History proves that the demand for electricity goes up during the summer months. The increased use of cooling systems and other appliances in households contribute to this increase. Electricity needs of a growing number of small and medium enterprises catering to local and foreign tourists further add to the demand.
As a consequence, the capability of hydropower facilities to deliver the needed electrical power during summer is curtailed. If there is no power generation facility available to handle the loss of the hydro power plants from the grid, brownouts occur.
This is exactly what happened to Mindanao in 2010. Two years later, with no new power plants coming in, brownouts have become widespread, becoming a cause of serious concern for businessmen.
Brownouts’ Impact On Businesses
A recent survey conducted by the Mindanao Development Authority and reported by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Mindanao Chapter) on the impact of brownouts to businesses in Mindanao stated that 84 percent of businesses incurred severe revenue drop, reaching as high as P50,000 per every hour of power shortage.
The remaining businesses surveyed said the impact ranged from P15,000 to P200,000 per hour of the daily brownout.
The survey further revealed that 23 percent of businesses suffered equipment breakdown, 20 percent reported revenue losses while 35 percent incurred delays in production operations and cancellation of transactions due to the brownouts.
Other businessmen led by the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce also raised concerned the power crisis currently besetting Mindanao would soon hit Luzon if government fails to fast-track investments in the power industry.
The Subic Bay Freeport Chamber said companies operating 24/7 inside the Freeport will be the worst hit once brownouts in Luzon become a reality. The group said not only manufacturing companies, service companies especially those that are tourism-based will be severely affected as well.
The group warned that based on the Department of Energy (DOE) estimates on the country’s Power Development Program, a power shortage is expected to occur starting this year if no additional power generation sources become available in Luzon. Luzon’s energy consumption will increase at 4.38 percent annually over the 2009-2018 timeframe while the rapid development in Luzon will require additional generating facilities.
The businessmen cited a study conducted by a team of engineers from the University of the Philippines’ National Engineering Center that predicted that brownouts will be growing in frequency and duration should additional power generation continue to be unavailable.
The study mentioned that the first stage of power interruptions is already happening in some areas of Luzon. It is predicted that by 2014, brownouts will occur 84 days a year.
The Need For Back Up Power
In the face of this scenario, small and large businesses need critical back up power or uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for its IT infrastructure to ensure continuity of operations and prevent data loss.
Schneider Electric, a global energy specialist in more than 100 countries, offers a series of APC Back-up UPS which provides abundant power, so employees of small and large businesses can continue to work through medium and extended length power outages.
“Schneider Electric carries a line-up of APC Back-up UPS that caters to the needs of all types of customers. We also offer energy solutions to companies to prevent loss of critical data, thereby preventing monetary losses to businesses,” Jeff de Sousa, Vice President for IT Business of Schneider Electric, said.
APC Back-up UPS Pro by Schneider Electric ensures availability and higher energy efficiency for residential, business network, data center, and manufacturing environments.
The APC Back-up UPS includes Pro 1200/1500, Pro 900, and Pro 550 with different specifications based on the needs of the customer. These feature automatic voltage regulation (AVR), which instantly adjusts high and low voltages to safe levels, so you can work indefinitely during brownouts and over voltages.
These series of Back-up UPS Pro includes unique “green” features like power-saving outlets that automatically turn off idle peripherals. A high-efficiency charging system and “AVR Bypass” also reduce power consumption and features an LCD display which gives the status of over 20 different utility and battery back-up conditions.
The UPS’ Battery Backup and Surge Protected Outlets keep a CPU, monitor and other critical devices running when the power is out or fluctuates and protects printers, faxes, and other equipment without reducing battery capacity.
The Data Line Surge Protection guards against surges and spikes travelling over the Ethernet and telephone lines while the PowerChute Software allows access to additional power protection and management features.
The Push Button Circuit Breaker, meanwhile, enables quick recovery from overload.
Customers can also enjoy a 2-year warranty, equipment protection policy and free technical and online support.
More than anything, customers can rely on the reputation of Schneider Electric products. The company has over 30 years experience in power and cooling management systems and offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments.