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Power outages might last until April 21

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

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced on Thursday (April 11) that the unplanned power outages might continue until April 21 “due to major generation inadequacy”.

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

Some generation facilities, however, are expected to go online before April 21 including South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC) Unit 1. It is set to go online on April 13, according to the alert issued by the The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Team Energy Corporation Sual Unit 1 is also expected to go online on April 13 while the SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (SMCCPC) Limay Unit 2 and the Pagbilao Energy Corporation (PEC) Pagbilao Unit 3 are expected to go online on April 16.

READ: Luzon grid on red alert again

The Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corporation (SLPGC) shutdown was caused by technical complications in the vibration of the primary air fan. It is expected to resume regular operations by April 21.

“The DOE called for an emergency meeting with NGCP last night and will conduct a follow-up meeting today with the ERC, NGCP, IEMOP, and MERALCO to coordinate efforts and address the situation,” according to their statement on Facebook.—Aileen Cerrudo

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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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NGCP: Luzon grid on yellow alert for 3 hours

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Monday (May 6) placed the Luzon grid on yellow alert for three hours.

In an advisory posted on its social media accounts, the NGCP said the yellow alert notice would be raised from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

“Details on the cause to be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) later in the day,” the agency added.

The NGCP issues a yellow alert notice on Luzon grid when power reserves are lower than the power supply demand.

The grid’s available capacity is 11,814 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 10,865MW.

Meanwhile, the NGCP assured that its power transmission services are still normal despite the magnitude 5.4 quake that jolted parts of Ilocos Norte on Monday (May 6) morning.

READ: Magnitude 5.4 quake jolts parts of Ilocos Norte

“Power transmission services of NGCP remain normal despite the 5.4 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte at 10:48AM, today, 6 May 2019,” the agency said.

Power transmission services of NGCP remain normal despite the 5.4 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Pagudpud,…

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No damage in power facilities and power interruptions were reported in Ilocos Norte and neighboring areas following the temblor.

“The Luzon grid remains intact as there are no reports of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in Ilocos Norte and nearby areas where the earthquake was felt,” it added.

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DOE, power sector urged to ensure enough supply during May polls

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco called on the Department of Energy (DOE) and the power sector to guarantee enough power supply during the election day on May 13, as well as during the counting of ballots and transmission of complete election results.

Velasco, the chairman of House Committee on Energy, said in a statement that this is to protect the credibility of election results amid the continuous issuance of yellow and red alert notices in the Luzon power grid.

“What the public wants is a fair, clean and honest election. If there will be power interruptions, I worry that it would compromise the results and credibility of the election,” said Velasco.

“Our energy officials and industry players must pull all strings to allay fears and meet the public’s expectations,” he added.

The Luzon grid has been continuously placed under red and yellow alerts by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) due to insufficient power reserves as a result of unplanned maintenance or breakdown of several power plants.

Energy officials have also indicated that the power supply woes could linger until June because of thin power reserves.

READ: DOE assures enough power supply during election

Although authorities have continuously assured that there will be sufficient power supply during the election, Velasco said contingency plans must be put in place to prevent power outages, especially during the canvassing and transmission of votes.

“They better be ready. We cannot afford to endanger the election processes and the results,” Velasco said.

The lawmaker also urged the DOE to fast-track the implementing rules and regulations of the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) to bring down the cost of doing business in the country of potential investors.

READ: Duterte signs Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act

The EVOSS law, which was signed by President on March 14, aims to reduce red tape and simplify the permitting process in the energy sector. – Robie de Guzman

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