOE) continue to draw in more participants for the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) which would help ease projected blackouts this summer.
As of Jan. 20, total committed capacity under the ILP has reached 685.07 megawatts from customers of Meralco and contestable customers or those with a monthly electricity demand of at least one megawatt and who can source their power supply from retail electricity suppliers.
Of the 685.07 MW, 224.22 MW are from Meralco customers and 460.85 MW are from contestable customers.
Meralco is still eyeing potential commitments of 233.30 MW from its customers and contestable customers.
The latest figure, however, is still below the 1,000-MW target but the DOE and Meralco continue to talk to more potential participants.
Under the ILP scheme, big power users will be asked to run their own generators when supply is short in the summer months, instead of getting their power from the Luzon grid. In exchange, they will be compensated for their fuel costs.