NGCP: Luzon grid on alert due to quake damage

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2019   •   1152

Based on a study, only 89.6% of households across the country have electricity and 2.36 million have no power supply or are located in off-grid areas.

MANILA, Philippines – The Luzon grid has been placed under yellow and red alerts on Tuesday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said.

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

The announcement came after a strong earthquake jolted parts of Metro Manila and damaged several power generators, mainly in Bataan, on Monday afternoon.

These alerts mean that power reserves are lower than the power supply demand.

The NGCP said that today’s available capacity of the Luzon grid is 10,576 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 10,536 MW.

Monday’s strong quake had caused power outages in several areas Luzon provinces due to multiple trippings and drop in available capacity.

In an advisory, the NGCP said that affected transmission services have already been restored as of 4:39 a.m.

The Department of Energy (DOE) also activated its task force on energy resiliency following the earthquake.

READ: DOE activates task force on energy resiliency following Monday’s 6.1 magnitude quake

The DOE is set to conduct a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon to report on the energy situation. — Robie de Guzman

DOE: Electricity bill during ECQ can be paid in staggered payments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2020

The Department of Energy (DOE) said customers can pay their electricity bill by installments during the months under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Based on the advisory released by the Energy Department, electric bills with due dates from March 15 can pay in installments for four months once the ECQ is lifted.

“Binigyan po natin sila ng panahon para bayaran (We gave them time to pay [the bills]) after the ECQ in four equal installments,” according to DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi.

There will also be no additional fees for the consumers. According to Cusi, this is to ensure that consumers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic won’t have difficulty in paying their bills.

“Para sa ganoon po naman, medyo hindi magipit ang ating mga kababayan sa pagbabayad nitong mga nakonsumong kuryente sa kanilang mga bahay-bahay po, (This is to not burden our fellowmen in paying the electricity they consumed in their homes)AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

9 dead in Turkey after earthquake hits Iran border area

UNTV News   •   February 24, 2020

BASKALE, TURKEY (FEBRUARY 23, 2020)DAMAGED HOMES

Nine people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday (February 23) after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages and towns in both countries, government officials said.

Three of those killed were children and 37 Turks were injured, including nine critically, Turkey’s health ministry said.

The shallow tremor caused more than 1,000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting a brief rescue effort to find those trapped under rubble.

The quake damaged buildings some 90 km (56 miles) to the west in the Turkish city of Van, and to the east in dozens of villages in Iran, where state TV said 75 people were injured including six in hospital, though there were no fatalities.

Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.—Yesim Dikmen via Reuters Connect

Magnitude 5.4 quake rattles Davao Occidental

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rattled parts of Davao Occidental on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the epicenter of the quake that struck around 5:54 p.m. was traced 35 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental.

It had a depth of 190 kilometers and tectonic in origin.

The tremor was felt at intensity III in General Santos City, Tupi and Polomolok in South Cotabato, and Alabel, Saranggani; intensity II in Maasin and Malapatan, Sarangani, and Davao City, while intensity I was felt in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Phivolcs said there was no reported damage but aftershocks should be expected.

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