Power distributor Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) has inked a deal with the Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) under the government’s Interruptible Load Program (ILP).
Under the partnership, 10 Robinsons malls will be enrolled in the ILP program with a committed capacity of 31 megawatts (MW). The enrolled malls will be able to de-load from the National Grid and use their generator sets instead should there be supply deficiency and power interruptions.
ILP is a demand-side management program where major power users are encouraged to use their own generating sets “and collectively reduce electricity drawn from the grid when power interruptions are imminent to ration limited power supply.”
With the partnership, around 124,000 households and small businesses can be spared from unplanned power interruptions.
“Robinsons Malls has always been a steadfast partner of the government and fully supports the ILP program to help address power and energy contingency requirements, should the need arise,” RLC executive vice president Faraday Go said in a statement.
Among the participating malls include; Robinsons Place Malolos, Robinsons Town Malabon, Robinsons Place Manila Main and Midtown, Robinsons Place Las Pinas, Robinsons Place Antipolo, Robinsons Magnolia-Extension, Robinsons General Trias, Robinsons Galleria South, and Robinsons Tagaytay Summit.
“We continue to enjoin our large load customers to participate in ILP so that, in the eventuality of a crisis, we have the contingencies in place to prevent brownouts. Fortunately, the projections on the dips in power supply did not affect much of our customers, as we always find ways and means to anticipate our customers’ needs,” MERALCO chief commercial officer Ferdinand Geluz said.
RLC now joins the 121 companies under the MERALCO franchise area enrolled under the ILP totaling a de-loading capacity of around 552 MW.