LIST: Areas that may experience power outages on June 1

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2021   •   1048

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas in Metro Manila and other provinces may experience rotational brownouts on Tuesday due to low power supply in the Luzon grid, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said.

In an advisory, Meralco said they have already identified areas that may be affected by the power outages after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon grid under red and yellow alerts due to low power supply.

The following is tentative list of affected areas between 12:01 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.;

BULACAN PROVINCE

  • Angat
    Encanto, Paltok, San Roque, Santa Cruz and Taboc
  • Bustos
    Malawak
  • Pandi
    Bagong Barrio, Cacarong Bata, Cacarong Matanda, Cupang, Pinagkuartelan, Poblacion, Real De Cacarong, Siling Bata and Siling Matanda

 CAVITE PROVINCE

  • Amadeo
    Halang
  • Dasmarinas City
    Sampaloc II, Paliparan I, San Agustin I, Langkaan I, Dasmariñas (Town Proper), Sampaloc I, Paliparan II, Sampaloc III, Sampaloc IV and Langkaan II
  • M. Alvarez
    Francisco De Castro, Francisco Reyes, Gregoria De Jesus, Nicolasa Virata (San Jose), San Jose, Tiniente Tiago, Gavino Maderan, Ramon Cruz (Area J) and San Gabriel (Area K)
  • General Trias City
    Alingaro, Buenavista I, Buenavista II, Buenavista III, Javalera, Manggahan, Panungyanan, Pasong, Kawayan 1, Pasong Kawayan 2, San Francisco and Tapia
  • Silang
    Adlas, Biga I, Biga Ii, Biluso, Bucal, Lalaan II, Maguyam, Sabutan, San Vicente II, Silang Town Proper, Acacia, Anahaw I, Anahaw II, Banaba, Bulihan, Ipil I, Ipil II, Narra I, Narra II, Narra III and Yakal

 LAGUNA PROVINCE

  • Los Baños
    Batong Malake, Maahas, Putho-Tuntungin and San Antonio
  • Biñan City
    Biñan (Town Proper), Canlalay, Dela Paz, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, San Vicente, Sto. Domingo, Sto. Tomas
  • San Pedro City
    Bagong Silang, Estrella, Langgam, Laram, Magsaysay, Narra, Riverside, San Antonio, San Vicente, United Bayanihan, United Better Living, Landayan and Nueva

 

METRO MANILA

  • Caloocan City
    Bagong Barrio, Grace Park, Maypajo, Poblacion and Sangandaan
  • Malabon
    Potrero
  • Marikina
    Barangka, Concepcion I, Jesus De La Peña, Nangka, Sto. Niño and Tañong
  • Pasig City
    Manggahan, N. Aquino Pilot Com (Napico), Rosario, San Antonio, Sta. Lucia and Ugong
  • Quezon City
    Kamuning, Loyola Heights, Milagrosa/Proj 4, Masagana, San Roque, Villa Ma. Clara, Duyan Duyan/Proj 3, Bagumbuhay, Escopa III, Marilag and Tagumpay

 

QUEZON PROVINCE

  • Lucena City
    Gulang-Gulang
  • Tayabas
    Lita, Mateuna, Nangka Ibaba, Tayabas, Tongko and Wakas

 

RIZAL PROVINCE

  • Rodriguez (Montalban)
    Balite, Burgos, Geronimo, Manggahan, Rosario, San Isidro, San Jose and San Rafael
  • San Mateo
    Ampid I, Banaba, Dulong Bayan I, Dulong Bayan Ii, Guinayang, Guitnang Bayan I, Guitnang Bayan II, Malanday, Maly and Sta. Ana
  • Cainta
    San Isidro, San Juan, Sto Domingo and San Andres
  • Taytay
    Dolores, San Isidro, San Juan and Sta. Ana

 

The NGCP said the red alert status is in place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will remain from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The NGCP earlier raised yellow alert from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be in place again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The available capacity on Tuesday is at 11,408 megawatts (MW) while the peak demand reached 11,593MW.

The NGCP said manual load dropping could be implemented to “maintain the integrity of power system.”

In case of supply deficiency, Meralco assured that corporations and commercial establishments participating under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) are ready to use their generator sets to help prevent / minimize incidents of power outage.

The power distributor also reminded the public to be energy efficient to help prevent brownouts by unplugging appliances that are not being used, avoid frequently opening and closing refrigerators and to clean electric fan blades and aircon vents for optimal use.

Luzon Grid under yellow alert status on July 13 – NGCP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon Grid under yellow alert status on Tuesday, July 13.

In an advisory, the NCGP said the yellow alert status will be raised over the Luzon Grid from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

A yellow alert means that the grid has thin reserves based on the supply and demand but does not necessarily mean power outages.

 

The grid operator said four power plants are on unplanned outage while three plants have derated capacities, resulting in 1,522 megawatts (MW) unavailable energy.

The following plants are on unplanned outage:

 

  • QPPL – 460MW
  • Pagbilao Unit 2 – 382MW
  • GMEC Unit 1 – 316MW
  • Calaca Unit 2 – 300MW

 

The plants with derated capacities are listed below:

 

  • SLPGC Unit 1 – 145MW (derated by 5MW)
  • SLPGC Unit 3 – 23MW (derated by 2MW)
  • Sual Unit 2 – 590MW (derated by 57MW)

 

The NGCP said the available capacity is 11,067 MW while the operating requirement is at 10,924MW. This resulted to a net operating margin of 143MW.

Singil sa kuryente ng Meralco, tataas ngayong Hulyo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Muling magpapatupad ng dagdag singil sa kuryente ang Manila Electric Company (Meralco) para sa buwan ng Hulyo.

Ayon sa Meralco, nasa P0.23 kada kilowatt hour (kWh) ang madaragdag sa babayaran ng mga consumer ngayong buwan.

Ibig sabihin, may dagdag na P47 ang bill sa kuryente ng mga kumukonsumo ng 200 kWh kada buwan, P70 para sa 300 kWh, P94 para sa 400 kWh, at P117 naman sa mga umaabot ng 500 kWh ang buwanang konsumo.

Ayon sa Meralco, ang dagdag singil ay bunsod ng pagtaas ng presyo ng kuryente sa spot market at iba pang power supplier.

Ito na ang ika-apat na sunod na buwan na nagtaas ng singil ang Meralco.

No brownouts? DOE expects better power situation during rainy season

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) has assured residents in Luzon that there is no need to fear power outages on Monday after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) raised a yellow alert over Luzon grid.

The NGCP on Monday morning placed the Luzon grid under the second highest alert due to reduced net operating margin after the operating requirement stood at 11,344 megawatts (MW) against the available capacity of 11,760 MW.

According to Energy Undersecretary Felix Fuentebella, the yellow alert status was raised after a power plant encountered some problems.

“Meron tayong yellow alert ‘pag nagkakaroon ng manipis, hindi naman siya kulang, pero manipis iyong supply,” he said during the Laging Handa public briefing. “Yellow alert means wala tayong aasahan na rotational brownout or power interruption.”

“We are expecting anytime soon, kung walang madadagdag pang aberya sa ibang planta, all things go well, as planned, mali-lift na po ‘yong yellow alert. So wala tayong masyadong dapat ipangamba,” he added.

The NGCP later lifted the yellow alert “due to sufficient generating capacity.”

Fuentebella said the DOE is expecting a better power situation in the country in the coming weeks due to declining demand amid the rainy season.

“Pababa na po ang demand, ibig sabihin po niyan ay nagkakaroon na ng mas malamig na panahon, medyo cloudy po ngayon kaya mas bumababa po ang paggamit natin ng kuryente,” he said.

“At dahil po diyan ay we anticipate a better scenario for our country and for the power system,” he added.

Earlier this month, parts of Luzon experienced power outages due to a shortage in energy supply after several plants went offline.

The DOE earlier said that Luzon grid might still be placed under yellow or red alert levels until July due to the scheduled maintenance activities of some power plants.

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