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8 electric coops to distribute CFLs

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (6 May) -- Eight electric cooperatives committed to help the Department of Energy (DOE) in distributing compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) to all households in Mindanao.

Electric cooperatives of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and the Cotabato Light and Power Company will serve as official representatives in the proper handling and storage of CFLs to be distributed to households.

These cooperatives have also committed to store and dispose all incandescent bulbs (IBs) surrendered by the households.

Energy assistant secretary Mario Marasigan explained the right steps for distribution of CFLs to residential customers.

"Customers must bring the relevant electricity bill and IBs to be exchanged to the electric cooperative," he said.

Only residential customers are eligible in this program having a May 2010 electricity bill. Only IBs between 25W to 100W are eligible for exchange to a maximum of six CFLs per customer.

Marasigan also stressed the need for an intensive information dissemination along with the distribution of CFLs. Customers must be aware that these CFLs should be installed immediately and replace incandescent lamps, otherwise, no energy savings will be incurred.

The maximum energy savings will be achieved when the CFLs are installed only in high usage areas like kitchens, lounge rooms.

The collected IBs, on the other hand, will be crimped at the screw base to prevent reuse. The DOE provide electric cooperatives specific instructions for the safe disposal of the IBs and the documentation required for confirmation of disposal.

CFL distribution is part of the efficient lighting initiative of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project, an ADB-supported project with DOE as implementing agency. (PIA-XI) [top]

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