Earth Hour cuts power use in Davao by 8.4MW

Subscribe Now March 25, 2013 at 07:53am

Big power users in Davao City, including giant shopping malls, switched off electricity for one hour on Saturday evening to join the observance of Earth Hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participation of power consumers in the city in Earth Hour triggered a substantial reduction in power consumption during the one-hour switching off of power, said Aboitiz-owned power utility Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC).

Ross Luga, DLPC assistant vice president for corporate communications and branding, said Sunday that the entire franchise's load dropped by about 8.38 megawatts (MW) during the Earth Hour, with reference to the load registered at the same time on Saturday, a week prior.

For 2011, the reduction was 6.84 MW and in 2012, 4.8 MW.

Also joining the Earth Hour were big shopping malls in the city, such as SM Lanang Premier, SM City Davao at Ecoland, NCCC Mall of Davao, Gaisano Mall of Davao and Abreeza Mall.

Other business establishments and households in the city also switched off their lights for an hour.

DLPC has been actively participating in this endeavor since 2008. Last year, close to 250 employees and its contractors joined a big Earth Hour event in one of the city's biggest shopping malls.

This year, Davao Light observed Earth Hour in its main office. A parade at 6:30 p.m. kicked off the event where employees, the Davao Light bikers club, contractors and their families participated in.

Attendees once again renewed their commitment to help save Mother Earth. Most of their vows are aimed at reducing the usage of power, water and paper. This is aligned with the Aboitiz Group's “Race to Reduce” sustainability program.

Davao Light is just one of the companies under the Aboitiz Group that took part in the global movement aimed at creating awareness to establish a bright, sustainable future through energy efficiency. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)


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