Palace assures enough power supply this summer

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2014 03:10 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 11:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Thursday assured the public of continued supply of power during the summer season.

Quoting Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said government is ready to run the Malaya thermal power plant for up to 70 days to augment power supply.

"Government is taking necessary steps to ensure continuity of power supply during the summer season. According to Secretary Petilla, the government is prepared to run the Malaya thermal power plant up to 70 days to boost supply during the summer months, when demand is expected to rise especially in Luzon. The Department of Energy has advised power plants to undertake preventive and regular maintenance of their facilities, so that these will operate optimally during the peak-demand months," he said.

On Wednesday, Petilla said the DOE is getting ready for a tightness in electricity supply this summer.

Petilla said the grid is likely going to be on "yellow alert," which means if a major power plant bogs down, there will be rotating power interruptions because the reserve is thin.

Based on DOE's data, the projected demand for Luzon this summer will reach nearly 10,300 megawatts, while supply is projected at 10,500 megawatts.