Luzon grid placed under yellow alert today due to thin supply

admin   •   February 26, 2018   •   3145

FILE PHOTO: Electrical transmission line (Cyron Monton / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Electrical transmission line (Cyron Monton / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the entire region of Luzon under yellow alert due to the limited supply of electricity.

The Luzon grid was placed under yellow alert from 11 in the morning to 12 in the afternoon, and from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The demand for electricity reached 9,081 megawatts on Monday, but the available capacity of the Luzon grid was at 9,971 megawatts only.

No power outage was declared in line with the yellow alert status.

NGCP placed Luzon grid under the said alert status due to the expected shutdown of several power plants and the limited supply of electricity. — UNTV News & Rescue

Meralco power rates to go down this September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will cut down power rates by P0.52 per kilowatt-hour this September.

From P9.56 per kilowatt-hour rate last August, it will go down by P9.04 per kilowatt-hour.

This is more than half of the projection released by Meralco of P0.15 to P0.20 per kilowatt-hour power rate cut.

If a family would consume 200 kilowatt-hours per month, they can save P105 pesos this month compared in August.

According to Meralco, the overall generation charge this month went down by P0.44 where P0.24 is the net settlement surplus ordered by the Energy Regulatory Board (ERC) last August 1.

“As far as overall electricity rates are concerned mula February 2018 this is already the lowest,” according to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.

Sufficient power supply also contributed to the decline of generation charge from power plants.

“Wala tayong instances ng red and yellow alerts unlike in the past (We don’t have instances of red and yellow alerts unlike in the past),” Zaldarriaga said.

This is the fifth consecutive month of power rate decline. However, Meralco still advises consumers to save electricity.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

ERC: SC decision might result in the cessation of power supply

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019

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The Supreme Court’s decision to deny the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) motion for reconsideration might result in the cessation of power supply.

The ERC has filed a motion for reconsideration of SC’s ruling to void over 90 power supply agreements (PSA) that did not undergo bidding.

“The High Court’s decision will result to the possible immediate termination of 99 affected PSA contracts which will result in the cessation of power supply to 52 Distribution Utilities (DUs) that are serving 13 million electricity consumers,” according to their statement.

There might also be a possible surge in power bills due to the said decision, the ERC added.

However, the ERC also said they will comply with the directive of the Supreme Court.

“We only need to seek guidance through a motion for clarification on how to implement their decision particularly on the rates and the continued supply of electricity to the affected public utilities,” according to ERC chairperson and CEO, Agnes VST Devanadera.—AAC

Meralco power rates go down in August

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will implement another power rate cut this August. This is the fourth power rate cut since May.

Power rates will drop by P0.42 per kilowatt-hour (KWH).

If a consumer consumed 200-kilowatt hours in a month, a total of P85 will be cut from their power bill.

Power rate cuts:

  • 200KWH     P 83.00
  • 300KWH     P 125.00
  • 400KWH     P 167.00
  • 500KWH     P 209.00

According to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga the power rate cut is due to lower generation price.

“Ang dahilan ay iyong pagbaba sa supply na nangagaling sa o binibili natin mula sa wholesale electricity spot market (The reason is due to low power prices from the wholesale electricity sport market), primarily because of improved supply conditions,” he said.

Zaldarriaga also said these cuts might still continue until September if there is enough power supply in power plants.

Since May, around P1 per KWH power rate cut has been implemented by Meralco.

“Sakali mang magkaroon ng adjustment hindi na masyadong magiging abrupt (If there will be adjustments it would not be abrupt). If the trend in the spot market continues and the supply continues to be more than adequate then asahan natin prices could be flatish (expect the prices could be flat),” according to Zaldarriaga.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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