FILE PHOTO: Electrical transmission line (Cyron Monton / Photoville International)
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said, there is more than 11,000 megawatts power supply this summer in Luzon region.
This is more than the expected peak demand in Luzon that can reach 9870 megawatts.
As it turns out there will be a reserve of more than 1,000 megawatts.
“The power grid or the system demand for 2017 is practically no problem so meaning its okay,” Power Network Planning division head Fidel Dagsaan said.
NGCP said a number of plants will conduct a maintenance shutdown but it will not affect the supply because newly opened power plants help increase supply. But despite a big reserve, NGCP cannot guarantee that there will be no brownouts.
“We cannot give that assurance because, number one these are based on projections and number two there are some factors that are beyond the grid control,” NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said.
If two big plants would shutdown this summer, it might lead to a red alert, but not power outage because big establishments that are members of the interruptible load program, are on standby.
The interruptible load program is the solution of Meralco to the power supply shortage.
Instead of acquiring power from Meralco, these establishments will use their own generator to help increase the supply.
Meanwhile, there is no reported power supply shortage in Visayas and Mindanao.
The energy department is consistently appealing to the public to conserve energy consumption this summer. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue