ABOITIZ Power Co. said on Wednesday that it had signed up Widus International Leisure, Inc. to switch to its Cleanergy brand.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, the company said the owner and operator of the hotel and casino tapped AboitizPower for a 2.5-megawatt (MW) energy requirement, which is an expansion of its previous 1.5-MW supply deal.

“There are a lot of energy companies in the Philippines, so we are really honored to be the preferred partner of Widus in its journey toward sustainability. With AboitizPower’s proven track record in the industry, as well as adequate capacity of Cleanergy, we are confident that we will be able to support the current and future energy needs of Widus,” said Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower chief operating officer.

The energy supply is being sourced from one of the energy company’s renewable plants, the MakBan geothermal power plant that straddles the provinces of Batangas and Laguna.

The partnership was established in 2018 when the premier leisure destination at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga made the switch to the listed company’s brand of clean and renewable energy.

AboitizPower quoted Neki A. Liwanag, WILI assistant vice-president for corporate planning and compliance, as saying: “As a thriving metropolis, Clark is teeming with exciting activities and places of interest. Since it opened in 2008, Widus has become a leading destination for its topnotch facilities and world-class entertainment offerings. But apart from being known for our signature warmth and hospitality, we are proud to be a company that values sustainability.”

AboitizPower said Widus signed a power supply agreement under the retail competition and open access (RCOA) scheme, which allows businesses and institutions with a monthly average peak demand of 750 kilowatts to source their energy supply from a retail electricity supplier.

“In the retail electricity market, customers are given the opportunity to choose the supplier and rate that will allow for savings and security from market volatility,” it said.

AboitizPower and its partners have around 1,200 MW of Cleanergy capacity from its hydro, geothermal, and solar power plants all over the country. — Victor V. Saulon