Luzon grid on yellow alert for over 10 hours

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   1375

MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Saturday issued another yellow alert notice for the Luzon grid following a series of rotational brownouts experienced in some areas on Friday.

In an advisory, the yellow alert is up for more than 10 hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Yellow alert means that low power reserves against high power demand.

The NGCP issued the second highest alert after Luzon grid on Friday was placed on red alert, which resulted in the implementation of rotational brownouts in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. It was the first time it happened after the grid was alternately placed under yellow and red alerts for consecutive days.

According to NGCP, the currently available capacity is at 10,326 megawatts (MW) while the peak demand is at 9,933 MW. This means the power reserve is only at 393MW, which is lower than the required 647MW contingency in Luzon.

Luzon grid has been experiencing a drop in power supply reserves due to unplanned outages of several power plants.

However, the Department of Energy assured there is no looming or ongoing power crisis in the country.

READ: DOE: No looming power crisis in PH

DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella told media last week that the potential causes of the current energy problems and its remedies have been identified.

The Energy official also hopes that the power supply in Luzon grid will stabilize in the coming days as some currently offline power plants will resume operations this week. – Robie de Guzman

AFP, PNP suspends ops vs CPP-NPA as Pres. Duterte declares ceasefire

Maris Federez   •   December 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have suspended their offensive operations against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA).

This, after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the ceasefire agreement between the national government and the communist group for the holiday season.

Read: PH gov’t, Reds declare holiday truce; eye resumption of peace talks

Department of National Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said the military will immediately implement the Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO) in accordance with the order of the commander-in-chief despite the red alert status that the AFP has raised in line with the communist group’s celebration of its 51st anniversary on December 26.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo M. Año, on the part of the police, said: “it is the prerogative of the President, as commander-in-chief, to declare a unilateral ceasefire for the Christmas season and we abide by his decision.”

Año has also directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to comply and to issue appropriate orders to all units in the field.

“While we remain vigilant and take a strong defensive stance, this will also give an opportunity for our policemen and soldiers in the field to spend a meaningful celebration of Christmas with their families,” the DILG chief said.

On Sunday (Dec. 22) PNP officer-in-charge PLtGen. Archie Francisco Gamboa issued a memorandum on the agency’s implementation of Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO) amid their full alert status.

PNP Spokesman Police B/Gen. Bernard Banac said that with this directive, the PNP will not conduct offensive activities from December 23 to January 7.

Año hopes that the rebel group will make use of the ceasefire as an opportunity “for them to surrender, avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Community Integration Program (ECLIP), rejoin mainstream society, and start a new life together with their families”. — (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Luzon grid on red, yellow alerts – NGCP

Robie de Guzman   •   June 19, 2019

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Wednesday placed the Luzon grid on red and yellow alerts.

In a Twitter post, the NGCP said the Luzon grid will be under yellow alert from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The red alert will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The NGCP said the available capacity of Luzon grid is 10, 962 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 11, 134MW.

These alerts mean that power reserves are lower than the demand. Rotating brownouts may also occur during the hours when the red alert is raised.

The NGCP said the current available capacity of Luzon grid is 10,962 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 11,134MW.

The agency added that the details on the cause of the issuance will be released by the Department of Energy later in the day.

NGCP: Luzon Grid under yellow alert

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2019

Courtesy : storyblocks

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Tuesday placed the Luzon grid on yellow alert amid thinning power reserves.

In an advisory, the NGCP said the alert will be in place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A yellow alert notice means operating reserves have dropped below the required 647 megawatts (MW) contingency in Luzon or equivalent to the largest unit online. 

Luzon grid status, 04 June 2019:Yellow Alert10:00AM-4:00PMAvailable Capacity – 11,764MWPeak Demand – 10,831MWDetails on the cause to be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) later in the day.

Posted by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Monday, 3 June 2019

The Luzon grid’s available capacity is 11,764 MW against an expected peak demand of 10,831 MW.

The NGCP said details on the cause will be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) later in the day.


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