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NGCP: No power crisis this summer season

Manila, Philippines — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) claimed that there is more than 11,000 megawatts power electricity supply this forthcoming summer in the Luzon island.

This is more than the expected peak demand in Luzon Region that can reach 9870 megawatts. As there will be a reserve of more than 1,000 megawatts.

“The power grid or the system demand for 2017 is practically no problem so meaning its okay,” NGCP Power Network Planning division head Fidel Dagsaan stated.

The NGCP claimed that a number of power plants will be conducting a maintenance shutdown, but it will not affect the power supply because newly opened power plants help increase the electricity supply. However, despite a massive reserve, the National Grid Corporation cannot guarantee that there will be no power outage.

“We cannot give that assurance because, number one these are based on projections and number two there are some factors that are beyond the grid control,” NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said.

If a couple of huge power plants would shutdown this summer, it might lead to a heightened alert, but not power outage because huge establishments that are members of the interruptible load program, are on standby.

The interruptible load program is the solution of the Meralco to the power supply shortage.

Instead of acquiring power supply from Meralco, these establishments will use their own generator to help increase the electricity supply.

Meanwhile, there is no reported power supply shortage in Visayas and Mindanao.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is consistently appealing to the general public to conserve energy consumption this summer. – Mark Julius | Velvetiere´

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