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VECO urges households to switch to compact fluorescent lamps

Cebu City (30 October) -- With the high risk of facing power shortage due to lack of power supply and increasing electricity demand in Cebu, the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) urged households to shift to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to conserve energy.

Jeffrey Belotindos, VECO account executive hailed the government’s move to distribute CFL in exchange for incandescent bulbs (IB) as a means to save on energy and lessens dependency on fossil fuel.

Belontindos said since last year, VECO has embarked on their ‘Palit CFL’ Project. The project hikes awareness on the use of CFL rather than IB as part of their energy conservation awareness campaign.

"We have strongly been advocating the use of CFL and have been encouraging our residential and commercial consumers to decrease their electric consumption by using CFL," Belontindos said.

Belontindos admitted the Visayas continues to suffer rotating brownouts because of power shortage due to increasing demand and not enough power supply.

"Since the year 2000, we have been promoting consciousness on energy conservation measures such as turning off appliances or lights when not in use," according to Belotindos.

The Arroyo Administration through the Department of Energy (DOE) will distribute 13M CFLs throughout the country to enhance energy efficiency and conservation under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) basically aimed at pursuing the energy independence agenda.

The energy sector’s agenda focuses on attaining a sustainable 60 percent energy self-sufficiency level beyond 2010 and promoting a globally competitive energy sector. This means a lesser dependency on fossil fuel used to operate power plants, this is learned.

Around 5M CFLs will be distributed for the first lot where household consumers of four identified power distribution utilities’ in Metro Manila, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu City will be the beneficiaries.

In Cebu City, the VECO will serve as the partner of the DOE to distribute the 250T CFLs to its household consumers. The VECO said it would soon announce its distribution center in Cebu City where households can exchange its IB for CFLs for free.

The second and third lot involves the distribution of 8M CFLs where 4M CFLs will be given to Visayas and another 4M CFLs for Mindanao. The DOE plans to tap the various electric cooperatives next for the distribution process, this is bared. (PIA-Cebu/FCR)

Meanwhile, rotating brownouts hit Cebu recently as demand for power is increasing while there is insufficient power supply.

As of December last year, Cebu already posted a deficit of 151 MW. This is why Cebu needs to import 209 MW of power from Leyte but this is still not sufficient to meet the growing power demand, according to Jesus Alcordo, president of the Cebu Energy Development Corp. (CEDC).

Alcordo said Cebu only produces a power capacity of 179MW yet there is a demand of 437MW.

The CEDC president claimed 43 percent of the peak demand of energy in Cebu is being imported from Leyte and that this has worsened due to the growing demand for power which hiked to over 500 MW this year.

As of September, the deficit reserve has reached 200 MW although the National Power Corporation said the needed reserve is only 151 MW. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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