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Power Crisis II

15 March 2010




This memo is a continuation of my university letter of 23 February 2010.  I would like to commend the different units and offices of the university for complying with our power load shedding scheme (i.e., no aircon before 9.00 AM and after 4.00 PM for offices that open at 8.00 AM and close at 5.00 PM).  Very few have asked to be exempted from this practice.  Thank you very much for your cooperation.

I would like to draw your attention to our current use of energy these past few weeks.  Each of our two generators (one conked out on 05 March but will be functioning soon) consumes 100 liters per hour.  Over the last three weeks, the average time of power outages is 4 hours and 20 minutes per day.  Our average consumption of fuel for our generators is now 279 liters a day or P 10,323,00 per day (or a total of P 216,783 to date).  If current practice continues till the end of June, the projected expense of energy will amount to P 1.342 million.  Our current practice of having two generators run simultaneously is no longer feasible considering the financial burden.

In consultation with various units and offices of the university, I am asking the following ways and means to further curb our energy use.

  • Only one generator set will be used during power interruption.  In this arrangement, the supply of electricity for lights, fans, outlets, except aircon, will be assured.
  • IT facility, computer laboratories, library, and other priority areas can use aircon.  We will find a way to maintain continuous supply of power for the IT facility.
  • PPO will purchase and supply electric fans for offices and units with poor ventilation.  Please coordinate with PPO when requesting additional fans.  PPO will also explore ways of improving ventilation and air circulation of offices and units.
  • The generator set will no longer be used after 10 PM from Mondays to Fridays, after 8.00 PM on Saturdays and after 1.00 PM on Sundays.  It will resume its operation at 7.30 AM (if power interruption persists).  Another memo will be issued to cover the summer schedule starting 01 April.

This set of guidelines is a work in progress.  We will evaluate the guidelines from time to time and will make further changes if needed.  If there are major activities that will be affected by these guidelines, please inform Mr Roberto G Valerio so that special arrangements can be made.

I thank you for your patience and understanding.  I’m confident that together we can weather this power crisis.

I ask our community to say a special prayer during these very difficulty times.

For your information and consideration.

Antonio F Moreno SJ

Memo: 09-10: 64