Hotels seek energy-saving measures

As hotel operations in the country remain limited, hotels are looking for energy-saving measures that could help sustain and ensure financial stability amid the challenges posed by the pandemic.

In line with this, the Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA) recently held a dialogue with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to discuss how hotels can avail of the electric company’s assistance.

Among the forms of assistance offered by Meralco during the forum are the rightsizing of contracted capacity of each hotel establishment, energy efficiency measures provided by Meralco’s MServ, alternative solutions through renewable energy, and the operational efficiency through the digitalization of services.

Each hotel establishment has its own contracted capacity with Meralco. The contracted capacity is the maximum power requirement of the customer at any given time.

Meralco Vice President and Head of the Corporate Business Group Cecille Domingo assured that establishments under the PHOA hotel-members’ management can be covered by the company’s rightsizing of contracted capacity as long as they file a formal request through their respective industry relationship managers.

“We wish to thank Meralco for providing this forum for our members to raise their concerns on rightsizing the contracted capacity of their facilities. We look forward to keeping our communication lines open,” PHOA president Arthur Lopez said.

The dialogue with Meralco was attended by the owners and executives of PHOA hotel members: Astoria Hotels and Resorts, AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts, Conrad Manila, Discovery Primea, Discovery Suites, Ecohotels Inc., Grand Hyatt Manila, Hotel Monticello, Legend Hotels International Corporation, Makati Diamond Residences, Microtel by Wyndham, Phinma Hospitality Inc., Robinsons Hotel and Resorts, SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, The Heritage Hotel Manila, and Winford Manila Resort and Casino.