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Pangambang brownout sa Luzon malabo nang mangyari — DOE

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015

FILE PHOTO: Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. Jericho Petilla (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Matapos ang halos isang buwan na Malampaya maintenance shutdown, siniguro ng Department of Energy na wala nang mararanasang brown out sa Luzon ngayong Mayo, sa kabila nang inaasahang mas mataas na demand ng kuryente dahil sa mainit na panahon.

Ayon kay Secretary Jerico Petilla nasa 800 megawatts ng kuryente ang natipid sa loob ng isang buwang shutdown ng Malampaya.

Ngunit ayon sa DOE, inaasahang tataas sa 9,100 megawatts ang demand ng kuryente ngayong Mayo.

Ibig sabihin tataas ng mahigit sa isang libong megawatts ang kakailanganing kuryente sa susunod na buwan dahil sa mainit na panahon.

Sa pagtaya ng DOE, sapat ang supply ng kuryente para sa susunod na buwan kaya’t tiniyak nito na wala ng brown out sa Luzon maliban na lamang kung may masirang mga planta.

DOE Secretary Jericho Petilla, “Based sa projection namin wala, ang magpapa-brownout na lang dito ay basically kung mayroong platang sabay sabay na babagsak.”

Paliwanag ni Petilla, ang matinding init ng panahon ay maaring magdulot ng pagkasira ng mga planta na nagsu-supply ng kuryente.

“Kasi dyan nagbabagsakan ang planta kapag mainit na because the breakdown of the plants is actually correlated with the temperature.”

Dahil sa mas mataas na demand, inaasahang possibleng tumaas rin ang singil sa kuryente sa Mayo.

Una nang ipinahayag ni Sec. Petilla na sa kabila na tapos na ang Malampaya maintenance shutdown ngayong Abril, magiging kritikal ang buwan ng Hunyo at Hulyo dahil muling magkakaroon ng maintenance shutdown.

Sa kabila ng wala nang inaasahang brown out sa susunod na buwan patuloy ang paalala ng DOE na palaging magtipid sa pagkonsumo ng kuryente at tuloy makatipid rin sa malaking gastos sa elektrisidad. (JOAN NANO / UNTV News)

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DOE to push through with implementation of fuel unbundling

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

A gas station attendant holding a fuel nozzle

The Department of Energy (DOE) said it will push through with implementing Department Circular (DC) 2019-05-0008 which mandates oil companies to unbundle its fuel cost.

“Based on legal procedure, the department circular will take effect since the court is yet to decide on the petition,” according to Energy Assistant Secretary Robert Uy on Tuesday (June 25).

Through fuel unbundling the public will be informed on how much an oil company pays for cost of import, freight, refining, storage, taxes as well as the profit they make.

This will keep oil prices in check to see if there are any abuses being committed in the implementation of price changes.

Several oil companies have already expressed their opposition against the DOE circular because it will eventually lead to oil price regulation.

“While the DOE’s mandate is to monitor oil price movements, we believe that the circular leads the industry back to the path of regulation,” their statement reads.

The Philippine Institute of Petroleum Inc. (PIP) has already filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the implementation of the DOE circular.

At present, the Oil Deregulation Law prohibits the government from controlling oil prices. However the DOE does not share the same sentiment.

According to DOE Asec. Leonido Pulido III, the Oil Deregulation Law has an expressed provision in section 15. This gives the secretary of energy the authority to ask oil companies to provide information on oil prices.

“Ito ang disenyo ng batas para makapagbigay po ng mga rekomendasyon ang Department of Energy sa Kongreso ukol sa pagbabago o pag-amyenda sa ating mga batas regarding oil prices, (This is the law’s design so that the Department of Energy can provide recommendation to Congress on how to amend laws regarding oil prices),” he said.

Meanwhile, Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba said it is the public’s right to know how oil companies determine oil prices.

“Wala naman sila dapat itago, nire-report din nila ang kanilang profit sa SEC at sa stocks exchange. Huwag naman sana magkatotoo na ang presyo ng produktong petrolyo, masasabi nating ‘overpriced’ (They should have nothing to hide, they report their profit to the SEC and stocks exchange anyway. I hope there won’t come a time when oil will be deemed overpriced),” he said.

There will be a hearing on July 2 regarding the petition of oil companies to halt DOE’s circular on fuel unbundling.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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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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Water level below normal in major dams in Luzon

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019

La Mesa Dam

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Magat Dam in Isabela has increased by 10 meters from 162 meters on April 1 to 172.93 meters as of 6:00 am today (April 29).

“May pag-ulan doon sa may bandang Isabela, sa Mountain Province. Kapag doon umulan papasok sa water reservoir ng Magat,” PAGASA Weather Specialist II Edgar Dela Cruz said.

However, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said this is still five meters short of the dam’s rule curve elevation or normal water level of 177.45 meters.

Other dams like Ipo (101m), Ambuklao (740.44m), Binga (566.27m) and Caliraya Dams, on the other hand, have recorded a slight increase in their respective water level in the past days.

Caliraya dam collected an additional one meter at 287.13 meters from its water reserve of 286.14 meters on Sunday (April 29).

La Mesa dam has become stagnant at 68.45m while San Roque (from 250.63m to 250.08m)  and Pantabangan (195.10m to 195.05m) dams suffered slight depletion from April 28 to April 29.

Angat Dam, Metro Manila’s main source of domestic water requirement, has its water level reduced from 179.97m to 179.50m as of 6:00 a.m. today.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said this level is already below Angat Dam’s minimum operating level of 180 meters.

Nevertheless, the agency noted that such water level remains above the dam’s critical level for domestic use. It is critical, however, to farmlands that depend irrigation from Angat Dam.

The dam is continuously releasing 38 cubic meters per second of water a day for Metro Manila; while the allocation for irrigation has been reduced to 10 cubic meters per second (cms) from 35 cms.

Experts warn that Angat dam might reach the critical level when its water reserve continues to drop to 160 meters.

The lowest level recorded was in July 2010 when Angat’s water dipped to 157.55 meters.

According to NWRB, the water level in Angat Dam will further recede to 173.52 meters in May.

If this happens, the agency will decide on whether or not to reduce the supply for Metro Manila in order to have enough supply in case of delay in the onset of the rainy season.

Iko-consider din natin ang succeeding months kasi for preparation. One of this is baka magkaroon ng adjustment sa allocation kung kinakailangan if wala pang masyadogn mga ulan na dumarating,” explained NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr.

(We will consider the succeeding months for the preparation. One of these is a possible adjustment in allocation when necessary is in case the onset of the rainy season is delayed.)

The agency added that the weak El Niño is expected to persist until August but several areas will experience normal rainfall starting May. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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