Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest private sector electric distribution utility company, recently signed a subscription agreement with Aboitiz social enterprise Weather Solutions, Inc. for access to weather in critical service areas.
The weather data that could help in forecasting electricity demand, include historical, near real-time, and forecast for each of the identified areas.
Localized weather information is one of the breakthrough products of Weather Solutions and this proved to be critical in forecasting electricity demand. With more than 800 weather stations deployed, Weather Solutions is able to provide hyperlocal weather at any point in the country.
Vagaries in weather could affect electricity supply and demand, which in turn can drive pricing. With forecast coming from global weather models and the availability of its in-house meteorologists, accurate forecast can now be made available to utility companies as well as to other industries affected by weather.
“We are advocating for businesses to start considering and using weather analytics in their operations. As we progress in this engagement, we will be looking for more ways and innovations to improve current practices of our partners,” said Weather Solutions President Jojo Z. Marasigan.