DOE: Brownouts possible as Luzon grid goes red alert anew

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2019   •   1472

MANILA, Philippines – Power interruptions may possibly be experienced in parts of Luzon on Monday afternoon as the power grid goes on red alert anew, the Department of Energy said.

In a Facebook post, the DOE said the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has issued red alert from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. followed by yellow alerts from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

POWER SITUATION UPDATE(as of 7:30 AM) I. Grid Condition IssuancesThe NGCP has issued the following Alert statuses…

Posted by Department of Energy Philippines on Sunday, 14 April 2019

A yellow alert was also raised in the entire Luzon grid earlier from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The DOE said the issuance of these alerts was due to the grid’s low operating reserves brought about by forced outages of several power plants. Other plants are also running at derated capacities.

“The Red and Yellow Alerts have been caused by insufficient operating reserves due to the forced outage of multiple power plants,” the DOE said.

“A Yellow Alert status does not result in power interruptions.  However, depending on system conditions, the occurrence of power outages from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM is possible,” the DOE added.

Luzon has 1,403 megawatts (MW) of gross reserves, Visayas with 88 MW, and Mindanao with 423 MW, based on NGCP’s power outlook for Monday.

The new red alert notice came after the consecutive issuances by the NGCP last week, mainly attributed to low power reserves.

Last Friday, several areas in Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan and Batangas reportedly experienced rotational brownouts to manage the insufficient power supply.

To avert the possibility of a power interruption during the red alert status, the DOE said the energy stakeholders will implement the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) system.

ILP is a system where participating companies will use their own power generation sets instead of tapping the grid. Participating firms will be compensated for fuel costs.

The agency also urged consumers to use electricity wisely and efficiently.

“Consumers may participate in averting any power interruption by the using their electricity wisely and efficiently. ‘Energy efficiency’ means the use of energy without waste, or ‘walang sayang’,” the DOE added. – Robie de Guzman

DOE assures enough power supply for the rest of the year

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2020

The Department of Energy (DOE) assured that the country has enough power supply to last the rest of the year due to the high amount of power reserve ever since the government implemented community quarantine.

DOE Asec. Redentor Delola there was an average of 30% power demand reduction in Luzon when several areas in the region were put under enhanced community quarantine.

Luzon currently has an actual gross reserve of 3,329 Megawatts (MW). From the available power capacity of 13,356 MW last July 6, the region only had an actual peak demand of 10,335 MW.

Power demand in the Visayas went down by 19%, and 20% in Mindanao.

Mahalaga po ito to ensure na ang mga pangangailangan, lalong lalo na po sa ating mga tahanan, ay nandyan. Wala po tayong inaasahang problema sa suplay (ng kuryente) (This is important, to ensure that the needs of every household are met. We have no impending problem with our (power) supply),” he said.

However, Delola said the Energy Department continues to coordinate with various agencies to address the power interruptions. He clarified that sufficient power supply does not mean that no power interruptions will be experienced.

Inaamin po natin na hindi naman natin maiiwasan lahat ng power outages mayroon po talagang hindi kayang pigilan may mga emergency na nangyayari tulad ng may posteng nabangga (We admit we cannot avoid all power outages. There will be emergencies that might happen like vehicles hitting electric posts),” he said. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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US-Iran tension definitely impacts local fuel prices — DOE

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) is monitoring the movement of fuel prices in the international market in view of the ongoing tension in the Middle East particularly between the United States and Iran.

Though the Philippines has a different fuel source other than Iran, the DOE said the conflict has hugely affected other Gulf nations where the country buys oil.

One effect, the DOE fears, is the delay in crude deliveries which will likely affect the prices of oil in the country.

“Ang Iran kasi napaka strategic ng location niya lalo na doon sa dadanan ng ating mga vessel o yung nga barges – iyong (Iran’s location is very strategic. Our vessels or barges pass through its territory, the) Strait of Hormuz,” explained DOE-OIMB Assistant Director Rodelo Romero.

“If you will notice in the past, once na magkaroon ng threat, yun ang target nilang sarahan (once there’s threat, that’s the first target for closure),” he added.

Among the countries in the Middle East that supply oil to the Philippines include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.

Meanwhile, the DOE confirmed that no oil company has yet imposed the additional excise tax on oil.

The Department has ordered all oil companies to submit their respective inventory reports until January 8, 2020.

They are also required to put up advisory in their respective oil stations before they impose the third tranche of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law on their products. – MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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DOE urged to create body to monitor new round of fuel tax hikes

Robie de Guzman   •   January 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a task force that will closely monitor the implementation of the new round of increases in excise tax on fuel.

Gatchalian made the call as the third and last tranche of tax hikes on petroleum products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law took effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

He said that under the TRAIN Law, the estimated rate impact on pump price for unleaded premium gasoline would be around ₱1.01 per liter, while the estimated rate impact of the third tranche of the excise tax on diesel price is ₱1.65 per liter.

For 100 percent coal contracted power distribution utilities, the estimated rate impact is around ₱0.03 per kilowatt hour.

The senator said the creation of the task force is aimed to protect consumers from premature price increases and profiteering.

“Kailangan paigtinging mabuti ng Department of Energy (DOE) ang pagbabantay laban sa hoarding at profiteering sa bansa ngayong nakaamba ang dagdag na excise tax sa huling pagkakataon,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

“Huwag na nating hayaan ang ilang mapagsamantalang retailers na ibenta sa mataas na halaga ang kanilang mga lumang imbentaryong produkto, gayong nabili nila ito bago pa man maimplementa ang third tranche ng excise tax sa fuel,” he added.

Gatchalian noted that local oil companies maintain a minimum inventory equivalent to 15-day supply of petroleum products as provided under DOE’s Department Circular No. 2003-01-001 or the Implementing Guidelines for the Minimum Inventory Requirements of Petroleum of Oil Companies and Bulk Suppliers.

The DOE earlier said the new round of fuel tax hikes are only applicable to new stocks imported beginning January 1, 2020. It also advised oil firms to deplete old stocks before implementing new price schemes reflecting the new levies.

Gatchalian also called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to monitor the prices of goods in the market in order to ensure that unscrupulous businessmen will not take advantage and pass on the impact of higher oil prices to consumers as a result of the third tranche of the TRAIN law implementation.

“Mabigat na sa bulsa ng bawat isa ang pagpataw ng excise tax sa krudo. Sana naman ay huwag na natin dagdagan ang pasanin ng taong bayan sa pamamagitan ng hindi makatarungang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin,” he said.

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