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NGCP expects power supply to normalize by September

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) expects power supply to normalize by September, once hydroelectric power plants go online.

During a press briefing on Wednesday (May 15), NGCP division head for power network planning Fidel Dagsaan Jr. said, “Maging operational ito around August or September so doon magpapasok naman, (It will become operational around August or September).”

The NGCP again issued a yellow alert in the Luzon grid on Thursday (May 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Details on the cause is yet to be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE).

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DOE assures steady power supply on election day, entire week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday assured there will be enough power supply during the conduct of the midterm elections on May 13.

DOE spokesperson Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said at a press briefing that a task force election has already been activated since February to ensure stable, uninterrupted and reliable energy supply before, during and after elections.

The task force, created under Department Circular No. DC2018-05-0014, has eight members including the National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Power Corporation (Napocor), National Transmission Corporation, Philippine National Oil Company, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation, Philippine Electricity Market Corporation, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and the Manila Electric Company (Meralco). Six other supporting organizations are also onboard.

Although measures on energy supply have already been laid out, the DOE said, the energy sector will continue to keep a tight watch in case of power fluctuations during the election day.

“Ina-assure po natin ang ating mga kababayan that the energy family is working 24/7 not only for monitoring but we’ve also deployed our personnel to make sure na yung mga kuryente galing sa planta papunta sa mga polling places at sa mga canvassing stations ay magkakaroon ng sapat na kuryente,” Fuentebella said.

The DOE is also set to open a command center in its headquarters in Taguig City to receive reports and complaints on the power supply, ensuring immediate power restoration in case of outages.

Meralco, for its part, prepared 300 flood lights and generator sets to be used in polling precincts in case of power interruption. At least 300 linemen will also be deployed to inspect Meralco’s power facilities.

READ: Meralco on general alert during elections

Meralco also inspected the electrical wiring and other facilities in voting and canvassing centers.

“We’re actually 100 percent complete in terms of inspecting ‘yung mga facilites ng Meralco especially those serving the polling and canvassing centers,” said Primo Alonzo, head of Meralco’s Energy Management.

The NGCP, meanwhile, assured to monitor the power supply situation in case yellow and red alert notices will be issued over the Luzon grid.

“In case na mayroong disturbance na mangyayari, na hopefully ay wala, mayroon kaming naka-deploy na resources, tao, tsaka available na equipment, to mobilize doon sa site para ma-minimize yung disturbance,” said Santiago Dimaliwat, Vice President and Head of NGCP systems operations.

NEA, on the other hand, told provincial electric cooperatives to defer any power plant preventive maintenance works to avoid power interruptions in their franchise areas.

“We have also advised the electric cooperatives not to conduct preventive maintenance a week before and after the elections in order to ensure continuous power sa kanilang franchise areas,” said Artis Nikki Tortola, NEA Deputy Administrator.

In case a power interruption is inevitable, the energy sector said, polling centers will be spared from manual load dropping to ensure that polling and counting of votes will not be disrupted. (with details from Joan Nano)

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DOE: Power supply situation in PH may improve this week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The power supply situation in the country is expected to improve as more power plants resume operations this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

DOE said in an advisory on Tuesday that the Luzon grid is now operating under normal conditions after the reactivation of Sual power plant Unit 1. The plant went out last April 9 after experiencing a boiler pump leak.

The Luzon grid was placed on red and yellow alert status for consecutive days after several power plants went offline for various reasons.

It was placed again on red alert on Monday.

READ: Luzon grid on yellow alert for over 10 hours

READ: DOE: Brownouts possible as Luzon grid goes red alert again

A red alert means there is an existing generation deficiency or zero ancillary services, while yellow alert means there are low power reserves against high power demand.

Rotational brownouts were also implemented in parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to manage the insufficient power supply.

As of Tuesday, DOE said three power plants are yet to go online after going into forced outage. These are the SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (SMCCPC) Limay Unit 2, Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corporation (SLPGC) Unit 2 and the Pagbilao Energy Corporation Unit 3.

DOE Undersecretary Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella said in a press briefing on Monday that the power supply situation in the country is expected to improve starting Wednesday.

Fuentebella also expressed hope that the decline in demand during the Lenten season will further improve the situation. – Robie de Guzman

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Gatchalian worries over possible brownout during elections due to low power supply reserves

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

Senate energy committee chairman Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian

Senate energy committee chairman Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, raised concerns over the possibility of a brownout during elections.

This is due to the low power supply reserve in the Luzon grid.

“Normally kapag nagka-outage, isang planta lang, dalawang planta, tatlong planta, but if you’re talking about 1,400 megawatts (MW) at maraming planta ito then tumataas ang possibility na magkaroon tayo ng brownout sa eleksyon, (Normally during outage, it is only one to three [power] plants, but if you’re talking about 1,400 (MW) with several power plants then there is a high possibility there will be brownout during elections)” he said.

Gatchalian also said the Department of Energy (DOE) should investigate the spate of maintenance shutdown in order to make sure that there will be no power interruptions during election day.

“The DOE should remain vigilant for possible collusion due to thin electricity reserves in the midst of high demand,” he said.

The energy department is already meeting with the management of the power plants that had shut down.

From March to April, four power plants already shut down with a total of 1,352 MW loss in Luzon.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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