NGCP: Luzon grid on alert due to quake damage

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2019   •   1179

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

30 of 44 transmission lines downed by TY Ulysses now restored — NGCP

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is continuously conducting damage assessment of transmission lines affected by Typhoon Ulysses in several areas across the country.

According to the agency’s report on Thursday (November 12) evening, 30 out of 44 affected transmission lines have been restored. 

Meanwhile, the remaining lines are undergoing restoration.

The agency is currently conducting aerial and foot patrols to assess the extent of the damage to its facilities and simultaneously conducting restoration activities in areas that are already accessible.

Parts of Bicol region still without power after Quinta onslaught

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020

Widespread disruption of electrical power has been reported in the Bicol Region after the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Monday.

In an update posted on Twitter, the NGCP said that as of 6 a.m., areas of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur are still without power while supply in Quezon, Albay and Batangas areas have been partially restored.

Power supply in Laguna and Camarines Norte, on the other hand, have returned to normal.

The agency said the loss of power may be caused by transmission facilities  or distribution facilities of local distribution utilities or electric cooperatives affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta.

The agency added that transmission services may be 100 percent restored but energization may not be implemented due to unrestored distribution systems.

“Inspection and restoration of lines in the affected areas will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows,” the NGCP said.

“Please contact your local electric cooperative or distribution utility for updates on distribution system restoration and specific areas affected by the power interruptions, unless the outage affects the entire franchise area,” it added.

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 5 earlier reported damage and flooding in parts of the region due to heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Quinta.

In an initial report, the OCD said around 8,030 families or 24,736 individuals were displaced by the storm and are currently staying in evacuation centers.

Twelve fishermen were also reported missing in Catanduanes.

The local government said the distribution of food packs is ongoing in evacuation centers as it monitors the health and safety of evacuees to avoid possible infection of coronavirus disease inside the crowded shelters. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bryan Baldaraje)

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)

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