Luzon grid on red alert as power demand surges

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2019 10:47 AM | Updated as of Jun 19 2019 11:09 AM

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MANILA – The Luzon grid was placed under red alert, the highest warning, on Wednesday with cooling systems expected to amplify demand, an energy official said.

The red alert was raised at 9 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m., the National Grid Corp of the Philippines said in an advisory.

Demand is expected to peak to about 11,000 MW compared to available capacity of “a little under” 11,000 MW, the Department of Energy's Electric Power Industry Management Bureau director Mario Marasigan told DZMM radio.

Majority of the demand, Marasigan said, come from cooling systems.

There were no immediate power interruption schedules, Manila Electric Co spokesman Joe Zaldarriagga told DZMM radio.

Marasigan said the DOE was also looking into incidents of "unplanned and forced outages."