Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal energy company, announced a partnership with IBM’s The Weather Company (TWC) to help make better decisions for the operations of its power plants in areas prone to natural hazards such as landslides and typhoons.

Operating 12 powerplants in the country, EDC is a pioneer in generating a 100% clean, renewable, and reliable electric power supply. The company ensures efficient operations to deliver a safe, adequate, and reliable power supply at optimum cost is key to its business.

Access to advanced and accurate weather insights has helped EDC understand the risks of extreme weather and decide whether or not to keep the plants operating through the hazard or implement a shutdown and secure strategy.

The 15-day hourly forecasts on-demand from TWC, the world’s most accurate weather forecaster overall, allows EDC better to predict potential hazards such as floods and landslides and take preventive measures to help ensure employees’ safety and protect
critical assets. The hyper-local weather data, delivered by IBM Cloud, also allows EDC to deep dive on how it can effectively supply energy to power Philippines’ businesses regardless of weather conditions.

EDC’s Malitbog Geothermal Power Plant in Leyte Geothermal Project, Philippines (source: IBM)

Companies can also access weather insights from TWC as part of IBM’s new Environmental Intelligence Suite (EIS), which brings proven AI and geospatial analytics together with weather data and innovations from IBM Research for climate risk analytics and carbon
accounting.

Organizations can use EIS to monitor and send alerts on severe weather, wildfires, flooding, and air quality. EIS can also help companies predict the potential impact of weather and climate change across the business, access climate risk analytics, and prioritize response efforts to
reduce risks. It can also help inform reporting on environmental initiatives and operationalize carbon accounting without overworking procurement and supply chain teams.

TWC services and EIS solutions are delivered to organizations in multiple industries worldwide by Filipino talents from IBM Client Innovation Center, Philippines.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report, extreme weather, climate action failure, and human-led environmental damage are the top three most likely risks for businesses in the next decade. OCHA’s Global Climate Risk Index 2021 included the Philippines as among the countries affected by recurring catastrophes. The Asian Development Bank estimates that the Philippines will lose 6% of its GDP annually by 2100 if it disregards climate change risks.

“Today, EDC is not only supplying naturally sourced renewable energy to our country’s national grid, but it is also demonstrating how technology can improve business operations in a more sustainable way,” said Aileen Judan-Jiao, President and Country General Manager, IBM Philippines.

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