It’s a go for ‘green’ lights in CDO

It’s a go for ‘green’ lights in CDO

 By Rita Festin
Philippine Daily Inquirer
07/18/2009

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – This very progressive city located in Northern Mindanao will soon “go green” as 100,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) will be distributed for free to residential customers soon as part of the government’s energy efficiency program.

With annual growth in energy consumption consistently among the highest in the country, Cagayan de Oro City needs to meet its rising energy requirements.

Thus, a Department of Energy (DoE) project that will help reduce the peak demand and energy consumption by simply replacing incandescent bulbs with more efficient CFLs will be a welcome solution to the lack of power plants in the area.

Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco), the fourth largest privately owned electric distribution company in the country serving the city of Cagayan de Oro, the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan and the Phivedec Industrial Estate is participating in this bulb swap project.

Cepalco’s residential customers can visit any of its sub-offices located in Carmen, Puntod and Puerto with their latest official receipt, identification card and two functioning incandescent bulbs of any wattage, which would be replaced by Cepalco with a 15-Watt CFL.

The CFLs provided by DOE for the project are estimated to last for about 10,000 hours. This significant disparity in life span between CFLs and incandescent bulbs will result to a reduction in energy consumption and electric bills.

Ralph Paguio, Cepalco vice president, said electric distribution utilities would also benefit from this demand side management (DSM) project since it would result to a reduction in demand during peak hours thus freeing the utility’s distribution facilities for more productive use and delaying the upgrading of its facilities or purchases of new equipment.

Likewise, this will result in the reduction of customer’s electric bills due to the reduced wattage of the CFL without reducing the quality of the light that it emits.

“It’s a worthwhile project which Cepalco wholeheartedly supports,” Paguio said.

Other utility firms that will be distributing CFLs in their respective franchise areas are Manila Electric Company (Metro Manila), Visayan Electric Company (Cebu City), Davao Light and Power Company (Davao City) and about 120 electric cooperatives nationwide.

The bulbs to be surrendered should be in good working condition so that the reduction in wattage will qualify for carbon credits he stressed, and this is part of the project innovation. Later on, the recovered incandescent bulbs will be crushed and disposed of properly.

The project was made possible through a $31-million concessional loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), of which $18 million would be set aside for this National Residential Lighting Program where 13 million CFLs would be procured.

The 450 megawatts that will be taken off the load is approximately three percent of the Philippines’ total generation capacity, and will defer investments of some $450 million in new power plants. It will also save about $100 million annually in fuel cost, and avoid 300,000 tons of CO2 emission annually from reduced power generation, which is about $3 million per year.

ADB is the lead financing agency in the Philippine power sector, with a third of its total over $10 billion country lending in generation, transmission, distribution and sector development support. ADB also actively supports the government’s power sector restructuring and privatization program of power plants to encourage competition that helps lower electricity costs.

The focus of ADB’s future power sector operations will be on promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and improving the distribution systems in the rural areas.

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2 Responses to “It’s a go for ‘green’ lights in CDO”

  1. joy dimarucut Says:

    ala naman ganyang project sa sm ayala. sa sm bacoor lang yata meron. pag nagtanong sa meralco, di naman nila alam, subukan po ninyo… duduguin kyo. ty

  2. Alternative Energy Sources Says:

    I always used to study article in news papers
    but now as I am a user of net therefore from now I
    am using net for posts, thanks to web.

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