BACOLOD CITY – Power consumers in Negros Occidental were able to help save 17.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity by participating in this year’s Earth Hour on March 27.
The total power saved was based on the figures provided by the three electric cooperatives on Monday night.
During the Earth Hour, participants switched off their lights for an hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Central Negros Electric Cooperative, which serves consumers in the cities of Bacolod, Bago, Talisay, and Silay, and municipalities of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto, reported the biggest reduction in power consumption of 14.25 MW.
Promotion Section head Malou Parocco said this can be mainly attributed to the participation of residential member-consumers, who turned off the lights in their homes.
The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative observed a load drop of 2 MW while Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative registered a reduction of about 1.3 MW in its power demand during the Earth Hour.
The Earth Hour, an annual activity that started in Australia in 2007, is part of the global movement initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature that demonstrates support for protecting the planet and stopping climate change.
Unlike before, advocates skipped the ceremonial switch-off events this year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The provincial government switched off all the lights at the Provincial Capitol Building and Lagoon in this city for an hour while some employees of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) lit candles at the Capitol steps to mark the event dubbed #Connect2Earth.
PEMO information officer Olive Seruelo said the study shows that the number one contributor to carbon dioxide emission is the energy sector, where sources of transportation and power belong.
Some 50 percent of the carbon dioxide comes from this sector, she noted.
“We can contribute to protecting the Earth by observing energy conservation tips. Switch off, unplug unused devices and conserve energy by walking instead of driving,” Seruelo added.
In Bacolod, the city government also switched off the lights in the city government facilities, including the Government Center and public plaza.
The City of Bago, north of Bacolod, also turned off the lights at the city hall and its other facilities like the coliseum and plaza. (PNA)