No brownouts? DOE expects better power situation during rainy season

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021   •   400

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.

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.

DOE refutes Pacquiao’s corruption allegations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday (July 7) refuted Senator Manny Pacquiao’s corruption allegations, saying the senator lacked research on the issue.

Pacquiao claimed that the energy department awarded the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) a contract without going through any bidding process.

“Mula sa P7,000 paid-up capital ay naging instant billion-peso company ang IEMOP sa loob lamang po ng isang taon,” according to Pacquiao.

(From a P7,000 paid-up capital, the IEMOP instantly became a billion-peso company in just one year.)

During a public briefing on Wednesday, DOE Asec. Gerardo Erguiza Jr. denied these claims and stated that the senator lacked research regarding the issue.

“Medyo ill-advised po yata dito si Sen. Pacquiao at kulang ng research no, dahil wala pong ganoon na pangyayari dito,” he said.

(Senator Pacquiao must have been ill-advised and lacked research because no such thing has happened here.)

Erguiza said that there was no need to go through any bidding process and that the IEMOP is under the mandate of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). He reiterated that the DOE is not involved in the operations of the IEMOP.

“Hindi naman involved ang DOE sa pagpapatakbo ng independent market operator. Pagdating sa operations, wala hong pakialam ang Department of Energy diyan,” he said.

(The DOE is not involved in the business of the independent market operator. The DOE has nothing to do with the operations.)

However, the DOE official said they are prepared to face any hearing and are willing to provide documents regarding any investigation on the alleged corruption.

Meanwhile, Senator Richard Gordon said the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee would need basis and evidence regarding Pacquiao’s allegations before conducting any hearing. Gordon said they have not received requests or any documents from Pacquiao.

“Investigation of corruption cases must proceed but my committee cannot investigate based merely on newspaper accounts. I have neither received any request nor has any Resolution been filed regarding Senator Manny Pacquiao’s allegations. Moreover, no documents have been shared with us,” he said in a statement.

“The Blue Ribbon must know what it will be specifically investigating. It cannot go willy-nilly into any battlefield without knowledge of the what, the who, the how, the when, and the damage it caused the government. Unfortunately, we have yet to see the specificity of the allegations,” he added.

However, Gordon said he has instructed the Blue Ribbon staff, as well as his own office staff, to get in touch with the authorities to find out any basis regarding the issues and will immediately act accordingly. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Red alert sa Luzon power grid, posibleng itaas hanggang sa susunod na linggo — DOE

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Posibleng muling ilagay sa red alert status ang Luzon power grid sa susunod na linggo dahil sa problema sa supply ng kuryente.

Sa pagdinig ngayong Biyernes ng House Committee on Energy, sinabi ng Department of Energy (DOE) na maaaring maging mahigpit pa rin ang supply ng kuryente kung hindi pa magbabalik-operasyon ang alinman sa mga plantang nagsagawa ng emergency maintenance.

“Ano naman yung ating nakikita for the next weeks? Yung end of this week hanggang next week, nakikita na kung walang makakapasok na planta, below the red line pa rin tayo,” ang wika ni Energy Undersecretary Mario Marasigan.

“So kulang pa rin yung ating regulating reserves, magkakaroon pa rin tayo ng red alert,” dagdag pa niya.

Bagaman ilalagay sa yellow alert ang power grid, tiniyak naman ng DOE na hindi na magpapatupad ng rotational brownouts.

Noong Mayo 31, at Hunyo 1 hanggang 2 ay isinailalim sa red at yellow alerts ang Luzon power grid dahil sa mataas na demand at mababang power supply.

Paliwanag ni Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, sapat ang supply ng kuryente bago nangyari ang rotational brownout ngunit nagkasabay ang pagtaas ng demand dahil sa mainit na panahon at pagbagsak ng ilang planta.

Aniya, ang iba sa mga planta sa bansa ay luma na ay kailangan na ng madalas na maintenance.

Nakadagdag pa sa delay ng maintenance ng mga planta ang hindi agad pagdating ng spare parts at technical personnel dahil sa pandemya.

“Ito pong pagkawala, the last 2 days ng supply is because po yung pagka sabay-sabay ng pagkasira nung 4 na malalaking planta po. That we lost around 2,000 megawatts,” ang wika ni Cusi.

Samantala, sinabi naman ng Energy Regulatory Commission na pinagpapaliwanag na nito ang nasa 35 generation companies dahil sa pagdami ng unplanned outages mula buwan ng Enero hanggang Abril ngayong taon.

Ayon kay ERC chairperson Agnes Devanadera, 13 sa mga ito ang tumugon sa kanilang direktiba habang ang iba naman ay idinahilan umano ang pagiging luma ng kanilang mga planta at delay sa proseso ng maintenance.

Kasama rin aniya sa iniimbestigahan ng ERC ang posibilidad na sabwatan o pananabotahe sa supply ng kuryente upang pataasin ang presyo nito.

“Kung wala namang maibibigay na ebidensya ay hindi naman namin pwedeng tanggapin yung ganun. So ang nararapat na kaparusahan ay kailangan ipataw naming,” ang wika ni Devanadera.

Sa huling linggo ng Hunyo at sa pagpasok pa ng buwan ng Hulyo inaasahan ng DOE na maibabalik sa normal ang supply ng kuryente kapag nagbalik-operasyon na ang mga nag-shutdown na plant at bumaba na ang konsumo. RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rey Pelayo)

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