LIST: Areas that may experience power outages on June 1

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2021   •   645

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas in Metro Manila and other provinces may experience rotational brownouts on Tuesday due to low power supply in the Luzon grid, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said.

In an advisory, Meralco said they have already identified areas that may be affected by the power outages after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon grid under red and yellow alerts due to low power supply.

The following is tentative list of affected areas between 12:01 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.;

BULACAN PROVINCE

  • Angat
    Encanto, Paltok, San Roque, Santa Cruz and Taboc
  • Bustos
    Malawak
  • Pandi
    Bagong Barrio, Cacarong Bata, Cacarong Matanda, Cupang, Pinagkuartelan, Poblacion, Real De Cacarong, Siling Bata and Siling Matanda

 CAVITE PROVINCE

  • Amadeo
    Halang
  • Dasmarinas City
    Sampaloc II, Paliparan I, San Agustin I, Langkaan I, Dasmariñas (Town Proper), Sampaloc I, Paliparan II, Sampaloc III, Sampaloc IV and Langkaan II
  • M. Alvarez
    Francisco De Castro, Francisco Reyes, Gregoria De Jesus, Nicolasa Virata (San Jose), San Jose, Tiniente Tiago, Gavino Maderan, Ramon Cruz (Area J) and San Gabriel (Area K)
  • General Trias City
    Alingaro, Buenavista I, Buenavista II, Buenavista III, Javalera, Manggahan, Panungyanan, Pasong, Kawayan 1, Pasong Kawayan 2, San Francisco and Tapia
  • Silang
    Adlas, Biga I, Biga Ii, Biluso, Bucal, Lalaan II, Maguyam, Sabutan, San Vicente II, Silang Town Proper, Acacia, Anahaw I, Anahaw II, Banaba, Bulihan, Ipil I, Ipil II, Narra I, Narra II, Narra III and Yakal

 LAGUNA PROVINCE

  • Los Baños
    Batong Malake, Maahas, Putho-Tuntungin and San Antonio
  • Biñan City
    Biñan (Town Proper), Canlalay, Dela Paz, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, San Vicente, Sto. Domingo, Sto. Tomas
  • San Pedro City
    Bagong Silang, Estrella, Langgam, Laram, Magsaysay, Narra, Riverside, San Antonio, San Vicente, United Bayanihan, United Better Living, Landayan and Nueva

 

METRO MANILA

  • Caloocan City
    Bagong Barrio, Grace Park, Maypajo, Poblacion and Sangandaan
  • Malabon
    Potrero
  • Marikina
    Barangka, Concepcion I, Jesus De La Peña, Nangka, Sto. Niño and Tañong
  • Pasig City
    Manggahan, N. Aquino Pilot Com (Napico), Rosario, San Antonio, Sta. Lucia and Ugong
  • Quezon City
    Kamuning, Loyola Heights, Milagrosa/Proj 4, Masagana, San Roque, Villa Ma. Clara, Duyan Duyan/Proj 3, Bagumbuhay, Escopa III, Marilag and Tagumpay

 

QUEZON PROVINCE

  • Lucena City
    Gulang-Gulang
  • Tayabas
    Lita, Mateuna, Nangka Ibaba, Tayabas, Tongko and Wakas

 

RIZAL PROVINCE

  • Rodriguez (Montalban)
    Balite, Burgos, Geronimo, Manggahan, Rosario, San Isidro, San Jose and San Rafael
  • San Mateo
    Ampid I, Banaba, Dulong Bayan I, Dulong Bayan Ii, Guinayang, Guitnang Bayan I, Guitnang Bayan II, Malanday, Maly and Sta. Ana
  • Cainta
    San Isidro, San Juan, Sto Domingo and San Andres
  • Taytay
    Dolores, San Isidro, San Juan and Sta. Ana

 

The NGCP said the red alert status is in place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will remain from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The NGCP earlier raised yellow alert from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be in place again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The available capacity on Tuesday is at 11,408 megawatts (MW) while the peak demand reached 11,593MW.

The NGCP said manual load dropping could be implemented to “maintain the integrity of power system.”

In case of supply deficiency, Meralco assured that corporations and commercial establishments participating under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) are ready to use their generator sets to help prevent / minimize incidents of power outage.

The power distributor also reminded the public to be energy efficient to help prevent brownouts by unplugging appliances that are not being used, avoid frequently opening and closing refrigerators and to clean electric fan blades and aircon vents for optimal use.

No brownouts? DOE expects better power situation during rainy season

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) has assured residents in Luzon that there is no need to fear power outages on Monday after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) raised a yellow alert over Luzon grid.

The NGCP on Monday morning placed the Luzon grid under the second highest alert due to reduced net operating margin after the operating requirement stood at 11,344 megawatts (MW) against the available capacity of 11,760 MW.

According to Energy Undersecretary Felix Fuentebella, the yellow alert status was raised after a power plant encountered some problems.

“Meron tayong yellow alert ‘pag nagkakaroon ng manipis, hindi naman siya kulang, pero manipis iyong supply,” he said during the Laging Handa public briefing. “Yellow alert means wala tayong aasahan na rotational brownout or power interruption.”

“We are expecting anytime soon, kung walang madadagdag pang aberya sa ibang planta, all things go well, as planned, mali-lift na po ‘yong yellow alert. So wala tayong masyadong dapat ipangamba,” he added.

The NGCP later lifted the yellow alert “due to sufficient generating capacity.”

Fuentebella said the DOE is expecting a better power situation in the country in the coming weeks due to declining demand amid the rainy season.

“Pababa na po ang demand, ibig sabihin po niyan ay nagkakaroon na ng mas malamig na panahon, medyo cloudy po ngayon kaya mas bumababa po ang paggamit natin ng kuryente,” he said.

“At dahil po diyan ay we anticipate a better scenario for our country and for the power system,” he added.

Earlier this month, parts of Luzon experienced power outages due to a shortage in energy supply after several plants went offline.

The DOE earlier said that Luzon grid might still be placed under yellow or red alert levels until July due to the scheduled maintenance activities of some power plants.

Singil sa kuryente ng Meralco, tataas ngayong Hunyo

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Magtataas ng singil ang Meralco ngayong buwan ng Hunyo.

Ayon sa kumpanya, pagtaas ng generation charge mula sa wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) ang dahilan ng dagdag singil sa kuryente ngayong buwan.

Nagkaroon rin ng pagtaas sa demand sa kuryente sa mga buwan ng Abril at Mayo dahil sa kasagsagan ng tag-init.

Bahagya ring tumaas ang buwis habang bumaba naman ang transmission charges at iba pang gastusin.

“Dala ito ng two factors. Una, tumaas ang demand in Luzon Grid. So between April and May supply month. Aside from the increase in demand, there were also challenges in the supply situation in particular the simultaneous plant outages of generation capacity,” pahayag ni Lawrence Fernandez, ang vice president at head ng Utility Economics ng Meralco.

Ang resulta, dagdag na P16.00 na singil para sa kumokonsumo ng 200 kWh; P24.00 sa kumokonsumo ng P300 kWh; P32.00 sa kumokonsumo ng P400 kWh; at P40.00 sa mga komokonsumo ng 500 kWh pataas.

Pero ayon sa Meralco, ang epekto ng mga nangyaring pagtaas ng demand noong May 31 hanggang June 3 ay hindi pa kasama sa bill ngayong buwan.

Titingnan pa kung magdudulot ito ng pagbabago sa susunod na bayarin.

Nang pumasok ang tag-ulan ay bumaba na ang demand sa kuryente pero payo ng Meralco, dagdagan ang pagtitipid. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

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DOH assures COVID-19 jab sites prepared for power outages, heavy rains

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday assured that COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country have contingency measures and protocols in place in case of power outages or heavy rains.

In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said vaccination sites have backup generators to be used in case of power interruptions to ensure the storage and quality of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

“Ang ating vaccination sites have been instructed to always be prepared for any type of disasters,” Vergeire said.

If a vaccination site lacks backup generators, this will have to be transferred to bigger facilities within the locality.

“Kung ang vaccination site mo, unang-una walang appropriate backup or option kapag nag-brownout, kailangang ikaw ay lumipat doon sa ating mas malaking vaccination site within the local government or pwede namang humingi ng tulong doon sa regional vaccines operation cluster natin.” she said.

“Meron po tayong mga ganitong pamamaraan para hindi masira ang bakuna,” she added.

Vergeire said regional health authorities have been instructed to inspect vaccination sites and storage facilities within their areas to prepare for the rainy season and possible power outages.

The Luzon power grid this week was placed under red and yellow alerts for three straight days due to the low power supply allegedly brought about by the planned and unplanned shutdown of some power plants.

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