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Lawmakers question lax enforcement of sanctions vs power producers with unscheduled outages

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Senate of the Philippines conducted an investigation on the thinning electric supply in Luzon Grid brought about by the unplanned maintenance shutdown of some power plants.

The Committee on Energy of both houses of Congress, in a joint hearing, questioned the Energy Regulatory Board and the Department of Energy on the measures they have undertaken to counter the scarcity of electric supply during the hot season.

The lawmakers said they find the almost simultaneous unscheduled maintenance shutdown of power plants baffling.

They questioned the lack of clear policy on meting out penalties against erring power producers.

Senate committee on energy chairman, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, stressed, “We want to see a policy that will penalize the power producers because it’s their job to make sure that their commitment is always a commitment.”

To which, DOE Asec. Redentor Deleola answered, “As of now, none Mr. Chair. Again, depending on their contractual arrangement with their off-takers.”

Meanwhile, consumer group Laban Konsyumer insisted that the ERC should take after the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) when it penalized Manila Water due to the recent water crisis.

Atty. Vic Dimagiba of Laban Konsyumer said, “they can do what MWSS did. (They have) the mandate to impose a penalty.”

The DOE, on the other hand, said that they are now reviewing several policies, such as the Interruptible Load Program.

This is to prevent power crisis that maintenance shutdowns of power plants might bring. –Maris Federez (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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Luzon grid on red, yellow alerts – NGCP

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Wednesday placed the Luzon grid on red and yellow alerts.

In a Twitter post, the NGCP said the Luzon grid will be under yellow alert from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The red alert will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The NGCP said the available capacity of Luzon grid is 10, 962 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 11, 134MW.

These alerts mean that power reserves are lower than the demand. Rotating brownouts may also occur during the hours when the red alert is raised.

The NGCP said the current available capacity of Luzon grid is 10,962 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 11,134MW.

The agency added that the details on the cause of the issuance will be released by the Department of Energy later in the day.

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NGCP: Luzon Grid under yellow alert

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Courtesy : storyblocks

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Tuesday placed the Luzon grid on yellow alert amid thinning power reserves.

In an advisory, the NGCP said the alert will be in place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A yellow alert notice means operating reserves have dropped below the required 647 megawatts (MW) contingency in Luzon or equivalent to the largest unit online. 

Luzon grid status, 04 June 2019:Yellow Alert10:00AM-4:00PMAvailable Capacity – 11,764MWPeak Demand – 10,831MWDetails on the cause to be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) later in the day.

Posted by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Monday, 3 June 2019

The Luzon grid’s available capacity is 11,764 MW against an expected peak demand of 10,831 MW.

The NGCP said details on the cause will be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) later in the day.

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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,…

Posted by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Sunday, 5 May 2019

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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