Tagal ng brownout sa General Santos City umiikli na, ekonomiya at mga negosyo sa lungsod, bumabalik na ang dating sigla

admin   •   June 26, 2014   •   3431

GenSan Mayor Ronnel Rivera (UNTV News)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Malaki na ang ipinagbago ng power supply situation sa General Santos City kung ikukumpara noong mga nakaraang buwan.

Kung dati ay umaabot sa sampu hanggang labing dalawang oras ang brownout araw araw, ngayon ay maikli na at hanggang dalawang oras at kung minsan ay wala ng nagaganap na power outage.

Bagay na ikinatuwa naman ng lokal na pamahalaan ng General Santos City.

Umaasa si GenSan Mayor Ronnel Rivera na tuloy-tuloy ang maayos na supply ng kuryente sa siyudad na nagmumula sa National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

“More or less, were ok kasi hindi na ganung na fi-feel ng tao yung tagal ng brownout”, ani Mayor Rivera.

Ayon kay Mayor Rivera, nagsimula na ring sumigla ang kalakalan sa lungsod dahil nagbukas na muli ang maraming negosyo.

Maraming mga malalaking convention na rin ang nagpa-book at nakatakdang isagawa sa General Santos City ngayon at bumubuti na ang supply ng kuryente.

“We’re glad na maraming kababayan nating gusto talagang pumunta ng GenSan para makita what is GenSan so basically were busy talaga preparing our city”, dagdag ng alkalde.

Ipinahayag rin ng alkalde na sa susunod na taon ay mag-ooperate na ang bagong tayong  power plant na inaasahang makatutulong ng malaki upang mawala na ang power interruption hindi lamang sa GenSan kundi maging sa ibang lugar sa Mindanao. (Louell Requilman, UNTV News)


IATF places Davao City under MECQ, Gen. Santos City under GCQ

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force on COVID-19 response has placed Davao City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from June 5 to 20 due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the area.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement a day after the Davao City government requested for the MECQ implementation in the city to address the surge of infections.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to implement a stricter quarantine classification to “allow a circuit breaker in the surge of patients inside hospitals.”

Duterte-Carpio said beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center are now at a critical utilization rate while its Intensive Care Units are already full. Two private hospitals in the city have also reached full capacity.

Roque also announced that the IATF has likewise placed the General Santos City under general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 5 to 20.

Under MECQ, only essential trips are allowed and non-essential businesses and services will be temporarily shutdown.

GCQ, on the other hand, allows travel for leisure subject to compliance with local government guidelines.

Luzon grid in normal condition, no power outages within Thursday — DOE

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Luzon grid is now in normal system condition after three straight days of being placed under red and yellow alerts, the Department of Energy (DOE) said Thursday.

“As of 9:00 AM, the Luzon Grid is in normal system condition. There are currently enough power supply reserves to accommodate the projected demand, which has significantly decreased due to adverse weather conditions,” the DOE said in an advisory.

“Barring any sudden increase in demand, no rotational outages are expected to happen within the day,” it added.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) first placed the Luzon grid under red and yellow alerts on May 31, and then on June 1 and 2 due to low power supply following planned and unplanned outages of some power plants.

The DOE said the power supply has normalized Thursday as the NGCP projected a total available capacity of 11,601 megawatts (MW), relative to the projected peak demand of 10,331 MW as of 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

The department, however, noted that power plants with a capacity of 435 MW are still on planned outage while those with 1,314 MW capacity are on a forced outage.

It also said that the Iljan power plant reduced its output to 716 MW from 835 MW in the previous week due to the ongoing Malampaya gas restriction.

“Pagbilao Coal-Fired Power Plant Unit 2 (382 MW), which is currently on forced outage since June 2, 2021, is expected to return to service on June 6, 2021,” the DOE said.

“GNPower Mariveles Energy Center (GMEC) Coal-Fired Power Plant Unit 2 (316 MW), which is currently on forced outage since June 1, 2021, is expected to return to service on June 8, 2021,” it added.

The agency also reported that the GNPower Mariveles Energy Center (GMEC) Coal-Fired Power Plant Unit 1 (316 MW), which is currently on forced outage since February 6, 2021, is expected to return to service on August 31, 2021.

While the Sem-Calaca Coal-Fired Coal-Fired Power Plant Unit 2 (300 MW), which is currently on forced outage since December 3, 2020, is expected to return to service on July 1, 2021.

The DOE assured it continues to monitor the power situation and will regularly provide updates on the status of the power supply.

“We have been working closely with the other enforcement agencies in pursuing options available to us to ensure that unplanned, prolonged, and perhaps even alleged malicious activities of certain players in the energy sector are scrutinized, investigated, and possibly penalized by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the Philippine Competition Commission, and the Department of Justice,” it said.

The DOE likewise reminded distribution utilities as well as the system operator of their contracting obligations to address the needed capacity increases for a reliable power system for its consumers.

“The DOE is pursuing its long term strategy of addressing the power supply and demand situation during the summer season and forward to the resumption of our country’s economic activities and recovery,” it said.

“We have put in place redundancies and even double redundancies to ensure the safe storage of our vaccines especially during this crucial period in our government’s vaccine rollout, and have laid out contingencies for the stable, reliable and accessible power for all,” it added.

Luzon Grid on red alert; rotational brownouts possible – NGCP

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Tuesday placed the Luzon grid under red alert with possible power outages due to low power supply.

In an advisory, 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.”

Rotational power outages were also implemented on Monday after the NGCP placed Luzon grid under yellow and red alerts.

The manual load dropping will be implemented from 11 a.m. to 12noon in the following areas:

  • ISELCO I (parts of Isabela)
  • NEECO II-Area 1 (parts of Nueva Ecija)
  • SAJELCO (San Jose City, Nueva Ecija)
  • PAMES (Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija)
  • CASURECO II and CASURECO IV (parts of Camarines Sur)
  • MERALCO (parts of Metro Manila)

“Schedule may be cancelled if system condition improves, such as if actual demand falls below projections,” the NGCP said.

It also urged the public to “exercise prudence in using electricity.”

The Department of Energy earlier attributed the power supply issues to high-heat index, unscheduled maintenance works and low-yield in supply, among others.


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