Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Power supply stable amid scheduled outages – DOE

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Zenaida Monsada expects the power supply situation will be stable for the coming months in the Luzon grid, amid the scheduled power plant outages, due to the expected nearing end of the El Nino phenomenon.

"The power demand will decrease... before El Nino the peak demand was around 8,800 megawatts (MW)," Monsada said.

She cited the Luzon grid had a record power demand of 9,726 MW, with a forecast peak demand of 9,737 MW this week. However, Monsada said the 9,737-MW forecast demand is expected to decrease due to the weakening of the El Nino phenomenon.

The DOE chief explained the power-grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) scheduled the power plant outages away a week before and after the elections.

The secretary assured Luzon also has a standby capacity from the Avion and San Gabriel natural gas-fired plants, Malaya oil thermal plant and oil-based Millennium Energy.

Monsada also said the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), which has a de-loading capacity of around 800 MW is also prepared to run. The ILP works with establishments and offices de-loading their consumption through the use of generator sets.

She further pointed out the 382-MW Pagbilao coal fired power plant will be the largest power plant scheduled for shutdown in the coming months. (PNA)

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