‘Electricity enough for Dec. holidays’

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BY GLENDA SOLOGASTOA
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ILOILO City – A power company official claimed the newly inaugurated 150-megawatt (MW) coal-fired plant in Barangay Ingore, La Paz district will help ensure sufficient electricity supply during the holidays.

There is not much power demand during the December holidays, except during “peak hours” in malls, according to Engr. Petronilo Madrid, first vice president for Panay operations of the Global Business Power.

“Hindi naman masyadong malaki ang demand during Christmas season,” Madrid claimed.

“Unang-una, malamig, ’di ba? Pangalawa, marami ng school ang sarado,” he said. “Most likely, mataas lang ang demand during peak hours sa mga malls because of extended hours.”

Madrid stressed there is nothing to worry about. “Mayroon tayong more than sufficient (electrical power supply).”

He estimated the average local consumption during peak hours at 15 MW.

Currently Global Business Power’s coal-fired power plants produce more than 300 MW.

“And mayroon pa tayong diesel (plant) so, definitely, wala tayong problema,” said Madrid.

He said the only possible problem could be with the transmission lines./PN
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