50-MW annual growth in areas of DLPC hit, say

THE POWER requirement of the areas of Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC) is projected to grow to 701 megawatts by 2025, a top official of the company bared.

To cope with demand, Arturo Milan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DLPC, said they will need a supply of 50 MW a year. He said this target is attainable as the Mindanao grid has hit surplus in supply.

The company’s supply, he said, is currently 463 MW, with 195 MW of power was sourced from coal-fired power plants, 80 MW from oil based plants and 188 MW from hydropower plants.

“Annually, our customer growth increases by 4.22%,” Milan said, as in July, the company had 358,805 customers, with about 4,000 industrial customers which consumed about half of its supply.

The company is distributing power to the cities of Davao and Panabo and municipalities of Carmen, Dujali and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte.

“The situation is now different because we are now having surplus in the grid unlike before when there were zero reserves. We also had the worst energy crisis six months ago as we had five hours of rotating brownouts for the first time,” Milan said.

Currently, Engr. Glenn Jay Reston, officer-in-charge of Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee, said the island grid is having an excess supply of about 600 MW. He said this would reach to 1,000 MW by next year once the new power plants will start supplying the grid.

Some of the new plants, he said, include those of Filinvest Development Corp., San Miguel Power Corp. and Aboitiz Power Corp.

Milan said there is a need to set up wholesale electricity spot market so the excess capacity would be sold in the market. He said there is also a need to convert big hydro power plants into peaking plants.

“Those should be converted into peaking plants as we need to conserve water to have enough water especially during summer period,” Milan said. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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