DOE denies Luzon grid on yellow power alert until June


Posted at Apr 17 2017 10:38 AM

MANILA - The Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday refuted a media report that the Luzon island has been placed on the second highest alert until June due to insufficient power reserves.

A newspaper citing the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) had reported that a yellow alert was raised in Luzon after several power plants were affected by a series of quakes in Batangas.

The report warned that residents may suffer brownouts and spikes in their electric bills for the rest of summer.

DOE spokesperson Felix William Fuentebella, however, clarified that power supply in Luzon became stable on Sunday night after several power plants switched on again, including the Malaya 1, Ilihan, Sta. Rita and San Lorenzo plants.

"Ngayon nga po hindi tayo naka-yellow alert. Sapat po ang ating supply. Nabuhay po ang mga planta, naka-connect po sila ngayon," Fuentebella said in a phone interview with DZMM.

(We are not even under a yellow alert. Our supply is sufficient. Several plants have run again and have been reconnected.)

Luzon has around 10,797 megawatts in supply, while demand is expected to peak at 9,400 MW in the afternoons, Fuentebella said.

"Malaki po ang reserba," he added. (Power reserves are high.)