Monday, November 24, 2014
Philippines: IRRI participates in power consumption reduction scheme during periods of energy crisis in 2015
Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and deputy director generals Norman Macdonald and Bruce Tolentino signed an agreement to participate in the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) on 20 November at the IRRI Headquarters.
Under the program, developed by the Energy Regulatory Commission, power consumers with large loads like commercial establishments agree to voluntary operate their own generator sets during periods of power generation deficiency to reduce demand and ensure the availability of supply. Full or partial deloading to reduce power consumption for certain periods will help mitigate imminent power outages expected to occur in the dry season of 2015. IRRI has committed to reduce its load by up to a total 3.7 mega watts.
MERALCO was represented by its Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Group Victor Genuino, and Head of Public Sector Relationship Management Geralyn Solidum.
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