Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada.
For the longest time, Mindanao has always been on red alert and has always had a deficiency in power supply. But the Department of Energy (DOE) said, Mindanao will finally be brownout-free before this year ends.
In the coming months, many power plants will be on line and this will help increase supply in the region.
Currently, the supply in Mindanao is 1,375 megawatts. The demand reaches 1300 megawatts. That is why there is a thin reserve of 75 megawatts.
Once the new plants become operational, there will be an over supply of power in Mindanao.
“There will be an oversupply towards the end of this year, depending on who will be online. It will exceed the requirement,” Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada said.
However, according to DOE, even if there is an over supply, but transmission lines are not secure, no power will reach the community.
This past few weeks, many transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation were bombed by unknown groups.
This was why the supply of power in some key cities in Mindanao was in critical condition during the election.
Monsada said, a law must be passed to secure the transmission lines and towers.
“We must ensure the continuous flow because even if we have supply but if you cannot transmit it, it’s useless,” Moncada explained.
Aside from this, the wholesale electricity spot market must be established in Mindanao so that power can be sold to every household.
As for now, small communities in Mindanao are enjoying free electricity from hydroelectric power plants because according to them, they shouldn’t be paying for power that is provided by nature.
(MON JOCSON/UNTV News)