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Batangas Electric Cooperative II inks agreement with Aboitiz Power

By Mamerta De Castro
January 11, 2020


BATANGAS CITY - Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BATELEC II) signed an agreement with Aboitiz Power under the Cleanergy brand for a 3-MW supply at Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas last December 18, 2019.

BATELEC II is the largest of all the 119 electric cooperatives in the country and has a peak demand of 132 megawatts (MW). The company’s move to go renewables is an initiative of the management to diversify its portfolio while continuously being responsive to customers’ call for more sustainable operations.

Eng. Octavius Mendoza, General Manager-BATELEC II, said although their business is already over four decades, this is the first time they ventured into the open access business and activate Local Retail Electricity Supplier (LRES).

“We’ve decided to source renewable supply to better serve our customers. It does not only bring a big difference in our company but also considered a bold move that is why we chose a dependable partner that can support us in sustaining the energy we need. We have a big trust on Aboitiz Power that it can give us our expectations,” Mendoza noted.

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Aboitiz Power First Vice President for Energy Trading and Sales Juan Alejandro Aboitiz said it is a big honor for their company to serve a growing number of customers who are pushing for a more sustainable energy source.

“We are very pleased that BATELEC II will partner with us for their Cleanergy Supply. We do hope the partnership will be stronger as time goes by and looking forward to bigger partnerships in the future,” said Aboitiz.

The Cleanergy supply will be sourced from the Tiwi-MakBan geothermal power plants, which are being operated and managed by Aboitiz Power subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI). It will be utilized by BATELEC II for its local retail electricity supply (LRES) customers.

The partnership is favorable as APRI’s geothermal plants are also located in Batangas and neighboring province of Laguna. In addition, APRI will also supply BATELEC II with a 20-MW emergency power supply for a period of one year from December 26, 2019 to December 25, 2020. The agreement for this additional Cleanergy supply was signed on December 23, 2019.

Together with partners, AboitizPower currently has about 1,200 MW of Cleanergy capacity from its hydro, geothermal, and solar power plants that are strategically located nationwide in support of the country’s rapidly growing demand for clean and renewable energy. (BHABY P. DE CASTRO-PIA Batangas)

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