KALIBO, Aklan – The power demand of Aklan significantly dropped when Boracay shut down, according to the Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco).
Akelco said this is due to the suspension of business operations in the island.
The power cooperative provides power to consumers in Aklan and two Antique towns , Pandan and Libertad.
Akelco assistant general manager for engineering Engr. Joel Martinez said the current power demand in Boracay is between 10 to 13 megawatts (MW), lower compared to the previous 33 MW.
Martinez added that the four power suppliers of Akelco suspended the contracted bilateral power requirement of 38 MW due to Boracay’s closure.
This means only the actual power electricity consumption will be charged by the power suppliers to Akelco.
“Pareho ang power rate sa buong Aklan, tumaas man o bumaba [ang power demand],” Martinez clarified.
Akelco sources 39 percent of its power supply from the Green Core Geothermal, Inc., 26 percent from the Panay Energy Development Corp., 17.43 percent from the Palm Concepcion Power Corp., and 16.33 percent from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market. (With Aklan Forum Journal/PN)