DOE: No energy crisis yet

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2014 05:30 PM | Updated as of May 21 2014 01:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines - There is no energy crisis yet, as far as the Department of Energy is concerned.

This despite the red alert status for Mindanao and Visayas and the yellow alert or thin electricity reserve for Luzon.

Energy Undersecretary Raul Aguilos says there is still power shared by Luzon and Mindanao and there are still no rotating power interruptions plaguing the whole country.

Aguilos announced that the Visayas today (May 20) did not experience any brownout since Luzon gave around 91 megawatts of power despite it being under yellow alert.

He said Luzon will only stop giving power to Visayas when its reserve dips to 200 MW.

On Tuesday morning, Luzon still has 504 MW reserve, but it gave 91 MW to Visayas.

At around 2 p.m., Aguilos told reporters that Luzon posted its highest consumption ever at 8,627 megawatts.

Aguilos also said that Cebu, Panay and Negros Occidental have started rotating power interruptions due to insufficient supply. But this only lasted for less than an hour, eased by the implementation of the interruptible load program in Cebu.

Gov't action needed to solve energy problem

Meanwhile, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called the attention of government to come up with more concrete actions on the country's energy problem.

PCCI director Jose Alejandro said while the DOE talks about the commitments of those who plan to build power plants, what is more important is contracts it entered with distribution utilities or cooperatives.

"Marami raw nagtayo, pero ang tanong is kailan, ilan at magkano? Walang makapagsabi...puro commitment," he said.

Alejandro said the government must have a process where projects and bids are going to be laid down in a transparent manner. "Kulang sa proseso ng DOE, ERC. Maglagay sila ng proseso. Ano obligasyon nila? Meron bang international bidding?" he said.